Originally Posted by Brotorboat
I don't even row anymore. Oars are for sinners and only help you prolong the inevitable. I launch and then pray to God. If you can't get make it down by the grace of God, then you're going to Hell.
Dude, I've been looking forward to getting on the river with you one of these days, now I know it'll be pretty entertaining too.
As for Pins and Clips vs Open vs Oar Rights and wrongs AlanS has a great summary. Not sure I've got any real facts but I learned with Oar Rights and that's what I'm comfortable with. I've known plenty of excellent boaters that rowed either open locks, oar rights, or with P&Cs. For me it's kind of like skiing telemark vs locking that heel down. Tele skiing is so much fun on the groomers, and in powder or any kind of great conditions, but when the day serves up breakable crust, or that chute you hiked all that way up to is icy and clouds just moved in, give me a beefy boot and locked heel. When I've just gotten tossed around in the boat, there's a must-make move seconds ahead, and I'm putting a popped (or spare) oar back in, I want that oar to grab some water on the first stroke without having to take my eyes off what's coming up, because those instants may be the difference between a flip and a fun & rowdy run.
I've never cared for P&Cs because of the sharp things so often associated with them (hose clamps, the clips, etc.). If I were running Class V, maybe I'd want them.
I'd like to get some of the convertible oar rights but am not too worried about it.
Whatever you're comfortable with,