Originally Posted by punisher660
That is how it is currently setup. But that does bring up another question - on the lake, the cat seemed to sit nose high. The cooler was pretty empty, so that doesn't really surprise me with me in the middle and the wife at the back.
But - is this normal, or do I just have to move the frame farther forward? Also, how close together should the oars be? The ends of the handles touch when both are brought into their center position.
Also, how close should the oars be to your body? If they are too close, and the mounts are the welded hoop type, what do you do?
Sorry for all the questions - there is so much to learn here.
I wanted to have about 1" between the ends of my oars when I had them level.
Practice this until any other grip feels wrong;
wrap your thumbs around
the handle, do not put them over the ends. If you don't do this, sooner or later you are going to get a most painful thumb mash. And I mean scream like a girl painful; balls mashed in a vice painful.
Where the oars are in relation to your body is partly personal; you want to have enough room to pull through a full stroke without having to lean way forward or way back. You should be able to take a full stroke with your back straight, that is unless you like a sore back and back problems when you get older. You do not want to feel like the oars can pin you back against something behind you, cause sooner or later they will. You also need enough room to easily hook the oar handles under your leg or place (ship) them against the boat, cause you'll be doing that a lot. Unless you are a freak of nature, (or whoever set up the frame is), the pins are about where they should be. Probably easier to adjust your seat, and that should only be an inch or so.
As to the balance of the boat, you want it fairly even, but I always wanted more weight on the ends; You will want to learn how to run rapids forwards or backwards, cause, you know, that's what happens, and you want enough weight forward to punch through waves. You do not want a radically light nose, unless your goal is to flip. I also figured, should I wrap a boat, having weight on the ends would one way or the other encourage the boat to slide off one side or the other. Worst case, I thought if I could release some of the weight on one end, the boat would likely pull itself off. Never wrapped a boat, so I don't know if this is true or not. (knocks on wood).
The major rule though, is to rig it to flip it. Think about how all that stuff is going to react if you dump the boat upside down and throw it in a really big washing machine for 15 minutes or so. What's going to come loose? What's going to become a pin hazard for my body parts if I don't get flung 20 feet when I flip? What am I willing to donate to the river God, rather than tie it the hell DOWN? Where are the sharp edges and corners, and can I find them intentionally (and do something about it) rather than by painful accident?
Buy yourself a couple cases of beer, and get yourself invited on some trips with other rowing rigs. Observe, ask, and pay really close attention. You will figure out who has it right, and who gets it wrong for you. And, volunteer to do the groover while your new buddies drink your beer. It will get you invited back.