Originally Posted by rafterman
07 is the earliest current Ocelot design. I would like to save my 10 footers for my round boat with 8" stands. I have heard if you do it right, you can reuse Carlisle handles when cutting them down. It sounds like 9 footers would be too short, and I will keep on the search for some used 9.5s...
That's too bad I didn't know that when I purchased my 08 online. I was thinking the 07 was older design because it was $100 cheaper. I could have saved $100 that could be buying me beer as I speak.
Regarding cutting down your carlisle oars and reusing the handles
that depends. Carlisle shafts longer than 8' (I think) have an inner aluminum sleeve to add strength. this prevents you from cutting them down on the blade side as you will NEVER fit a blade in them regardless of how well you drill a hole for the snap fitting.
the sleeve also extends near the handle but I think its about a foot out. You can therefore cut about 6" off the handles but don't quote me on that. The technique I recommend is as follows, based on my experience cutting down my buddies oars. Note: he was taking 10' down to 9' so he had to use the lathe.
1) make sure you have a lathe that you can turn down the diameter of the handles if necessary. A sander will not work it will gum up the plastic. A file will work but its an awful lot of filing and difficult to get uniform.
2) cut about 3" off of the plastic around the handles using a box knife. Remove the plastic wrap from the oar shaft.
3) there are 2 or three crimp spots that hold the handle into the shaft. Drill a hole through the aluminum at those locations to free the handle from the shaft.
4) measure and cut the shafts. If you look inside the shaft you will see where the inner sleeve runs to. If you cut near the inner sleeve, be prepared to turn down the handles on a lathe so they will fit back in the shafts.
5) insert the handles into the shafts and use a drill to drill two holes 90 degrees apart through the shaft and into the handle.
6) use a pop rivet gun to place a rivet in the hole and secure the handle to the shaft.