# Frequent question: What is the length of oar raft in feet?

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## How do you measure raft oar length?

If you’re putting the oars on a non-NRS frame, measure the horizontal distance from oarlock to oarlock. Divide that measurement by two and subtract 2″ (to give some distance between the handles when the oars are horizontal). Multiply that distance by three to get your approximate oar length.

## How do you size a raft frame?

A: There are two key frame measurements: “center-to-center” and “flat length”. Calculate the “center-to-center” measurement by taking the width (outer dimension) of your raft (this is not necessary for a cataraft) and subtracting the diameter of one tube.

## How long is a rowboat in feet?

The oars vary in length between 16 and 18 feet. Pilot gigs are about 32 feet long with 4-1/2 foot beam and have six oarsmen sitting single file. Gentleman’s rowboats is the old fashioned name for a lightly built boat made for pleasure rowing. Now we call them touring rowboats.

## What size raft do I need?

A 12-13-foot raft is comfortable for a maximum of five-six people and a 14-15-footer will work well for up to seven or eight people. For two people, stick to a 12-foot or smaller raft. For multiday trips for two people, figure on at least a 13-foot raft. For three or four people, you’re looking at a 14-15-foot raft.

## Why do rowers face backwards?

Boats have been rowed backward because the human body has its muscle power concentrated in the back muscles, shoulders, and biceps. This makes pulling a more efficient motion than pushing, meaning the rower becomes less fatigued, more energy is transferred to the oars, and the vessel travels farther with each stroke.

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## How fast do single rowers go?

In an eight-person crew, you’ve got seven other oars to give you balance.” He said a single sculler could reach a top speed of more than 13 miles an hour, almost as fast as the top speed of a boat with eight oars.