Originally Posted by mora2818
Hmm, we have very similar setups. All NRS stuff and lined up the same from the best I can tell. I wonder if I am exaggerating my stoke to much in the water or something. As in not enough in the water or too deep. Obviously I am generating a lot of torque that is pushing the oar upwards. Is there angle line/path the oar should follow while rowing in the oar lock. Like the oar should be at a 35-45 degree angle?
In general it is recommended that the oar pivots about 1/3 down the shaft. So for normal rowing stroke you probably want something close to 30-35 degree angle on the shaft. I've rowed short oars before with close to 45 degrees and felt like I needed to have my hands near eye level to get the oar to dig. Not a good feeling.
Here is some more background on "how I roll"
I keep a fist distance between the oar handle tips. I'm pretty sure during my rowing stroke that my arms are a little below the chest height an a bit higher when doing strokes where I need to really dig in or ensure that I'm making it down to the water
I run 10' oars on a 72" frame with 26.5" leopard tubes (sit on seat on drybox) and 9.5' oars on a 66" frame setup running 22" ocelot tubes - sit on seat place right on the frame.
You can see with a 26.5" tube and 6" tower that even if my tube is 10" in the water, I don't need to get even near level oar to get it out of the water. So there is tons of clearance between leg and oar even if I lift the oar pretty far out of the water ... I can load the cat down pretty heavily and still be up quite a bit more than a loaded 20" tube (do you have a 13' s/b?) ...
On the ocelot my seat is lower as I have less distance to the water so in that case my return stroke has to be deeper and hence my knees need to be lower. I also can't run nearly as much gear in the ocelot and generally use it for more technical solo day trips.
the tube diameter as well as loading of the boat is going to set how much you have to push the oars down towards "level" to get them out of the water.
If you want, set up your boat and have your friend or wife take pics from the side and from the front at oar tower level. PM to me or post them --- this will help me and others understand the problem.
I'm pretty sure based on your description, frame size, oar length, etc that the problem is that you are sitting up a bit too high and need the taller towers. If this is the case, and you haven't had the frame for a long time, I'm pretty sure you could convince them to exchange the towers for taller ones if you can make the case that their "default" frame geometry is all messed up. NRS is generally pretty cool with their policies.