How to build a raft

1. Each team is responsible for removing its raft from the river at the finish and then carrying it to its raft transportation vehicle. You are actively encouraged to design your raft to be as light as possible so you can easily carry it at the finish. Our marshals may be able to offer you some physical handling resource but this is NOT guaranteed. Unsealed barrels fill with water and large wooden struts become heavy when wet so please consider all weight reduction opportunities when designing your raft.

2. Rafts shall comprise of two or more hulls that are held in position by struts or a platform. Use of tyre inner tubes is permitted. A canoe design is NOT permitted.

3. To ensure stability and prevent rafts overturning, the inside distance between the outer hulls shall be a minimum of one metre. The overall length of the raft should be 4 metres long as a maximum, 2 metres in width.

4. To ensure the safety of other raft crews, rafts shall be designed in such a way that they do not have any dangerously protruding or sharp parts and shall be constructed from non-toxic materials. Any barrels or containers shall be completely clean both inside and out.

5. When outriggers are used, they shall at all times be in full contact with the water along their whole length.

6. The rafts shall only be propelled by paddles including waterwheels, propellers or poles. The use of oars or rowlocks is not permitted. All paddles shall be home made and be of a single blade design. The use of commercially manufactured paddles is discouraged.

7 For safety reasons paddles shall not be attached to crew members.

8. For safety and timekeeping reasons it is important that the race marshals are able to identify all rafts at all race checkpoints. See point 9. below.

9. The allocated identification number of the raft shall be visible from front and both sides. It shall be clearly displayed above the water line in figures that are at least 230mm (9 inches) high. The figures shall not be affected by water.

10. The crew shall be able to manoeuvre their raft into the canal without any additional external assistance.

11. The use of polystyrene is forbidden even if it is enclosed or wrapped. The danger to the environment is too great to permit its use.

12. Take a look at these photos for inspiration from other raft races.

Useful contacts for equipment :-

Barrels………

Snow Business in Ebley have free 20ltr plastic drums available on a first come first served basis Telephone 01453 840077 and ask for Paul Denney

Can be purchased from Smiths at Coleford on 01594 833308 www.smithsofthedean.co.uk

Buoyancy aids……..

Can be purchased 2nd hand, from Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre……Telephone 01600 716083

Or visit www.ewetsuits.com    or   www.force4.co.uk

………It is also worth trying E Bay
Happy Rafting

 

Raft specification reproduced from Wellesbourne & District and Shakespeare Lions Clubs website