Ron - Thanks for the advice!
Saw a picture the other day of the Osprey w/ the oar lock set up. Looked like a great idea; definitely one to consider adapting for my discovery.
Thinking long and hard about making up some pontoons over the winter too.
Beans did have some nice overstocked kayaks at their Freeport outlet the a few weeks back though...Hmmm, canoe "upgrades" or a kayak...