18.5 foot Sotar ST raft on its way. The raft is the normal 8 feet wide with 24 inch tubes. We are having a double rail frame made that will be about 82 inches wide between the outer most rails - and based on all the raft pictures I've seen, it looks like the outer most rails are where the oar stands are always mounted.
I am planning on ordering oars with the boat. I understand that nothing replaces having the boat/frame completed and testing oars before buying - but that isn't going to be an option. I almost ordered 11 foot Cataract SGX with Magnum blades. I wouldn't go shorter - but am afraid they may be a little short. The type of rowing I'll be doing is big wide river with very few short stretches of Class III rapids - and lots of rowing in the slow spots if the small outboard isn't working
My question goes out to those folks who have 18 foot rafts utilizing double rail frame. What size oars do you folks normally use?
I can certainly make adjustments to oar stand/seating height to find tune - just wanting to know what length oars are generally considered normal for an 18 foot raft that is 8 feet wide. Many thanks.