To the old salts: Bucket Boat rigging
Hey everyone. Thanks in advance for the time and thought you put into any responses.
I started out in self-bailers, where I always pop the thwarts out if I'm going to be rowing gear. I like to get the weight nice and low and use all available space, yada, yada, yada.
I picked up this sweet old Avon Pro standard floor a number of years ago for a song. She comes out on larger trips where I need to use the whole fleet or when I blow an I-beam and need a repair... I love the raft, and I typically rig it for extended trips just as I would a self-bailer, by popping out the two thwarts. Now, I see all these old steel frames--sometimes with old rubber--for sale on Craigslist that are designed with seating areas on top of the thwarts and it really has me second guessing my rigging. So here are my big questions:
Will the boat perform better with the thwarts in and the center of gravity a little higher, or should I continue doing what I'm doing? Could the thwarts increase carrying capacity? What do the folks who have worked the Big Ditch or other rivers in standard-floor rafts have to say?