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Old 12-10-2015   #21
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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jgrebe shares good info - very stable and forgiving boat, but can be a real pig if it gets overloaded. Here's my cougar partially unloaded so you can see the set up better. I have just enough room between the tubes (about 16") to drop coolers in lengthwise, and then I have a suspended floor below my seat. If you don't need two coolers, you can run a cooler and drybox, or action-packer, or whatever. I prefer the floor in the rower's compartment, especially on the Grand (depending on time of year), to limit splash - even with the floor it is a very splashy boat since you sit so much closer to the water. I run 10.5' oars and my frame is about 84" from oarlock to oarlock.
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Old 12-10-2015   #22
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My boat came with the stock breakdown frame from Aire. It is 72" across with 28" between the tubes. I run 10' oars with this. This size has worked well for me so far. The closeness of the tubes helps me a lot when bracing and when trying to climb back in.

Of course, I have never even seen another Cougar around here, so I never really gave that setup much thought. It would be interesting to try the 2 different frame sizes side by side to see if the extra foot and half in width would really make that much difference either way.


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Old 12-11-2015   #23
Lubbock, Texas
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Thanks a ton Jgrebe, Jamwin, and Bosco. There is so much helpful info here. Jamwin I really like the set up you have. Jgrebe could you explain or show me a picture of the beavertail concept. Not quite tracking with you there.

Bosco I am interested in that same test.
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Old 02-25-2016   #24
Lubbock, Texas
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Here is what I came up with. Thanks for the ideas everyone.
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Old 02-25-2016   #25
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Good looking rig

I am an American Whitewater member. One of 6300. There are an estimated 100000 paddlers in the U S. If you are not a member you should join. AW is fighting for our rivers everyday and could use some help.
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