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Old 05-31-2011   #1
Arlee, Montana
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Oar Sleeve without oar right

I'm trying to rig up my new carlisle oars. I'm thinking of putting just sleeves on them without oar rights. Do I need rubber bumpers or the large plastic stoppers nrs recommends? Thanks Jeff

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Old 05-31-2011   #2
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You can use either. The plastic stoppers have screws to tighten them to the oar sleeve while the rubber donuts just slip on. The rubber ones can move around from time to time, while the plastic ones stay in place...

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Old 05-31-2011   #3
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Sleeves without stoppers

You can run the sleeves without the stoppers, I have for years. But it ends up messing up and eventually breaking the stopper portion of the sleeve
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Old 05-31-2011   #4
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Use the plastic stoppers. They will protect the oar sleeve from getting destroyed they also allow you to really crank down on the sleeves so that they don't slip on the oar shafts.
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Old 05-31-2011   #5
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I have seen rubber stoppers used the most. Bottom line is use one or the other. The sleeve ring will get demolished otherwise. I have seen the lack of either lead to some interesting situations when the plastic sleeve ring gets locked into the oarlock, real fun in the middle of a challenging rapid.
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Old 05-31-2011   #6
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Thanks for the help. Just another thing to order.
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Old 05-31-2011   #7
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just cut the" right" portion of oar right off so you just have the ring. Install that over the sleeve. Oar rights are like rowing with handcuffs on.
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If you buy basic, tightly woven, poly cord at your local hardware store and some good epoxy you can wrap them. That's what I recommend. Do a search and you'll get a lot of good info.
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Put on stoppers, rubber or plastic. You'll be glad you did.
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Old 05-31-2011   #10
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When installing the oar sleeves (which being hard plastic are clunky/noisy) I add a custom touch.

Cut a rubber donut/oarstop in half and shove it up the oarsleeve (cut side toward the grip) so you have a rubber bumper against the lock. Makes Carlisles and sleeves a lot quieter and more pleasant to use.

(I favor NZ Gull wood oars with rope wraps and donuts, but that's another story.)

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