New on the forum here. I have a boat that isn't really a whitewater-type boat, but I think I need to make a rowing frame for it and I've seen from some searching that you folks do a lot of this type of custom work. The boat I have is one of these:
14' inflatable Kayak & inflatable Boat crossover - KaBoat SK430.
I think this is what a lot of folks would call a "sport boat". There are a few videos showing this boat being used in up to what looks like Class II whitewater, if you look here:
HannuYK's Channel - YouTube
Anyway, most of my paddling is/will be done on flat water and calmer rivers/streams. However I do anticipate some rougher stuff down the road, but probably no worse than Class II. My issue is this - I want to be able to row the boat comfortably without having to sit in the bottom, which is currently about the only way to row it effectively using the stock oar locks. I'd prefer to be able to row sitting on one of the aluminum seats that come with the boat ( you can see them in the pics on the main page from the first link ). One other thing I'd like to take into consideration is that I'm using this boat on flat water and mostly to allow me to stalk wildlife for photography purposes. For that reason I'd prefer to be able to row the boat facing the direction I'm going, whereas in most whitewater you're facing the direction you're going but are a lot of the time back rowing (is that what it's called?) to guide the boat or control how it moves downstream. I know it's certainly less efficient to push oars rather than pulling them, but can it be done and would you need to design a rowing frame any differently because of that? Finally, this would be a frame for only one person. If two people were in the boat I think it could be easily paddled like a canoe, with canoe-type paddles instead of using the oars, or one person could row while the other takes it easy. Anyway, how would you go about building a frame for a boat like this? How big would it be, and could it be designed to be broken down? Currently all the parts of the boat (minus the trolling motor and battery) will fit into a large carrying bag so if the frame could be reasonably compact that would be a good thing as I live in an apartment and space is at a premium. Anyway, I hope you folks can help me sort this out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!