Originally Posted by ironmanbldr
So how many rings do you actually have there and can you elaborate on what the lower ones are for?
Seriously, though, that's not really my boat. I came across it in a CL ad and it was so absurd I kept a copy of the photo. Like Christian (Pinemnky) caught on to, the bottom ones in the photo would be great attachment points for turning the boat back over after a flip. I think that boat was once some kind of rescue boat or something specialized that needed lower D rings for lashing to another craft.
The boat I really row has pretty standard D-rings with a couple of extra ones on the bow and stern for lashing down gear. I also added extra D-rings when I put a longer frame on so there actually are a few extra rings on my boat.
But nothing like the photo I originally posted.
About the only really unusual thing I have is 2 D-rings each inside
of the bow and stern down near the floor. I use these for lashing down gear bags from the inside of the boat. This avoids having entrapment hazard straps going across the top of the boat from D-rings on the outside of the tubes.
To hear the reaction I've gotten from some folks, I should've worn through the floor by now due to abrasion of gear bags on the floor and running silty Western rivers. The boat's 10 years old this season, has seen lots of use, and I just make sure all the bags I set on the floor have been rinsed of any sand before loading and strapping them down. No signs of unusual wear on the floor of my glued PVC Vanguard.
So to actually participate in this discussion instead of just being a wise-guy, I'd recommend a couple inside D-rings inside the bow and stern down low for lashing gear in without having to go across the top from the outside D-rings. Sorry I don't have a good photo of them.