Originally Posted by cnile970
I'm cruising a 13 foot rocky, with a fishing frame. Some of my partners are rowing fishing specific boats, that are narrower with smaller tubes. I'll take my boat every time, but it's tough to keep up, & I end up rowing a lot on flat water. Somebody told me they under inflate their floor when they're not doing white water, and it helps their boat be a little quicker. Any thoughts?
So is it easier for you to back row when you are fishing? What I'm getting at is each design/concept as pros and cons, so if you have less drag, it should be easier for you to stop your boat...are you the last one down a long string of riffles? Can you ferry faster?
While I agree with the concept of more drag= faster and less work going down river it works the opposite while slowing down/ferrying. I went through a lot of this conceptually when I was new boat shopping and what I ended up with was a boat the could be the fastest or the slowest, depending on the situation and the amount of effort. Up river winds, I have to work, down river winds, no one can catch me, even hard boats. Backrowing is almost like rowing a hardboat. I'm super happy with it and would only add drag to my boat in extended upriver wind scenarios. With all this said, I really don't care if I'm first, last or in the middle. I fish at my pace and it is what it is. In ww and when needing to stay with the group is important, speed is much more about lines, following the current and avoiding eddy's anyways.
The best thing to do is try it out, see if it helps on the flat stretches and how much it hurts in the riffles. Switch boats, get a feel for theirs, see what it's pro's and cons are. You'll learn a lot about what you like and what is important to you.
Good luck and let us know what you figure out.