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Old 08-07-2016   #11
 
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There are quite a few cat frames on boise craigslist. Might be a good idea to get an adjustable frame (nrs) so you can see what you like and don't like, then have a custom welded frame.

It's an expensive mistake if ya have one welded up and don't like the geometry.

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Old 08-07-2016   #12
 
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Where, in relation to fore/aft, should the oar locks be?

Are there any online resources to frame geometry?
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I am looking at an Entity Gear frame. I just saw a frame they built that looks like exactly what I am looking for.
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Oh. oops. Nevermind.
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Oh really?


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Old 08-07-2016   #16
 
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Another question, in case someone reading this will share their knowledge.....


What would be a maximum reasonable distance between the tubes? Aire Ocelot 14' 22"
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Thank you,

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Just FYI.. I am not a shill for Entity Gear. I only learned of Entity due to being PM'd by James under a fresh shill account. Stepped in doggie doo, I guess..

I am so glad that all the threads with other peoples experiences have not all been deleted. This is one of the reasons why forums are so valuable.
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There are quite a few cat frames on boise craigslist. Might be a good idea to get an adjustable frame (nrs) so you can see what you like and don't like, then have a custom welded frame.

It's an expensive mistake if ya have one welded up and don't like the geometry.
This is probably your best option for a first frame. Get an adjustable frame. NRS would be a good choice. See what works and what doesn't before you buy a fixed forever welded frame.
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There are quite a few cat frames on boise craigslist. Might be a good idea to get an adjustable frame (nrs) so you can see what you like and don't like, then have a custom welded frame.

It's an expensive mistake if ya have one welded up and don't like the geometry.
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This is great advice.

One question to ask when determining your frame width, is what would you like to put in your boat. If you have a cooler and dry box in mind that are a reasonable size for you boat, then build the width to fit them, since the other way around would be difficult.

To at least give you a ball park for frame width, a 66" frame seems about right to me, with the frame lengths sitting on the center of your tubes, you would have 44" between tubes for cooler and or dry box, witch is a reasonable size in a 14'. You could probably go wider, but eventually that means you start having to run longer oars, with 66", give or take a bit, that should put you in the 9-10' range.
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