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Old 07-31-2018   #1
 
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Rowing an Aire 156 with Bighorn 2 frame

We have always had a rear rowing rig with 4 paddlers on our Aire 156 series E. We would like to set it up with a center rowing rig so that we wouldn't need to have paddlers. Is this too much boat for one rower? Some reading I've done indicates that could be the case. Input? Thanks.

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Old 07-31-2018   #2
 
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One person should have no problem rowing that boat. You can always supplement with paddlers up front.
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Old 07-31-2018   #3
 
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My 156R, set up with the rower in the middle and zero paddlers, handled the MF very well a few weeks ago.
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Old 07-31-2018   #4
 
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Not at all, you'll be fine.
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Old 08-01-2018   #5
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As an example, only one pretty small person rowing this rig, no paddlers needed

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Old 08-01-2018   #6
 
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Rowing an E

The 156 E series rows great in multi day configuration. It is better suited to rivers like the Rogue and Middle Fork but is fine on most rivers. Its load capacity is limited compared to other 16' boats and it does not perform well when close to, or over, the published limit. The distance between the frame and top of the floor is small so your box and cooler will ride high above the tubes. The design is unique and it took me some time to configure the frame so the boat is balanced properly when loaded. I would not order a Bighorn 2 and expect it to work although I haven't looked at frame's specifications. Some frame set up hints.

Place the oar towers toward the center of the limited flat section. I have mine perfectly centered with the middle d ring. In that configuration I have 3 bays because of the short flat section. From front to back - 3 bays - cooler, rower's bay, dry box and I sit on the dry box. My frame is 69" wide, center to center and about 60" long. I have added a 4th bay in front of the cooler. It is a 65" piece of 1" aluminum pipe that rides on the rocker, not on the flat section, and supports a drop bag. I have a custom (strong) table that rides on the tubes above the drop bag. I put 2 pacos on top of the whole mess. In this configuration it rides level and rows great when loaded. Good luck.
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Old 08-01-2018   #7
 
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Here is my 156R with NRS built frame, the oars are centered on the raft.


(hopefully I was able to attach this photo correctly. Apparently I'm a noob)
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Old 08-01-2018   #8
 
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Thanks for all the great info! Much appreciated.
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Old 08-01-2018   #9
 
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You'll be fine. We always row the raft from the back, and the oars are not too far off from center (sitting on a big cooler). I would prefer to be more forward (we row our cats from the front, small cats, with body on center) but it is nice to have 2 bays in front so the dogs aren't in my oars as much (3 golden retrievers). It also lets me get more weight forward.
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Old 08-01-2018   #10
 
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9.5

With a 69" wide frame, a tall dry box and 10" NRS oar towers, I use 9.5' oars.
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