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Old 04-17-2017   #1
 
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Rocky mountain raft handling

My new rmr compared to my I beam aire seems to have sluggish maneuverability. I think it is due to that 3 inch flap that goes around the underside of the boat where the drop stitch floor attaches. I guide fishing trips and this is very noticeable since you need a lot of micro maneuvers to line people up for their casts. A couple other guides have rowed it and they agree. Anyone else notice this? Is it due to that flap catching the water, or the drop stitch floor, or both? I am thinking about taking a razor blade and cutting that flap off.

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is it an I-Beam floor or dropstich?
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I can't imagine it's the flap, I think it's the shape of the hull. My sotar has a flap around the floor laces, I don't feel it hurts at all. I guess I'm not sure exactly how the RMR flap works but I presume it lays tight against the floor.

I looked into an RMR when I was upgrading a few years ago and mostly I row fishermen. To me they have a very aggressive first rise from the straight section up into the kick. From a distance it looked like it would grab water - like some one holding a paddle tip in the water all the time. For most WW guys it's not an issue, they want to go river speed, but for those of us constantly trying to slow down it was a deal breaker for me (even if it was only an issue in theory). I haven't rowed one so I don't have a direct comparison. They just looked sluggish to me.
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I think my 14 foot RMR is a big heavy pig. I have rowed it down class 4 5 with just me and a 36 inch long frame mid mounted to see if it really was a pig. It is, other than than that, l like the boat. Sure it is heavy, but it seems well made. Did have to ditch the polypropylene webbing and replace the floor. But l think they fixed that in 2014
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Come to think about it, it was more responsive after that. I laced that floor in like aire does it. And Zack at raft fix told me to make it tight so l did. That may be part of your problem. I can't see the guard skirt being it though.
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Relace not replace, dang auto correct. I did not replace the floor just the polypropylene webbing.
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I took a razor blade and cut off that 3 inch flap, or "lacing skirt", and problem solved! Maneuverability is much better, as good as my Aire. Very noticeable improvement.
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I took a razor blade and cut off that 3 inch flap, or "lacing skirt", and problem solved! Maneuverability is much better, as good as my Aire. Very noticeable improvement.
Thanks for sharing. I will admit I was wrong. I still don't think I have the stuff it takes to cut the flap off mine though.

Where do you boat. I boat down on the New in VA and WV. I would like to see how that turned out on your RMR.
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I mainly fish the New around Hillsville and Galax. I occasionally go as far as Pearisburg. I used to do the New gorge and Gauley, but I'm just a fisherman now.
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