I'm in the process of reconfiguring my dayframe for a 13' Hyside. I have a little frame with a cooler bay, a seat, and a kick bar (basically an NRS "Bighorn 1" - not exactly the same as I've kind of pulled parts from other frames/raft company dumpsters, but all NRS components).
My issue is, I don't really *like* rowing off of the seat... maybe it's a lot of years pushing gear rigs from a drybox, but I prefer sitting on a flat surface. I also use the frame for fishing quite a bit, and the allure of having a place to strap down some crap next to me is there.
The hangup here is that when not fishing, the frame is used to row some decent (class 4) whitewater. We live next to the Royal Gorge in CO and that's the bread and butter day run.
Hookay - so here's the question.
1) Do any of you row off a cooler for a day frame? Do you love it? Hate it? How do you make it stable enough to feel legit? Those metal cooler hangers make me nervous to have my feet right next to them...
2) Has anyone bought (or made) something like the NRS "bench" seat they're selling now?
Seems like an okay option, but also seems like I might just fall off the back of it.
Thanks for any thoughts...