I am considering entering next year's Everglades Challenge as a singlehanded competitor with my Hobie 18 magnum. Anyone have thoughts on rigging oars for propulsion?
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Does Magnum have wings? Try to contact Vanman through member services or his blog http://e460.blogspot.com
He did Lake Michigan Challenge on Hobie 21 SC. He set the boat for rowing. I believe he used wings as attachment structure. We discussed ideas a while ago, my recollection could be wrong. He attached (lashed?) additional bars between wing's "legs", just below sits, above decks. He placed oarlocks on these bars. I don't remember where he sit. Did he have a bench across the trampoline or just sit on the trampoline?
When I sailed my wooden a-cat, I had removable oarlocks sliding down into daggerboard cases. My implementation didn't work too well.
I guess you need to experiment a bit :)
What about a yuloh? Dave
Row your Hobie sitting on a "bench" that gets your butt at least 8" from the tramp, using carbon fiber racing sculls (about 9'3") which can be bought cheap secondhand if they're not state-of-the-art anymore (I bought pairs for $200 and $50). They're really light. You'll want some way to brace your feet in a diagonal position (feet toes up, splayed apart 1-2'.
Alternatively, you might do even better rowing a nice stable platform like your Hobie while standing up, facing forward. That way you might be able to get an easier, longer stroke, rocking your body weight back and forth between one foot aft and the other forward.
Rigging "oarlocks" on the underside of the inside bars for the wings should give you about the right geometry/ergonomics for one or the other rowing position, if you move the sculls' collars/buttons closer to their midpoints (you may have to weight them outboard to get the right balance). Or if the sculls are too short, you could try to find some carbon fiber sweeps which are about 11' long. As they're normally rowed one oar per rower, you'll probably want to reduce the area of the blades to make them "slip" more.
Of course, you have to think about what rowing position works best with the mast unstepped at Placida..
How about a pedal prop drive? Not the oh so popular mirage ........
I could direct you to a good forum/thread on the subject if you were interested.
For foot straps, Crazy Russian just used loops of rope at the aft of the tramp. webbing would be more comfortable.
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