NRS scout bar, and other stuff...
I need a scout bar system on my NRS frame for my ocelot. This may also give me a place to rest my feet and legs between rapids. Some options:
-a plank of wood spanning the drops, strapped tightly with no side gaps
-a pipe spanning the drops
NRS lopros would dig into my tubes, and a holleander speedrail fitting may be impossible to get past the drop bends. Is there any other way to span a pipe between the drops? If I decide to try wood, would 3/4'' CDX plywood be strong enough? My scouting system would be toward my seat for the least performance hinderance while keeping my rowing bay open for re-entry. Any other scouting options for my frame anyone? I'm open to all opinions.
On a different note, in terms of re-flip, I am trying to think of a good flip line system. I believe I have seen Mark Cramer use 6 tag lines(4 on the horns and one on each side near the oar stands). Long tag lines would be bad but it looks like his side lines are made of 1.5 inch webbing, which I presume would hold more water and keep them in the river and away from the oars. They look to be 5 or 6 feet long. What if I had another of these stowed in my PFD to clip onto a tag line for re-flip? Sounds a bit tedious for a ticking clock scenario but you never know. I believe he also uses what look like NRS flip lines, as do many a boater.
Again, I am open to all opinions. Thanks
P.S. What length tag straps do you use on your cat tips?