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Old 09-16-2011   #1
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Oar tower placement...

Iíve got a couple of questions relating to the placement of the oar towers on a 15í raft with a four bay frame. I have researched the topic on here a significant amount, and seen a couple of posts relating to it, but I was searching for more opinions on placing the oar towers in the center of the frame. This would seem to me to be the ideal placement, but because of my frame configuration and use of a DRE flip seat, I would be left with one decent bay under the seat and then one small bay, around a foot or so, aft of the bay with the flip seat. I see that I have two options. First I could move the towers fore of center and move the seat bay up, possibly six inches to create two decent sized bays. Another option would be to use the flip seat over the last bay which would place the towers around a foot aft of center. Any insight on this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-16-2011   #2
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Don't give up nice sized, usable bays to put the towers perfectly in the center. I personally would rather the towers foreword of center. Lots of people run their towers way up in front, mostly on cats. I just don't get having towers near the back of the raft unless you are doing a paddle raft assist with a stern frame.
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Old 09-16-2011   #3
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Set up your bays the way you want them, set up the rowing geometry that fits your body(seat, tower height, foot bar, tower location relative to the "rowing circle"), and then determine where to mount the frame relative to boat center fore and aft....I would bet it will end up close to the center....
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Old 09-16-2011   #4
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Agreed. One foot either way wont make a noticeable diff in the oars but more towards the front is better. If you have towers a bit towards the front it puts your body and a cooler or drybox in the center of the boat. Which is what you want for ease in turning. In general the more weight towards the center and the smaller your moment of inertia allowing you better maneuverability.

My cat frame is huge but i also factored in seating space for passengers into the arrangement. If my oar gets ripped from my hands its not gonna smack the back of a passengers head
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