If you are a new team building your first raft you should aim to make it as light as possible so you can manoeuvre it easily at the start and the finish.
We do not want to tell you the best way to design your raft but
In years gone by we were always able to guarantee physical assistance in removing your raft from the river at the finish and then transporting it to close by your transport vehicle. However, none of us Lions are getting any younger which means we cannot guarantee helping you remove your raft from the river or help transport it to your vehicle.
There are plenty of pictures of past races on our Flickr site so please see if any of them can give you design inspiration.