Originally Posted by 4peace1piece
Blackbugger: Very good info. Would you be willing to divulge the total cost it took to build the raft in the pic? With frame/seats, floor and all? Thx.
The initial frame was the San Juan;
3 bay rowing frame
kick bar (to put your feet on when rowing)
front standup with horns
anchor system with swivel seat
That all came to $1874.95
I opted out of the front poly deck and got the front flip seat so I could stick a cooler or dry box under it. some people mount a chair on a strong cooler or dry box. I wanted to be able to take a cooler or dry box out with out a seat on it.
this seemed like a good solution but I should have worked out the logistics better before I ordered it. I told them to put the dry box in front (another custom piece made to fit) and I should have had them put it under the captains seat.
You end up going into the cooler a whole lot more than the dry box and the rower doesn't want to have to deal with that.
That meant that the cooler needed about 3 more inches up front which meant the flip seat bracket needed to be 3" longer hence the re-weld.
The captains chair, which also flips, couldn't really be lengthened or shortened so I had to lengthen the flanges for the dry box so it would properly rest on the rails.
Had I figured that all out before hand I would have saved myself some work.
I changed the horns out for no-snags.
I got the deluxe swivel seat for the front which was a waste of money. Super uncomfortable, makes you feel like you're going to slide out of the seat and I hhad to take that apart and carve the foam into more usable seat, everyone made a point of telling me how much the front seat sucked.
I should have just gone with their regular seat which is far more comfortable and cheaper.
The anchor system was upgraded to 2:1 ratio. Just an extra fitting so the rope goes through a pully attached to the anchor and makes it easier to pull up (girlfriend)
Diamond plate floor for the front ( no floor in back, just the raft floor)
The floor and the dry box were spendy at $400 and $490 apiece.
Rear stand up and horns.
I was dubious about this piece but thought I would spend the money as long as I was spending money trying to make the best raft setup I could think of.
I'm glad I got it. It works great casting to river right, front and slightly river left.
If you turn 90 degrees to the left facing the bank it's useless, you just drop your strips onto the floor.
It is also handy for setting your fly rod in and whatever else you need to throw in the raft in a hurry, fly boxes, beers, gloves etc. I'm surprised how convenient it is for throwing things in
including the net with a fish in it if you have a difficult hook to get out.
I bought the Maravia through DRE since they needed the raft to fit all the pieces the way I wanted. It's all custom bent and welded to fit perfectly. The front stand up should have been shorter as I said before but that was the only issue.
They called me several times to ask questions about how I wanted certain things.
So, the raft was $5419.00
The San Juan was $1874.95
Shipping was $300.00
All the custom stuff was $1579
Total of $9173.00
WITHOUT oars, cooler, anchor..I think that's it.
Another cool thing about that front standup is that if you unstrap the bar from the raft and remove the casting basket bracket (allen wrench, less than a minute), the whole thing folds back into the rowers space. It fits perfect and is out of the way and under your feet if rowing. Perfect for sitting and casting hoppers and salmonflies.
I've also bought some poly deck and cut pieces to add flat space to set stuff on either side of the rower seat and front seat. I also made recessed drink holders in those pieces. They are held on with heavy duty cable ties.