Originally Posted by lhowemt
Either I'm not following you, or if I am, this sounds like a crazy idea?????
Actually it works pretty good, but it has nothing to do with spare oars.
Took my daughter down the Grand when she was 17 and we rowed a tandem cat. Two cat day frames, one in front of the other, mounted on 18' Aire cat tubes. We had double the power for all the big moves (and the wind). Had about 14' of frame, so we had massive load capacity.
When I got knocked out of my seat at the top of Hance, we still had one set of oars in the water. On Badger, the very first rapid, it seemed like a very bad idea as I tried to yell directions from the rear seat. We quickly realized that the best plan was for me to match her stroke for stroke since I could see her and she could not see me (and neither of us could hear the other since we were both facing forward). So for the whole trip I was just extra power and she was reading the river and picking the lines.
There were several times I was rowing as hard as I could to somewhere I did not want to be. But it worked out great and with the "4 stroke" we had plenty of power.