The flooding of the Assiniboine River wasn’t enough to stop us from taking our raft to the next level. Literally.
Last years raft has been improved with an upper deck. Again we brought along two couches, a coal BBQ, and enough beer to last us the trip.
I’ve been thinking of ways to make this years raft experience better than ever. One idea floating around is the possibility of turning the current raft into a double-decker!
Stability is a definite issue. 55 gallon barrels on the outside of the raft should help with this, though passengers will still need to be mindful of their movements.
Some other features which may be added in the final design include an in-floor cooler for delicious adult-beverages and wheels for easier launch and recovery.
October 9th, 2010 we took the raft out for one more run down the river before the cold of fall/winter would set in. This time around we stepped it up by equipping our raft with two couches, a coal BBQ and a small stereo. Using our iPhones, we filmed what would be the most epic rafting video to ever be made.
At the end of the video you may have noticed that one of the couches is floating in the water, surprising not because of the fire. This would be because Trent had an unfortunate accident, only meters from our docking destination. While paddling the couch flipped over backwards; He went along with it, destroying his phone and him becoming uncomfortably wet. The couch was a loss but the raft was once again safely recovered.
We will most definitely be using the raft again next year. Of course we will have to find a way to top ourselves yet again.
To celebrate the long weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to build ourselves a raft. Using old 2×4′s and plywood, we built a 8′ x 10′ raft. Using ~60 large jugs for floatation, our rough calculations told us that our raft could support up to 1600lbs. This made us quite confident our raft would easily be able to carry us to our destination in comfort.
We planned to start West of Brandon, MB and float our way to 1st Street where we would return to land. We launched from under the highway bridge which crossed the river.
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Amazingly the raft worked! After launching the raft was incredibly stable and did not seem to be sinking.
We nearly completed our trip without any issues, except for one fallen tree which nearly swept the raft clean.
Our trip lasted close to 5 hours, which was longer than we had expect, especially since the current was so fast. We had also started a lot later in the day than we would have preferred and after the 5 hour adventure, the sun was beginning to set. We cut our trip short and headed for land. The raft was recovered and has been stored away for future adventures. I anticipate more couches and perhaps a BBQ.