Re: Pulling boat seat location?
I have found the trickiest bits is setting things up so the boat does not weather cock, hunt to windward, gripe or what ever you want to call it. Interesting example: the Gardner LFH boat was designed to go in one direction with two, the other with one. The stems were skeggy enough so that the stern stem had to be trimmed down an inch or two below the bow. Whitehall style hulls often suffer from this problem as in old ones the traditionally you always had a passenger. Perfectly double ended boats like the ducker which have no skeg and not much stem shape have to be weighted to the stern and I find that sitting just aft of amidships is about right. On a fast dory we had a removable seat between two fixed seats for rowing solo. A really big round sided dory 21" that we measured had 4 rowing stations. We found that you could not row 4 people; three people had choices as to where to put their weight
As people wrote above a seat in the middle of the boat works pretty well solo most of the time but there will be times that weight is needed in the stern. If a design has the oarlocks in the middle of the boat I suspect that it might be gripy
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