Originally Posted by BoscoBoater
Why would you need to sit so high above the tubes in the first place? My seat is mounted about an inch higher than the tubes. The oar towers are about 6".
My frame is flat with no drop bars. I can make the gap as narrow or as wide as I want. I keep it narrow when I am running light with the the day frame and make it quite wide when I add the cargo module. With the cargo module, I can load the coolers between the tubes low and centered.
I haven't had any problem with my oars hitting gear yet, and I carry plenty 'o gear. It's all in how you pack it.
Even fully loaded, it still sits a lot lower than my other raft with it's 26 inch tubes. And it hauls a shitload more.
Your missing the biggest benefits to me... It is paid for, backed up by a quality manufacture, is still in excellent shape and should stay that way for many years to come.
I sit on a lowback seat above a drybox that is about 13" deep. So my seat is probably about 4" higher on the frame If your tubes are 20" but have 1" less draft, you are probably 8" closer to the water. What you have works, but i would doubt it if seated higher
One advantage i could see would be an 84" wide frame, river permitting
But i do look at these outfitted cougar / panther setups and think it looks more like a sweep boat than a watercraft
We both Run Aire so our boats will both be sold or we will die of old age before they wear out. I just have nine more years of no fault warrantee left on my boat ...