Well I don't remember much, but my raft flipped when I accidentally entered a rapid sideways. I had used double 50mm velcro to fasten the front and back part together. That solution turned out to be almost too slow to tear open. The front part with zippers was also too front to effectively exit the boat. Luckily the gluing on rear part gave out as I struggled to get free. My hand got entangled with boat's mooring line, but as I got free of the boat, it filled with water and pulled me to shore.AeroNautiCal wrote:Glad to hear that you are safe.
When (if) you feel able to, would you consider sharing your experience with your homemade spray deck in more detail?
I lost half my gear to the river but learned to appreciate all the work that people in Alpacka put to spray deck design. I'm not going to gamble with my life again.
-lost camera, 200€
-lost helmet, 60€
-lost paddle, 70€
+saved life, priceless
PS: I was 100% I would be able to exit the raft safely. Triple check your designs if you're going to run rapids with self-made deck.