Originally Posted by bellotti
Nope, first oar rig and first time rigging it. Not much experience with these. I ordered them tall b/c I wasn't for sure how they'd be set up. Plan on either cutting them down or seeing if someone local can put a bend in them so they're lower and out farther. Just don't want to make them too low, my bulging thigh muscles might get in the way.
Since you've got it inflated, etc. there's a way to check the oar angle.
Measure the tubes and set up two blocks (cinder, wood, whatever) that are 1/3 the diameter of the tubes (your max load waterline). Take the blades off the oars and rest the ends of the shafts on the blocks. That's where your oars will be with the blade fully in the water. Check the clearance, bulging thigh-wise, and the height of the grips (your hands should be no higher than the lower part of your sternum).
The variables are the length of the oars, the height of the towers, and the height of the seat (which you can't change). Reducing the height of the towers is the simplest fix.