I have to agree with the previous poster. If you need springs to keep your oars in place something ain't right.
The setting of the oars is important. We were always told that the oar handles should be 3 thumb widths apart. To keep from catching your thumb.
But if you are raising the oars on each stroke maybe your seat is too high? (or too low? I am having problems conceiving the situation.)
Usually the oars need to be raised. You should not be rowing between your knees. When you are pushing on the oar your arm should be straight out from your shoulder. The blade should be fully in the water. You should push or pull without raising the oar.
Oars should hit you right at nipple height (that might be variable on women) Mid chest lets say. And you should be able to get a full stroke. If the stroke is too short or too long the seat isn't right.
Also the distance between your seat and the oar locks is crucial.
Perhaps I should have said Real BOATMEN use solid ash oars. Since it is my understanding that is what the women guides on the Grand Canyon prefer to be called.
Originally Posted by lhowemt
The rings that came with my cobras seem pretty strong, but I like the lynchpin idea, will have to try them. I agree cobras rock, even with my cheap carlisle's the cheap oarlocks have a limited range of motion.
Bummer, my friends Cataracts are shorter than I run even on my small boat. I think I'll try the local shop and see if I can demo a pair of the Cats this weekend.