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Old 04-22-2012   #1
cedar city, Utah
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Big Tubes w/ Narrow Frame

I have a standard Cutthroat frame but my tubes are in bad shape after a season of poor storage (not beyond repair). That said, I have a pair of 22" Aire Ocelot (post 2007 design) that I thinking go using.
The frame is 14" between tubes (bottom of frame) and 32" at its widest (oar stands). The widest tubes JPW sells for the Cutthroat is 19".

The narrowness of the boat already makes it more prone to flipping when broadside or with laterals. I am just wondering how much the extra height for the rower will be a concern.

Any thoughts or concerns? Has anyone else played with this frame with bigger tubes?

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Old 04-23-2012   #2
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I've known some folks over the years who ran JPW Cutthroats, and they did seem to flip easier with that narrow frame. Always have to factor in % of boat/frame design, % user error, and difficulty of the run into any situation. I would imagine that bigger diameter tubes aren't going to improve performance with that narrow frame, and may make it worse with a higher center of gravity. About the only way to tell for sure is to give it a try on a easy to moderate run and see how it feels.
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