Originally Posted by meanjoebean
thanks fishguts. does it still maneuver well as an oar boat though? I've heard about the issue with your gear sitting higher up.
It does handle very well as an oar boat until you get it real heavy. That is when you will notice a big difference in how it handles. Same thing as a paddle boat with a lot of "beef" in the boat. As a comparison, a traditional round boat that is a little more sluggish than the Trib at any weight, will not change its manners as drastically with weight added.
The high floor was not an issue for me because I made my own frame and oar stands. The high floor = higher gear = taller oar stands. You might run into problems if your buying an off the shelf frame, especially if you want a captains seat over a cooler or box. If this will be your first boat with a frame I say go with it and use it for a stepping stone to figure out what kind of rig you really want. No one really ever knows exactly what they want untill get on the water for a while. Then you will have the experience to make refinements to an exsisting rig or upgrade to something else. If your interested in any part of my setup let me know and Ill be happy to share. Happy hunting.