Great post/question, Redside.
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.