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Old 08-26-2011   #1
jonesborough, Tennessee
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Oar size and length, vendors

Hello All..Building a fishing raft frame and would like advice on oar length for a 13' Momentum. Is there a formula? Ratio?
Also, would like to keep the cost for oars, locks and towers under $300.00 for both sides if possible. Any decent vendors? Traveling class II for now.
There's questions I should be asking so, fire away ideas and experiences please...Thank You in advance.

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Old 08-26-2011   #2
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Welcome to the Buzz. Try using the search function, as this topic has been thoroughly (over) discussed.

The only way you'll make your budget is if you find it all used AND low end.
The width of your boat/frame will drive the oar length though.


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I have a 13" maravia, 66" between towers, 18" tubes, 6" towers, and 8 foot cataracts. If I had it all to do over. I would buy 9' oars and cut them down somewhere around 8 1/2 feet.
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Old 08-26-2011   #4
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NRS website has some general oar length recommendations. Go to their website and look under the Fit List heading. A lot depends on your boat & frame width, seat height, your height, etc.
I'm with'll probably want longer oars than what you first think.
Oars, locks, and towers for under $300 might be a challenge, but keep checking the gear swaps on Mountain Buzz & NRS.
Good luck
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