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Old 04-05-2013   #371
 
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So here is my new boat. It's a 13' Aire Tributary SB. The frame and dry box is from Recretec. I'm wondering about the length of my oars though. They are 9.5 footers and the distance between my oar locks is 65". I'm hoping this will be ok. Any feedback would be appreciated. I am shopping for a cooler right now that will go in the bay behind the dry box and will be covered with a paco pad.
How wide is your frame? On the NRS website it recommends a 60 inch wide frame for that boat and 8 foot to 9 foot oars. 8 foot sounds way too short. I'm using 8 foot oars on my new 6'1" wide Hyside raft. Yours in 6'8" wide. 9.5 footers may be ok??? If you use the 1/3 inside the oarlock, 2/3 outside formula, then you need 38 inches in, and 76 out. Are you anywhere near that? With my 54 inch frame, I had to do some oar tower adjustments to get the math right on my oars. I finally switched to a taller oar tower, and leaned it out more to get the right geometry. Can you adjust your oar towers?
I may be blind, but I don't see a bay behind the dry box. Am I missing the crossbars? I like Canyon Coolers for price and a variety of sizes that other cooler makers don't offer. Lots of new cooler brands popping up lately. You should be able to find a good one.
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Old 04-05-2013   #372
 
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Purdy... 9.5ft should be fine. I run 9.5ft on my 14ft with a 66" frame.
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Old 04-05-2013   #373
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I guess there technically is not a bay behind the dry box. There is a lower crossbar and the cooler sits on slings and then is held down by straps. Here are a couple pics with my current crappy cooler in place for reference. It sits slightly lower than my dry box and with my Aire landing pad mattress on top of the cooler it brings it even in height with the dry box. The frame is 60" wide and the oar towers are not adjustable. I feel like maybe I should have gone with 9' oars but how much difference will 6" really make?
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Old 04-05-2013   #374
 
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I guess there technically is not a bay behind the dry box. There is a lower crossbar and the cooler sits on slings and then is held down by straps. Here are a couple pics with my current crappy cooler in place for reference. It sits slightly lower than my dry box and with my Aire landing pad mattress on top of the cooler it brings it even in height with the dry box. The frame is 60" wide and the oar towers are not adjustable. I feel like maybe I should have gone with 9' oars but how much difference will 6" really make?
9' oars is ideal for that set up.Run the floor a bit soft my buddy blew his up due to lack of the relief valve.
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I guess there technically is not a bay behind the dry box. There is a lower crossbar and the cooler sits on slings and then is held down by straps. Here are a couple pics with my current crappy cooler in place for reference. It sits slightly lower than my dry box and with my Aire landing pad mattress on top of the cooler it brings it even in height with the dry box. The frame is 60" wide and the oar towers are not adjustable. I feel like maybe I should have gone with 9' oars but how much difference will 6" really make?
Ask your girlfriend that question

If you just have carlisles i have a friend who just upgraded from carlisles to cataracts. So he has three 9' sticks he's gonna part with

His frame rails are 60" so with towers about 64". 9' is the right size. You can probably get away with 9'5 anyhow. Its easier to deal with longer than shorter
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Its easier to deal with longer than shorter
Yes, and that is what she said
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Dumb question.

Why did you have the main frame go longer than your dry box bay?
slight miscalculation in initial measurements, probable cause excessive fluid intake during build process

originally i was going to put a cooler there. then decided on dry box. bay was already welded that size. easier to just weld another bar in then to cut one out and weld back on again. might come in handy for something
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I've got 67 inches between my oar locks and I run with 9 ft. oars. Good set up for me.
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I would say your 9.5 oars are a little long for your boat but it depends on how big of rivers your running. I'm running a 16' cat. The local rivers I use 9' and on my upcoming GC trip I'm using 10'. I've found that recommended oar length varies from where you paddle and who you talk to. Boils down to personal preference.
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I'm struggling right now myself with keeping the 8 ft. oars I have, or getting 8.5 footers. I have suffered from "too short oar syndrome" in the past on my cataraft. NRS recommended 7.5 ft for the 54 inch frame which seemed too short to me, so I went with 8 ft and now think 8.5 ft. would be better. I do have the 10 inch oar towers, so I can get a fair amount of extra width with them. At the moment I have about 69 inches between oar locks. If I go longer I'll get counterbalanced.
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