Re-sleeving an aluminum oar shaft
The following was just posted on the Rafting Grand Canyon Facebook page. Thanks to Steven Hall for suggesting I post it here.
Oar shaft re-sleeving... Just purchased 4 ten-foot Carlisle aluminum oars. The outer plastic sleeve was split, most likely due to exposure to freezing when wet, or from being in the sun a long time. I stripped off the old split plastic, and purchased a ten foot chunk of 2" vinylguard heat shrink tubing from United States Plastic Corp in Lima, OH, for $1.85 a foot plus shipping, When it arrived, i slid the new tubing over the shaft, got out the heat gun, and shrunk the vinyl on. I then used the 2.5 foot extra piece I had to double the vinyl where the oarlock guard goes, and it looks like it is ready for the river. I'll report back how it held up. Hope this helps, yours, tom