Originally Posted by hpp10
Oar Pins and Clips V.S. Open Oarlocks and Oarrights? My Driftboat has the same oars (3) as my new raft, but different oarlocks. Should I gear my raft more like my drift boat or my drift boat more like my raft.??
if you like the oar set up on your drift boat, why change it? personally, i have gotten away from the 3 oar set up for a couple of reasons: usually the 3rd oar is a piece of crap that you couldn't give away. in fact, you or someone you know probably found it somewhere.
it makes more sense (to me anyways) to rig with two complete sets of good oars, each set usable for any circumstance but a bit better for one thing or another. for example, on my super puma i use a pair of 8' oars for fishing and smaller water and carry a pair of 8.5' oars for back ups. the 8.5's are also much better for overnights and heavier loads in bigger water. both have open oar locks and sleeves.
i usually use 9.5' on my 15' wave destroyer but carry 2-10' spares with aires version of the oar right for bigger water. if you loose an oar, a 6" difference either way is not going to make a difference in getting to shore or an eddy, and when you get there you can change them both out and still have a spare.
i know there is a cost issue, but it still helps to plan ahead. oars are like boats and trailers, you really cannot have enough of them.
as far as the training wheel thing goes, you never know when you may want or need some one less experienced to row your boat and oar rights can be a valuable tool worth bringing along even if you don't use them. and some people do like them.