Originally Posted by GC Guide
The deal is that the blades never come out of the water. The rower is standing with the oars near vertical. The entire body weight of the oarer (sic) is leaned into the stick and the boat will surge forward. Leaning the entire body weight is the trick. There is a lot of technique to this style and the oars must be fully feathered through the water to get another bite.
I am not sure why I am explaining this as Shutzie will tell you I am full of shit anyway! And Shutzie knows all! Cheers!
Schutzie blushes; they love me, they really love me!
Naw, I don't think you're full of shit. I don't even think you're gassy. You're just misguided (pun intended)
Indeed, one can get a lot of power when leaning on an oar. In my opinion one can get more power when pulling, using the legs and back and if necessary, "standing" on it.
Probably because I used pins, I never liked to leave my oar in the water if I wasn't actually doing something with it. I not only broke an oar, but shattered a frame on the Dolores at Snaggletoogh. I was just coming into the landing, and my upstream
oar caught something, or something caught it, or some such and before I knew it wood was flying everywhere. Upstream oar by God!
That aside, I don't think powering through a rapid is the best approach; by using the angle of your ride in the current and understanding where the current wants to take you as opposed to where you want to be, you can almost always place your craft in the current at the right spot, at the right angle, and only have to adjust that for nonsense like a miscalculation, or the wind, or a mermaid jumping up at you and startling you.
Anyway, in the end, try em all; pins, clips, locks, duct tape. Push, pull, spin, stand up sit down, puke in your shoes.
The point is to have a safe and fun time. All the rest is personal choice.