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Old 03-10-2016   #1
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Cat Frame Questions

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Im happy with my dual rail 3bay overnite frame for my 14'x24" Maravia,
but I want to build a small day frame.
Question are:
how wide ? 66" or can i go narrower? I'm thinking 9' oars.
how long ? is 5' too short
I'm using 1" EMT for a medium.
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66 with 9 foot oars is a good dimension. Ronnie McClain built a ton of sport frames that were 60 by 60 but l think you would want 8.5 or8 foot oars.
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My small cat has a 54x60' frame and I use 7.5" mini mags with sleeves to fit the large diameter locks. I'm thinking about getting some standard diameter 8ft oars, but it's been three seasons on the minis and I've yet to break one. I figure if I can keep getting away with super light and inexpensive oars, why not...
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Mine will be 60" wide, BUT 66" oar tower to oar tower.
Distance oar tower to Oar tower determines oar length.

I'll have 33" between tubes, 36-38" is more common for coolers/dryboxes.
With 21" tubes and 33" between tubes, side rail will be 3" past center of rubber.

I'll be 62" to 64" long, but on 12' tubes.
Might be short for 14' tubes. Especially if frame not centered.
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Depends on how light you want it. Are you going to run a passenger?
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Distance oar tower to Oar tower determines oar length.
I think seat height and how tall you are is the other half of the equation.

also preference and blade type, right?
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32" between on 21inch tubes 77"oarlocks,10 ft oars works. I have done 14,24,32,and42"between tubes working on 28"and a 36"between tubes . make yuor own towers and make them wide as possible.
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Billy are you smoking crack? Just joking, but seriously what benefit is there to wide frames and long oars? I've never used a wide play cat but I've seen plenty and I can't figure out why folks do it...other than already owning the oars and using the frame on other boats. Is it stability? I run a otter thwart as a seat which makes high siding quick and easy, so I've never felt I needed more stability.
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A narrower frame will roll more violently in a hit- harder to stay aboard. Add a tall seat and you've got a whole different ride compared to low and wide. Figure out your needs and likely use and decide from there.

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If Billy was a dart player shooting for the bullseye every dart he is throwing would be landing outside the building in someones car windshield.
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