Re: ODC 816 Pontoon ?'s
That is one sweet deal. I bet you saved at least $300 with your ODC 816 rig. You will soon appreciate the reduced weight and manufacturing quality of the ODC.
After 2 - 3 outings with my ODC 816, I made only two "personalizations" you may consider:
1) The plastic covering on the oars and the plating on the oar locks are both slick surfaces, and I could never tighten enough the bolts/wingnuts on the oar locks. The simple solution is to buy for about $3 - $5, the smallest bicycle inner tube you can find. Cut out two, 2-in. pieces, and mount each piece over the spot on each oar where you want to attach each oar lock, and tighten. Now, the oars will not shift, move or rotate in the oar locks.
2) For getting my pontoon, loaded with gear, to the water's edge, I crafted my own "transporter." The details are described in my post: Transporting a Pontoon on May 01, 2008, 01:40:42 am. The Photobucket link is no longer active, but if you go to that link you'll see me in the "Time-out t..." photo.
Enjoy your ODC 816. It was a very smart purchase.
Jerry D. aka Irish