Thoughts on minimalist oar frame?
I have a litttle 10.5' SOTAR sb raft and have been thinking about buying or building a frame. Uses would be for taking the kids on easy I-II runs and also solo runs, all purely day trips so safety gear/food only.
How minimal can I go? My thoughts were 2 crossbars in the rear, 18in or so apart with a padded plywood deck or a tractor seat and the side bars extending long enough along the tubes for the oar towers. I was thinking of trying to not have a front crossbar so the kids can sit on the thwart and not have a bar to accidently slam into. The when going solo I can just strap it down more towards the center. The frame isn't providing structural support for the raft (I would be keeping the thwarts in) and I really don't need a kick bar, so does this sound like it would work?
Haven't decided on a type of construction yet, still going through the options there.