Originally Posted by 2kanzam
With the counterbalance running a stern rig it is quite comfortable for me. I was just looking closely this weekend while on the water and I would be hard pressed to lose 6” off the length without adjusting my stroke to make the blade dig deeper….
I would expect none of these formulas correlate very well with the high seat stern mount.
Two primitive thoughts. Beat me up.
Rowing more vertically has drawbacks. Shallow water or hidden hazards in mirky water.
In a more normal captain's height going to shorter oars can mean some rock avoidance and easier shipping. Understood.
But one loses not just leverage with shorter oars. The arc of the shorter oar is tighter and it covers more degrees of the circle with the same range of movement by any given oarsman. That is bad.
A greater portion of the time the shorter oar is pushing somewhat away from the boat and not in the optimal, there is that word again, right angle to the boat.
Does any oar manufacturer put out a blade like the grooved flippers?
I'm just wondering about being able to use a smaller blade because water is held some and not allowed to slide off the sides as much.
Just asking. I don't even know if my reasoning on any of this post is correct. Just my mind wandering.
I have feelings too so go light.......