Originally Posted by TUNACAT
I'm in the market for a new frame as well. Getting some ideas. I have a 16' boat as well. In looking at your PDF it appears the oar locks are just a few inches back of the center of your boat? Is that right?
Notice any issues with that?
The crosspiece for the footbar is right on the center D ring on the boat, or dead center. The oar towers are set within a cutout that allows 12" of adjustment fore and aft - I run them about 12" back of the middle of the boat, and haven't noticed any issues with how the boat tracks or turns. But it's usually loaded down with people and/or gear to the degree that it wouldn't matter anyway. I could move it closer or farther if I wanted, but it's working for me. (see pics)
My key concern was a longer dimension of the rower's compartment, because I'm 6'4" and my wife is 5'5" (not that she rows much). I kept it versatile by allowing the footbar to swivel up or down to a couple of fixed points - a cotter pin hole on the left side locks the footbar for my length, and a hole on the right raises the bar up (and closer to the rowing seat) for folks who are shorter.
If I set the towers dead center, I think I would have had to shorten the overall length of the frame considerably to keep the kitchen box compartment a reasonable length (fore to aft). Or I would have had to order a kitchen box & a captain's chair at a much longer length. That would have been a huge and heavy kitchen box.