Originally Posted by Avatard
Its just a little over 6" of shaft. You wont lose anything structural in the handle. There will be a sliver of handle and some epoxy remaining in the shaft that needs some cleanout, but easy enough to pry this out
The problem with cutting down carlisles is the longer ones have an inner aluminum sleeve. This interferes with reinserting the handles. You need a lathe to turn down the handles so they fit but it can be done
Oops I forgot about that part, it was several years ago. On the 3 carslisles I cut down, I had to put a heavy sand paper grinder disk on my angle grinder and it took about 5 minutes per oar handle to grind down the plastic handle shank so it could be re-inserted and epoxied into the oar shaft due to this inner aluminum tube. A lathe is defenitely not needed. The epoxy compensates for the handle shank not being totally smooth and round after grinding. You could also use an expandable water proof glue/epoxy too to fill in any void. I just used regular 2 part epoxy that costs 5 bucks and used 1 tube per handle glue job.