Cataraft Frame Re-Flip Thwart & Mount
For those who use reflip thwarts on your cats: I'm just wondering if you can tell me what size of thwart you are using? (diameter x length in inches roughly?). I realize that some of you just pull one off of your raft and use that and it is what it is. Just curious if there is a minimum size dimension you feel works better than others (for those who practice reflips anyways) - is bigger, better, is there a too small diameter to make a difference?
Maiden voyage is this coming Friday, but I set the cataraft up in the Living room the other day (shitty day outside, would have set it up in the car port but got stuff in the way right now) to get a feel for alignment and all that and came up with an idea that may not be new. As you can see by the picture with my rear seat bracket mounted, I was thinking that this may be a worthwhile mount for a thwart installed longitudinally (parallel with length of the boat). But it got me to thinking if there was enough surface area for the thwart to make it truly secure/hold it in place and not have some of it get pushed in/up when upside down rendering it less effective than it could be. It got me thinking - if I could get a bracket built out of the same flat plate type/thickness & width as the rear seat mount pictured, and it would start behind the rear cross bar and run all the way forward underneath the rowers seat. Cut out slots in the plate that are the same as the rowers seat mount and you can sandwich this flat plate between the rowers seat mount and rowers seat using the mounting bolts and you could anchor it to the rear cross bar using U-bolts like the rear seat mount presently is. Then have some slots cut out in 2 places along this flat plate to strap the thwart to it. The strap slots could also double as lashing points for cam straps to keep cargo below this thwart mount at bay better and would effectively divide the bay in two as well which would make accessing dry bags and the gear below it on the deck more convenient. Thoughts? I hope I conveyed this well enough to give you a picture in your mind anyways.
15' AIRE Wave Destroyer - MadCatr Frame - Sawyer MXS oars w/Duramax blades