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Old 11-15-2011   #11
 
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I've got several friends with 60" frames on a 13' sb and they all run 9' oars, so yes 8.5 oars may work. You never want to leave an oar unattended because it may whack or spear you. Try resting the shafts under your legs to keep the blades out of the water
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Fishing from the driving seat is pretty hard on the river unless you anchor, or are on some pretty slow big water. With pins and clips I have often been able to stuff the oar handles under the front seat edge when I want to take a break with oars out of the water. With oarlocks you can just pull across and set them across the frame if your straps are long enough. I agree that floating with unattended oars in the water is a recipe for getting your balls knocked off.
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Mostly you want your oar handles safely out of the way to prevent injury.
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The Cataract blades will keep the oars from diving, but not float them at the surface. Cat blades and counterweights will do that.

I switched to wood oars, Gull from NZ, which have a pleasant feel, aren't expensive, and float nicely.

Also made some thingies for parking the oars, by looping broad velcro tape around the shaft just above the blade, with patches of the opposite sort on the very front of the frame or on the nosecones of the tubes.
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Mostly you want your oar handles safely out of the way to prevent injury.
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these don't work however if you use pins/clips or non-convertable oar rights, because the blade angle winds up not laying flat like shown it would stick into the tubes and cause the shaft to be too far away from the frame. ...
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Sorry but dropping oars is perfectly OK, something that is commonly done and is also a technique. So floating oar blades are key to keep them from diving so you minimize problems often associated with shallow/rocky rivers. If you drop your oars to just relax, you need to pay attention to them just like you'd need to pay attention to what the boat is doing since you have no control. In the right place it's just fine. Cataract oar blades will keep your oars up quite high even without counterbalances. Carlisle blades will pull your oars down to sink, so you really want cats.
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Sorry but dropping oars is perfectly OK, something that is commonly done and is also a technique. So floating oar blades are key to keep them from diving so you minimize problems often associated with shallow/rocky rivers. If you drop your oars to just relax, you need to pay attention to them just like you'd need to pay attention to what the boat is doing since you have no control. In the right place it's just fine. Cataract oar blades will keep your oars up quite high even without counterbalances. Carlisle blades will pull your oars down to sink, so you really want cats.
Thanks for this info. It sure helps to have a resource such as this forum to see what other people are using and why. Sounds like Cataracts would be better siuted under the situation I am looking at. While I don't expect the blades to float completely, any added bouyancy is helpful.
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You might also try a bungee loop around a frame member that you can use to pull down the handles and elevate the blades above the surface and out of your way
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You might also try a bungee loop around a frame member that you can use to pull down the handles and elevate the blades above the surface and out of your way
Now that's using the ole noggin!!
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I don't think dropping ones oars is such a good idea personally--I usually ship them or tuck them under my knees when I want to relax. I too, have Cat oars and blades and like how they will float--but letting them go causes them to pivot forward while floating and possibly smacking a passanger...
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