Originally Posted by Wadeinthewater
I've built two, one using a 14.5ft raft and the other on 20ft x 30in cat tubes. A 20ft round boat seems too big for a personal sweep. Other than the Middle Fork Salmon, where do you plan to run it?
They first ran on the Main Salmon and still do. Sometimes with a motor.
I have run a few. A Firestone 20 or 22 and a Maravia Chewbasco 20 footer?? or something like that. We called it Chewy.
The Firestone was the better sweep with larger tubes. It also weighed about 500 lbs just for the rubber. The Chewy we ran as a second sweep in low water and a couple of times on training trips as an oar boat. T
There were two completely different frames in play. The sweep blades were about three to three and a half feet long, inch wide and about a foot tall.
I didn't want anything in the row zone at all. That is the three or four foot zone that you dance around on in the middle of the boat. You could probably put something small up against the cowling but I like it pretty open in case something goes awry.