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Old 06-12-2015   #1
 
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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
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Old 06-12-2015   #2
 
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need to do the same..look forward to hearing about durability.. they look great
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Old 06-12-2015   #3
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Great idea. I have replaced a couple when they got to the point I was worried about dropping plastic in the river.
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Yes! This is the answer I've been looking for!
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Great find! I see it comes in clear. Might try some over a pair of wood oars I have for protection. Also have some splintery cataracts that could benefit.
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Just did this to a pair of Two piece Carlisles.


Sourced the heat shrink from Ebay. $30 for enough to do two 9 1/2 ft oars plus extra. I used two layers under the Carlisle sleeves but that wasn't quite enough for the sleeve to tighten down on. Three was too much for the whole sleeve to slide over, so I added a two inch section under the tightening bolt only and that worked great. Used an exacto to cut out the button holes and any excess. Definitely less expensive than two new shafts.
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Cool deal Aerocam. I ended up back-stopping the oar sleeves with band clamps. Cheap at the price.
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Great find! I see it comes in clear. Might try some over a pair of wood oars I have for protection. Also have some splintery cataracts that could benefit.
Let us know how that turns out. I have a set of cataracts that were made in the early 90's. They are slightly smaller than modern ones and they are not finished as smoothly. This would also help them. Let us know how it turn out.

And thanks Tom for posting up this idea.
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Thanks for the tip Tom! I'm going to use the clear at the bottom of my cataracts just for scratch protection. I was going to use clear bra but I think this will look cleaner.
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Someone just sent me a PM asking to report on how the re-sleeving has held up. So far, excellently! I did have to use two hose clamps on either side of the oar sleeves to keep them from slipping. Yours, tom
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