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Old 03-18-2017   #1
 
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Frame Fit Maximum Width?

I finally pulled the trigger on my first raft and I thought I might solicit some advice from you buzzards. So, I've got a 11'6" Hyside, 5'6" wide with 19.5" tubes. It seems that the minimum frame width recommendation is 48". However, I'm thinking a 54" would fit on the chafe strip just fine and would allow for longer oars. Are there any issues that might arise from using a wider frame?


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Old 03-19-2017   #2
 
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Rowing Chassis Width >>Oar Length

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I finally pulled the trigger on my first raft and I thought I might solicit some advice from you buzzards. So, I've got a 11'6" Hyside, 5'6" wide with 19.5" tubes. It seems that the minimum frame width recommendation is 48". However, I'm thinking a 54" would fit on the chafe strip just fine and would allow for longer oars. Are there any issues that might arise from using a wider frame?


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I get 54" CL width as well. Combine that with a 12" oar tower reach and the yield is a 9.5 ft optimum length oar. Or a 8" tower reach and a 9 ft optimum oar. Either of these will give you 2" of thumb clearance.
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