Originally Posted by Randaddy
It would be perfect. However, buy the boat first and have the frame custom built. The front and back tubes on the Sabertooth rise up above the top of the boat a few inches and an ideal frame fit would be snug inside of them. Because every boat is a little different you'll want to measure the boat before hand. If you want to center the oars you'll want some weight toward the front so get a good watertight cooler that you can fill with water for your front bay. 8 1/2 foot oars are what you want for this. The spare will fit better as a breakdown stowed on both sides.
Please post pics if you do this. I demoed a ST and immediately wanted to row one!
I'd probably opt for an NRS frame at the end of the day for the versatility and ability to configure it different.
Just thinking out loud here - again your input is most appreciated - if I orientated the frame for the oarsman to be more towards the front - do you think the front foot cups would be a good "brace" for your feet while honking on the oars? Would they hold up or would a frame bar be better?
I'm trying to think if I could make this a decent 2 man boat for shuttling between fishing spots, or a one man boat for short overnighters, or just whitewater fun, etc. Or maybe even a boat 2 guys could fly fish out of (oarsman, angler in front, etc.). The NRS frame would offer me versatility in this regard which is why I would lean towards that. The only downside I see is that you lose the technical height between the tubes due to the inflable cross members, which water can act upon - one of the advantages of a cat with high riding frame. Similar length cat tube would be cheaper (wave destroyer 12 or 13) but you'd pay more for the frame due to the inner length bars to hold onto the inner d-rings so in the end you'd come out about the same give or take price wise. But the Sabertooth to me looks like a more "secure" looking craft if it's fair to say. That's what I like it. But I like cat's with no floor or anything in the bay for technical water where there isn't as much in the middle to act upon the boat if it's fair to say. Any thoughts about this are appreciated it. I guess it's all about trade offs.