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Old 06-10-2009   #1
gunnison, Colorado
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seat level?

Does anyone know how high your seat should be compared the oar locks?

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Old 06-11-2009   #2
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Varies per user. I strive for the lowest possible, i.e. top of my cooler, as low as it can sit to the floor.

your mileage may vary: mine certainly does.


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Old 06-11-2009   #3
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There is no simple answer to that. Lots of factors to consider. What's the situation?
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Old 06-11-2009   #4
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I'm a low rider too... Not only does it make easier to miss my knees on my recovery stroke but I feel more solid and connected to the mass of the boat. Also because of my low seat it took a couple of pranksters (coloradopaddler and afodge) eight days to devise a scheme to board my rig and wrestle me into the river. They called it "Operation Big Bear" they also knocked my 7 year old kid in in the process. He was so pissed that he pushed their boats back out into the river at the takeout. Payback's a bitch from a kid with an attitude.
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 06-25-2009   #5
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Send me your geometry: oarlength, draft, proposed seat height, oar tower center, oar tower height and the distance of your elbows above or below the proposed seat....and I'll model it in Basically, it's a triangle solution. Lower is... generally better
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Old 06-25-2009   #6
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I need my oar handles to clear my knees when the oar blades are out of the water at about tube height, or just a bit lower. Of course that depends on how far out of the water your tubes sit and how high up you sit. In bigger waves, it sucks to have your knees in the way when you need to get the oar out of the water. In mellower water, the towers can be a bit lower, but knee knocking is the key for me and what forced me to higher towers (I sit on cooler on raft).

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