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Old 05-28-2010   #1
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Proper Fit for Oar Frame

What is the proper fit for an oar frame? Ideally, it seems that the frame should sit center-to-center. I know it is okay if the frame is a little wider than center-to-center but how wide is too wide?

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Old 05-30-2010   #2
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Originally Posted by hduncan88 View Post
I know it is okay if the frame is a little wider than center-to-center but how wide is too wide?
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You want the siderails to be supported by the tubes. If they're too far out and don't touch, and only your crossbars rest on the tubes, they put all of the weight being carried on small focal points. This can cause extreme wear or dammage to the tubes. Too wide also makes it hard to keep the frame straight and tightly rigged to the tubes. It can be done, but only with lite rower, not much gear, or lots of crossbars.
Short answer; If the siderails rest on the tubes at all it should a point.

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Old 05-30-2010   #3
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I agree, keep the side rails resting on the tubes. But, I prefer my oarlocks to be pretty wide, almost right over the edge of the tubes, this makes draw strokes much easier and more effective, although it makes you have to reach much further to ship or retrieve your oars. I have my rails sitting a few inches off center of the tube towards the sides, but like justkip said, it can make it more difficult to get the frame strapped down tight.
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