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Old 03-18-2012   #11
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Thanks for the links. I think this is very similar to what the other posters were suggesting. I think I can probably work something up pretty inexpensive using my existing seats. Thanks for the ideas.

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Old 03-19-2012   #12
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you could basicly build an nrs skid frame with what you have-get some fence post, t-nuts, bolts and some u-channel steel that is about 1" wide and .5" tall. drill hooles in the seats along the edges, install the t-nuts from the bottom. cut the u channel the the width of the seats and drill holes that correspond with the t-nuts, then drill the same for the pipe. the flat part of the u channel sits on top of the seat and cradles the pipe inside, keeping it from wobbleing back and forth. the u-channel(not sure if that is the right name) is really crtitcal in kepping the raills from flexing back and forth as you row. it would probably cost you $20 altogeher- but you'll still need oar towers, locks and oars. I hope that was at least semi-coherent. good luck

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Old 03-19-2012   #13
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You could go even easier with the old school wood skid frame, just bolt a 2x4 from the front to back seat with carriage bolts then attach the oarlock to the 2x4s. There are plenty of bolt on oarlocks to choose from at fishing/outdoor stores. Not bomber whitewater quality, but should work fine for what you need.
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Old 03-22-2012   #14
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I'm a low-tech frame builder. There are two threads I started with lots of info from me and many others.

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