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Old 06-09-2009   #11
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I've been running tipped way out to maximize frame width and hence oar leverage. I plan to try flipping them like the second picture to regain some height as well as getting the locks closer to plumb. I do think the locks should be tipped out a bit, just not as much as mine.

Totally agree you should be chest height for pulling, not shoulder ht.
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Old 06-09-2009   #12
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Star oar towers are essentially the same as the DRE (but are NRS pipe sized) except the top part is bronze and it slides into pipe riser and is secrured with a bolt instead of welded. This means that if you f-up and cut the pipe too short, you just unbolt the bronze oar mount and cut a new piece of pipe, wich from NRS is $4/foot in stead of $30 for the whole welded thing. There are some pics of these on the buzz, but I am too lazy to find a link. I have used them and they work well.

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Old 06-09-2009   #13
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Your oar length is perfect for that boat. I use a 9" setup and it's great. Get taller oar locks, keep your seat on the frame and ditch the oar rights. Feathering allows you more movement with your oars and a smoother blade transition in and out of the water. With a twist of the wrist you can run your blade parallel to the water without having to bring the oar handle down several more inches (to your knees) to allow for the blade to completely exit the water. It is weird/difficult at first but once you figure it out, you will never go back. You stopped using training wheels when you were Four don't go back. Keep up the good work
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Old 06-09-2009   #14
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Originally Posted by penguin View Post
Thank you everybody for the replies. I feel like I found the right solution: AAA Inflatables in Denver has the solution for NRS' lack of parts. Their contact information is here http://www.aaainflatables.com/
If you get a couple feet of NRS-size aluminum pipe, too, you can make towers in more than one length (if the top fitting isn't welded or some dumbass trick like that).

(Oops- looks like they did weld it into the pipe. Rats!)

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