That was a rented boat, so it took me a bit to get it dialed in. After a couple of days with the wood sawyers, I borrowed someone elses spares, which were carlisles which was what I rowed at home. I pretty much wanted the blades, the skinny sawyers were just too different for me.
I did eventually turn around the oar towers, which helped with the counter balance issue and power stroke. Those darn towers kept coming loose, about drove me nuts, the downside of rented gear.
Yes, a bit tight between the rocket boxes, but I found I liked it because I could brace against them, hence the need for padding. With the cobbled together footbrace, and nothing to pull back against, bracing against those boxes really helped. Yup, there was a diamond plate floor.
Originally Posted by lmaciag
Not much room for your legs between the rows of ammo cans, but I like the thought. I have a lot of wasted space there. Tried to go cheap and got two mini-20 ammo cans, but need to find a different way to rig it or change it. Do you have a floor to suspend them?
I have a row of ammo cans in one of the bays suspended by the handles... works so far. However, I cannot access any of my dry storage during the day b/c of my table/paco pad. Currently trying to solve that problem.
You have your DRE oar towers backwards from mine. I just left it how they were installed when I got it. Did you switch them? For any reason? Maybe that's why you needed to add the beer can counter-weights (great engineering!)... The fulcrum on mine is perhaps more centered. Just thoughts.
Love the diamond plate double rails... really didn't know what I was doing when I designed it. Part of why I had to go back to DRE and turn the 3-bay into a 4-bay (about $120 later, I was happy) and now have visions of side boards running through my head.
Tiggy - sweet setup, I'm jealous of the nice captains boxes, instead of rocket boxes. I think we're going to get one of those swinging umbrellas too. In hindsight having one break last summer on the Lower salmon now means we must replace!
The oar towers on "my" boat are out also. I have them tipped a bit out too, I run 10' oars (14' boat) but try to get close to the 1/3:2/3 rule of thumb, but I'm still not quite there. I'll take some photos in a couple of days (if it quits snowing), it is totally decked out in polymax. I wonder if a diamond plate piece would be better than wood for my front bay decking (as in lighter), but in the end all of it is heavy. Right now it's rigged up for day trips, with the smaller cooler (and more polymax to brace it in the bay sized for the big cooler) and no rocket boxes.
Laurie- on our old boat, I didn't have a double rail frame, but I made some small sections of NRS pipe to connect the cross bars to make a virtual double rail, and put the polymax on that. Or, NRS now has some newfangled jigs to put wood platforms on without a double rail. They look a bit funky to me but I've spoken with Clyde there a lot when I was playing with my new frame design, and he mentioned that they've beta tested them quite a bit. perhaps a good solution for no double rail, and then you don't have the added weight of the 2nd rail.
Just a reminder on retail places for tractor umbrellas: