Forward Rowing Expedition Cat
Hubby and I are considering purchasing and stylishly outfitting a 16 foot large diameter tube expedition cataraft. The frame would be a 5 bay frame with a trailer frame for those extra long trips. The captain's foot bay would have two captains boxes. In the first stab at design in the local river shop the foot bay was the middle of the five bays, and passengers would sit on the front bay with a foot bar. However, I genuinely dislike having passengers in front of me. I can't see, and when I need to make a big hard forward push through the wave, they are inevitably leaning back from the splash and getting in my way. This is particularly true for cats, where the folks can't squish down in the front of the boat. So we are considering moving the rowing bay forward one and having passengers in the back, without a foot bay when the loads are big. The trailer frame could go on the front or the back. If the trailer frame was on the front, the rowers bay would be more centered. I have liked a more forward rowing position in smaller cats, but have never rowed a cat this big. The length of the tubes should make centering the load a non-issue. Does anyone row an expedition Cat that way? Pros? Cons? Suggestions? Inane comments?