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Old 07-14-2008   #1
Fruita, Colorado
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How do ya shorten an oar?

Got an old pair of (non-wood) oars that are two long. Probably they are cataracts although I can't tell for sure. Handles seem to be glued in. Is there any known way to cut a foot off these and preserve the handles?

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Old 07-14-2008   #2
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aaa inflatables

i just bought some oars from aaa inflatables in denver and they shortened up in about 15 minutes. I know they cut the oars down below the handles and re-glued them back in.

Give them a call for details...or you may want to take it by there to make sure its done right.

good luck.

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Old 07-14-2008   #3
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Get a pipe cutter and a big drill. Measure the distance from the lock hole to the end of the oar. Chop a foot or so and redrill the hole.
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Old 07-14-2008   #4
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i have done it both ways. shortening from the handle end is the easiest and safest. if you go from the blade end and blow it with the drill you are hosed. i cut mine off on the handle side for length, then cut paralel to the handle to get it out of the shaft. then re glue the handle to the shaft. at least if you blow it getting the handle out of the piece you cut off, all it costs is a new handle. i think down river has them for 15 or so. cataracts are no problem but carliles have an inner tube that make it a little more challenging if you cut it more than a foot or so, though i have done them.
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Old 07-14-2008   #5
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Originally Posted by willpaddle4food View Post
How do you shorten an oar?
Is this a trick question? Try spelling it "or".
Looks like you've been missing a lot of work lately.

I wouldn't say I've been *missing* it, Bob.
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