Thanks for the link and the picture up top. I appreciate your time and thoughts. That is the 'new' Oar Saddle, I am not sold on it. Looks too flimsy for what I got in mind. Larry Bartlett runs Pristine Adventures (website above) and is a cool cat. He has some custom rafts made by Sotar, Feathercraft, etc.. His newest, the "Big Rig" is a big packraft. Sweet set up. 9' long, holds 1000 lbs, weighs 16 lbs. This is a bad azz pack raft. It is on his site. But the oar saddle he offers I am not 100% sure about yet.
These trips have me flying 4,500 miles from NC to Anchorage, then 600 miles north to Kotzebue, then in a bush plane another 70 miles. We get dropped off and float 40-60 miles over two weeks fishing our way down river.
John seems to have a really good grasp on what I am thinking. We have a 15' Sotar bucket with 24 lb 4 piece breakdown frame from Riverboat Works, 3 piece Sawyer pole cats, etc.. We also have a 16.5' Ally pack canoe, but it is only suitable for certain rivers limited by our skill level of course.
But for this upcoming 2 week float in Sept, we need a smaller boat that is lighter. The old version of the Oar Saddle was quite nice looking, but maker (Ken Rotchy) went out of business. Searching for an old used one seems futile. Spent hours on Craigslist today. Zilch.
I am now scratching my head and hoping I meet someone smarter than me
Old (original) oar saddle....