Equipment Breakdown and Features

Raft Features

Multi-Chambered Hull

There are several air chambers in a raft hull for safety. They are inflated separately and allow for the raft to stay afloat if one of the chambers are damaged and loses air.

Metal Rowing Frame

A standard upgrade for any serious whitewater work. The raft supports the oar pivot points and creates and more hydrodynamic shape for reduced drag.

Floor

The inflatable floor of the Raft can be upgraded to a self-bailing model. When water enters the Raft you must bail the water out. While a self-bailing floor does not require manual bailing allowing heavier whitewater work because the raft is continually lightening itself in rapids assisting with changing courses. A lighter raft is easier to maneuver. Also refers to the wooden or metal floor attached to the rowing frame.

Thwarts

Thwarts are the inflatable tubes that run across between the hull halves keeping the raft from folding in on itself.

Foot Pockets

Accessory glued to the floor of the raft designed to hold the paddler in place in whitewater and allows for better transmission of paddle force to the raft.  The instep of the paddlers foot is inserted not the entire foot. 

Handles

Handles are used for moving the raft into and out pf the water.  Gear can be attached here as well.

D-Rings

These are D-shaped metal or steel rings attached on the sides and frame of the Raft. D-rings are used to secure lines or ropes.

Oar Mount

The oar mount is part of the frame and allows mounting for a pivoting U-shaped oar lock.

Oar Lock

A U-shaped attachment that the oars ride in; they help the guide control the raft by providing a pivot point.

Seat

The guide sits on a forward facing seat mounted in the rear half of the raft.