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Old 05-20-2013   #1
Yukon, Alabama
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Cataract H20 (changable handles)


I'm ordering Cataract 11 foot oars. I'd prefer to not have a break-down oar shaft. For airline shipping purposes I need to be able to reduce the shaft length about 6 inches (in addition to removing the blade). Since I am going to get weighted oars anyway, I'm thinking that the Cataract H2O oar handle system might be a good solution.

The H2O handle system basically include two separate handles for each shaft. One is weighted and one is not. The handle attach to the shaft with three screws. Simple to remove and get the length I need for air transportation.

I've searched the archives and found just one thread back in 2009 providing no information and I've searched the web to no avail.

Does anyone have any information on these handles, specifically how they hold up - any problems issues with hard use? Thanks.

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Old 05-21-2013   #2
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If you contact Advanced Composites they can probably alleviate any concerns you have

My biggest concerns would be does the setscrew hole loosen up or rattle after time, can you strip anything (including the screw head), etc

They may also have the name of a local dealer who carries them, or be able to ship the std oars without the handles installed/epoxied

Sotar might not stock the 11' so they may get drop shipped from Utah anyhow
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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