Last summer I bought a 10' Portabote. I don't have an outboard
so obviously I row it. I didn't use it much but I can see that the sides have a bit of discoloration from stress. The oarlocks go into some smallish blocks that are rivited to the sides. The torsion then works against the sides.
I asked the Portabote lady about this she said that the boats were more meant to be power driven than rowed and that you really shouldn't put your back into it when rowing.
The dingy (nor yacht) is not local so I don't have it in front of me but I kinda had the idea that you should be able to make a bracket that would fit the side of the boat and better distribute the torsion so you COULD put your back into it. Some kind of alternative way to fit the oarlocks.
Has anyone else had this issue and if so how have you dealt with it? It would be neat if there was some aftermarket solution.