Originally Posted by Rich
Passenger or overnight load go behind the rower, not in front, IMHO.
I don't want anything between me and the river.
I have a 12'-6" cat that is perfect for day trips with two, overnight (5-8 nights) for one, or Class V for one.
A 6' frame on a 12-13' cat has plenty of options for moving to balance load.
A 6' frame is about the min length you can run. That gives about 3' for the rower, 2' for the passenger (feet go below rowers seat bar) and maybe about 16" it so for a drop bag
On a cat that sized, the rower should not sit on a drybox or cooler. It will mess with the geometry too much, and cut into the leg space of the passenger. Pushing the passenger back further extends the frame length and throws the balance aft.
Not too many ways to counterbalance the fact that your CG of rower and passenger is maybe 8" forward of their torso when in the seated position with legs forward. So usually a lot of leg sticking out in front
IMo a way to make this work on most boats is if you have a frame where the rower footbar projects forward of the top rail. The oar towers have to be close to the front of the top rail. Not sure if anyone designs this type of frame