Originally Posted by Wadeinthewater
That doesn't look angled enough.
I'm thinking I instinctively prefer the shape of the Fat Smoothie on page 18:
Except without the Vortex generators bonded to the back surface of the tip.
Because we row both ways.
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Looking at the guy from India or someone in a scull, they are really low yet they use a shaped blade that maximizes contact with water while rowing at the least depth.
It seems that with our higher seats this overall blade shape is even more desirable. The one question would be the best compromise angle.
The angle of the blade upward would be difficult to do on a wood oar. Imparting the strength of the main shaft through the rib that continues down into the blade is obvious. Doing it at an angle would be ...... I don't think doable without aggressive laminations.
However with modern materials that could happen.
Obviously it has on Crew Oars has they put a good deal of force on those oars.
Ribs on both sides
of the blades would provide some of the sculpting and add strength. The blade will need to be ambidextrous.