Looking for some advice.......I picked up a used steel raft frame, working to cut it down to fit my smaller raft - the frame is too long. It's a is a simple single bay (middle) frame with the rower seat across the back two bars and a passenger seat area across the front two bars (12 inch width between the bars). It also includes internal rails that drop at an angle and fit against the inside of the raft tubes, connecting with the front inner bar and back inner bar - with a footbar between (bracing) the two rails.
Question: For a raft - how important are the internal rails? I haven't seen them used on a raft before, only on catarafts.
I would leave the internal rails them but my raft is about 4 inches too narrow, forcing me to cut and relocate, and reweld them. I don't need the footbar, it will get in the way with the shortened frame, so I'm debating removing the internal rails all together.