All good info. This rig is headed out on the grand first then will be a week plus rig with family (deso, gol, sj, etc) - so it has to serve multiple purposes. I don't think there will be many changes between the rigging so I'm going to focus on the family (the raft not the organization
Here are some of my thoughts and things I'm still learning.
It came with two oars - I just put a tape measure to them and they are 7' shafts with a 29" blade. I imagine these are 9.5' oars but not 100% positive. The frame is 74" from the center of the oarlock to oarlock.
So - back to the frame. The way I look at it, I need to configure 3 significant bays. Starting from the bow:
bay 1 (seating) - this could have a table as decking with a pad on top and a drop bag under. I would love to make this an additional drybox that would still accommodate seating for three but I'm not sure how to make that work.
bay2 (cooler/drybox) - probably would put the cooler here, especially if I go for an additional dry box in bay 2.
bay 3 (foot well) - Captains box and cooler. I like some room here so I don't want to overload it.
bay 4 (dry box) - I'll sit on this with a flip chair. Currently it has the double bar in order to support the seat but I think that's a waste. So, I'll probably drop this bar.
A few other notes.
- Definitely considering adding side decking for additional storage. NRS has a nice solution for this.
- I would like my daughters and wife to be able to row - in other rigging the footbar was just too far away for them to be able to get any leverage to row.
- The whole frame is powder coated so any movement in the bars will require "breaking" into the coating.