I (weighting at 130 lbs) would like to row our Grumman 17’ (36") standard aluminum canoe as the only rower, when my wife (110 lbs) and two young sons (50 lbs and 35 lbs) are paddling on board (not expecting that much driving force from them though).
No racing/sliding seat rowing. Very shallow and very calm bayou water. Just need to figure out seating arrangement, outrigger or not, oar length and where to put oar locks. Canoe weight capacity (900 lbs) is more than enough for all 4 of us plus gears.
We just want better power efficiency to fight some wind. We sometimes have 15-20 mph wind here. We likely won’t go out boating, when wind speed is over 20 miles per hour.
No sailing. Maybe (maybe not) a small 2hp motor in the far future, if we have to (prefer not).
Based on what I have read, we may have two options.
I am guessing if I row from the narrow bow, I need outrigger oar locks for better power output. How durable/good is the $300 aluminum outrigger rowing rig from Sail Boats to Go dot com? https://www.sailboatstogo.com/content/Rowing
Is there a better and complete alternative, for about the same cost? I don’t have time to do such extensive DIY.
When I row from bow, I am guessing wife should paddle steer from stern and kids should paddle in the middle? Do I have to have 8’ or longer oar length, or 7.5’ is enough?
If I row from the 36" center gunwale, I may be ok with oar locks on gunwale (without outrigger oar locks)? Center depth is 12" for the canoe. My DIY center seat surface can be easily adjusted to any height from 2" to 10" above canoe bottom.
In that case, maybe kids should sit at bow and wife should steer from stern? Likewise, do I need 8’ or longer oar length, or 7.5’ is enough?
Which option would work better, or are they about the same?
I am guessing Oar Right (angle/position locker) should be very useful for a beginner rower?
Thank you very much!