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Old 03-12-2019   #1
 
Bozeman, Montana
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Rowing Bay Length

I'm setting up a new boat and never put much thought into each bay on my current boat, it was what it was. But with this new boat I'm going to have a table built and potentially upgrade from a 16" cooler to 20" so that might constrict things.

My current frame is buried in snow, but I think my rowing bay was approximately 26", I'm 6'1". Seemed to work fine.

What is your rowing bay length and how tall are you?

Just looking to get an average of what people run.

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Old 03-12-2019   #2
 
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26" is just about perfect in my opinion if you are using that space for cargo. Having weight down low in the middle of the boat is exactly how you want it.

I'm 6'4" with long legs. My frames have rowing compartments of 25.5" and 27". I run plywood decks under my feet with large ammo cans and water jugs strapped down to them. I can just barely fit the jugs crossways in front of the cans in 25.5"on my smaller frame. That is why I run 27" on the bigger boat which also means I can run 4 cans and no jugs in that space if I want. I don't mind a crowded rower's compartment and I don't use a foot bar. I sit on a cooler that is usually 2-4" above the top of the frame rails. I definitely brace my feet on the crossbar in front of me during big pulls. Also, I sometimes have a drybox in that bay that makes a very good foot brace.
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Old 03-12-2019   #3
 
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Box or Seat

My bay is only 21 but I'm rowing from a drybox that allows me to shift back and forth quite a bit. Might be different from a fixed seat.
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Old 03-12-2019   #4
 
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Mine is 22", also rowing from a dry box where I can shift back a lot. I use an NRS deluxe footbar. I'm 6'4" and it works well for me. I wouldn't mind another inch or two, but I wouldn't want to give it up elsewhere for as little as it would benefit me.
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Old 03-12-2019   #5
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I'm 6'4" and ours is around 21". It is a compromise because my wife is only 5'4". I just sit further back on the drybox and it is comfortable for me. It would be too small if I had an actual seat. We have a narrow foot bar which allows her to reach and I either set my feet to the outsides of it or just cross them up in front if me if I'm not pulling hard.
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Old 03-12-2019   #6
 
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mine is 22" and i'm only 5'7". I sit on a flip seat on a dry box so i'm a little bit higher. Keep in mind the higher you sit the shorter your foot bay will be.. my foot bay in my other boat where I sit on a seat bar is substantially longer.
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Old 03-12-2019   #7
 
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Great post/question, Redside.


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Originally Posted by Redside
I'm setting up a new boat and never put much thought into each bay on my current boat, it was what it was.

Interestingly, my first boat was like that...just sat on buckets and made dimensions and made it work. It was a 3-bay on a 16' boat, roughly 16"/24"/24" (had a huge 164qt Igloo back then and sat on an NRS York box). Never did measure it before I sold it, then got more scientific on my current boat..not sure which process worked out better in the end!



I'm 6'-5" and my current rowers bay is 24". Oarlocks are roughly centered in the rowers bay (12" from the bar under my thighs), but I have positions to set them +2" forward and -2" back. Frame is 18/24/18/18

I typically sit on a PVC pad/drybox, so like scrtsqurrl I also have seat/butt adjustability fore/aft.
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Old 03-12-2019   #8
 
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From the 146DD/136DD thread:


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The frame is 66" wide and 88" long.

Bay dimensions are roughly this:

front drop bag: 16.5"
cooler: 16.75"
rower bay: 22"
dry box: 15.5"
groover bay: 8.25"

I let the sideboards and front seat extend past the front crossbar by 2" so the front seat is 20" deep. The cooler is an Engel 123 which is a snug fit width-wise.
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Old 03-12-2019   #9
 
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I have five frames in the garage. They range from 24" to 28" in the rowers compartment.
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Old 03-12-2019   #10
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone, very helpful!
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