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Re: 2 sets of oarlocks on a Porta bote?
I have replace the factory oarlocks with "standard" oar locks, but just in the same position. The standard oarlocks have a pretty small bearing surface so they tend to work on the hull stressing it. I found some mahogany trim maybe 1/8” thick by 2” wide and used that as a backer plate to distribute the force. Then you can use real oars and put your back into the pull.
I don't see why you could not do the same thing with a 14' boat and have 2 sets of oarlocks. Don't know how the weight distribution would be. I used bolts and nuts for my install. I can still fold the boat, maybe a wee bit fatter, not an issue.
33' Brewer, Murray 33, steel cutter
44' Pape, Steelmaid, cc steel cutter