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    cutting thwarts out of my Avon 14' bucket boat

    got a very clean vintage Avon 14' bucket boat beauty last year, so far the Lower D and John Day have been awesome. It's got a frame, a full 3" foam floor, and 2 thwarts, and on the longer JD trip we got to thinking that really, we don't need the thwarts.....i'm not planning on doing any paddle rafting (I think...really just want it for a safer fishing vessel for rocky or low water

    any opinions/experiences on cutting thwarts out? I checked, they are glued in. But cut out, the storage on the raft would be huge with a couple drop baskets.

    and if cut out, any leads on baskets that would attach to the frame?

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    Tapper, that is no problem. Gear boats with frames don't run thwarts. With the glued in thwarts, many of the old timers just deflate the thwarts. It might be worth having a professional "un-glue" them vs. cutting. By baskets, I think you means drop bag like this type of arraignment. Lot's of people make them. Head over to mountainbuzz.com if you want the input of a bunch of raft nerds.

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    could, with skill, cut them off with a few inches extra, and put eyelets in for a thwart if needed. Tying thwarts in with cord, webbing, or even snaplocks used to be a design feature.
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    Perfect, thx boys.
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    I had custom drop bags from tuff river stuff made. They are good and plenty burly. I had a sheet of udhp cut to size to fit over the top, then I just hold this down with four 1' straps. Makes for a nice seat. Tons of storage. Have fun.

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