Have to get new oars for three boats for next season, and the prices are scarin' me. One of the boats is a sailing skiff that takes 7-footers, and I also have a playcat that needs the same. Wondering if I can get by with a pair in common.
of laminated Sitka spruce oars from Barkley Sound costs the same as one Sawyer standard utility wood oar, which I've used happily so far.
Same size shaft, but the spruce oars are lighter by far. The square tips look vulnerable, but on the other hand I've rowed steep, tight & rocky water for years without damage to oars.
Any experience with lightweight oars like these?