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Old 10-30-2011   #91
 
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What size is your raft? Very nice!


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Sold the cat and switched to a round boat-SOTAR gave me a swingin' deal. Now I need to look into frames...AAA 4 bay-around 90" long w/ a removable front bay for shorter trips/day frame.

Chafer width is 76" on the outside-don't want a frame too wide-already have 9.5' oars-thinking 72" wide frame plus my oar towers would probably bring my oar width to 74"- advice?

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New SOTAR (state of the art raft)

It's a 15,6' ST with a 7' beam, 21" tubes.
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Old 10-30-2011   #93
 
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I wouldn't go beyond a 72 inch frame or your 9.5 ft. oars might be short.
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Chafer width is 76" on the outside-don't want a frame too wide-already have 9.5' oars-thinking 72" wide frame plus my oar towers would probably bring my oar width to 74"- advice?
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My boat is narrower and we run tens. your 9.5's will be fine if you keep your towers in. I'd get a wider frame with the towers on the inside, then you can roll them to the outside when you want to step up to bigger oars.
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Old 10-30-2011   #95
 
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10' oars are the way to go! It's hard to fake the right size oars with frame width. sell the 9.5s
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Ya I'd think 10' would give you a better stroke and more power
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Old 10-31-2011   #97
 
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I run 10' on Nrs 72" frame with 26.5" leopards. I got a good deal on the 10's (used) but really think 10.5 or 11 would be better. The 10s work, however. Since your tubes are a bit smaller you may be able to pull off 9.5's. or just get a pair of extenders until ready to upgrade

Maybe think about a double rail setup with ~66" inside and ~78" outside. If you used nrs towers (8") on the inside rails and can easily dig without hitting the tubes you might have a winner. Then you would use 66" crossbars on all internal except the front and rear. I'd sure love to have double rails on my setup
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Wait. Subtract a few inches from my measurements if chafe is 76" wide max. I think 6" is about right for double rails. Going to 60"/72" would give you the option of moving out to 72" with longer oars
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I thought I would resuscitate this thread, i love it so much... Here's my new rig all setup and strutting its stuff on the Illinois river last weekend.
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Looks great. How's the new foot bar working?
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