new cat frame, how wide?
i have 2 cats, an 11 foot jacks and a 14 foot maravia. before the next season i plan on acquiring a 12-6 sotar legend.
my 14' maravia is 90" wide. my 11' jacks is about 68" wide.
i am wondering how wide to set up a 12' 6" cat for technical class IV and V runs. it will be a dedicated technical water boat. no cooler space, no drybox space, no second seat. just a seat, enough frame to place the feet, hang a throwbag and secure a spare oar. ok, maybe a spot to hold a water bottle.
my initial plan is to build a frame that is 65" long, that will give me the ability to move the whole frame fore and aft up to 5 inches to achieve different balance. for width, i am looking at 80" out to out of the tubes. that would give me roughly the same proportion of width to length as my bigger cat. the frame would be 57" wide, with the oar towers splayed out.
anyone care to measure their frame on a similarly sized and used boat?
frame will be 1" .065" chromoly tube. bent and welded, no fittings. and powder coated.