Originally Posted by GBWW
The cow catcher.. on a middle fork trip I asked what the hell when I saw this module. The explanation is that when it has gear on it water hits it with a downward angle and pushes the nose of the cat upward. I called bullshit. Two days later I asked if I could borrow the module after the trip to have one made. It is odd bu works like a charm. I had an everything bag made to fit it, with the front being solid material and the rest mesh so it drains. We call it the cow catcher also!
I can believe that, my Culebra paddle cat utilizes the same principle, the thwarts are are high, and the floor is rockered,with a little bit of cupping towards the center, so if you are really reaching forward with your strokes, you ride up and over big features a lot better.
I've been wanting to find a similar design principle in a big Cat, and I think that would do it!! A little cupping towards the center of the floor seems to help, basically the middle of the dry bag stack slightly higher, so if you rig the middle dry bag a touch higher in that thing, it might help out some to.
Think I'm a lot closer to how I want my next gear boat to be.