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Old 05-11-2012   #11
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I just put into service Sotar Legend tubes that are listed the same diameter as Ocelot 22" and my frame is 66" wide, I'm 6'3" So a very similar boat and I'm running with 9.5' oars which I think are about perfect.

Originally Posted by rafterman View Post
I have an 07 Ocelot with a 66" wide NRS frame. I am currently running 10 ft oars with 8" NRS oar stands, and they work well...not super fast but I'm getting great leverage. I have a set of 6" stands on the way and am thinking I will then be able to run 9.5 oars, but I'm wondering if I could run 9 footers. Someone locally has 4 9ft oars with blades, wrap and stoppers for around 200 bucks total. Should I cash in? Or would 9 ft be too short even with shorter oar stands? I run my handles a fist width apart, I'm 6'3'' and sitting very close to the top of the frame.


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Old 05-13-2012   #12
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I have an 2008 ocelot with 66" nrs frame. I DONT sit elevated off the frame (no cooler) and 9.5 oars and 6" oar towers work great. If i sat up higher i'd probably need higher towers and 10' oars

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 05-13-2012   #13
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Originally Posted by cataraftgirl View Post
I use a 66" NRS frame on my 14 X 24 Maravia Cat. I use 9 ft. Cataract oars with 6" NRS oarstands. I got my oars when I was rowing a 14 X 22 Cat. The 9 ft. oars work fine, but I will admit that sometimes a wish I had 9.5 footers. The wish is not strong enough to switch and spend that much money again.
Well that was last year.....I have since added a AAA flip seat bracket over my dry box, which elevated my rowing position a little bit. I now use AAA oar towers (NRS 8 inch were just too short), and I got 9.5 ft. oars. Much better. If I would just stop messing around with my frame, I wouldn't have to buy new oars. Oh well, that's half the fun.
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