Originally Posted by ArgoCat
Hey there. I bought a 15 foot Hyside Outfitter Pro and am a little surprised, and disappointed, at the differences between this boat and your other boats. Instead of four, or even three knuckles for thwarts, it only has two (one for and one aft). This change makes the boat less versatile. I like to take other families, plus my own, and without placement for a second thwart up front this makes it difficult to provide a safe seat in the middle for kids.
I was also a little surprised to see that D-rings have been placed were the thwart knuckles usually would be, but absent on the outside of the boat. Three up front and three in back but no D-rings in the middle of the outer tubes. This makes it fairly difficult to offset your frame back. If you push a smaller frame back to accommodate more passengers, then you have to run the length of a nine foot strap to hit the front d-ring, which isn't the greatest option. I can see where it all comes together if your running a four or three bay frame center mounted, but not everyone has the dough to pony up for a nice frame when they just spent a tone of money on a boat, and it would still be difficult to take smaller kids without the third/fourth thwart knuckle.
Did you buy this boat new or used? The model usually comes stock without thwarts and only 2 knuckles. It was designed for outfitters as mainly a gear boat/oar rig, so they normally don't need the knuckles/thwarts, but they can easily be added if needed. The D-ring placement was decided based on "most" of the needs of our customers who requested that size boat. Most of our customers are outfitters and it's definitely tough to place all the accessories in spots where everyone will enjoy them.
If you'd like to add thwarts and D-rings, give me a ring to discuss some good "buzzard" pricing.
Attached is a pic of the Pro 15.0 stock model. Hey, it actually has more D-rings, in the areas cataraftgirl would like to see. Is this how yours looks, ArgoCat? Otherwise, you might have purchased a custom one?