Originally Posted by rwhyman
I run my blades in front because I don't want the handles to get all beat up. I row without gloves and I want a smooth handle.
Also, I think it is easier to ship the oars, but since I've never run the other way, that might be a moot point.
Place a large diameter PVC tube along the front. Perhaps angled slightly up in back. Two straps on the outside of it with two webbing width notches used to secure each strap. PVC could be capped, but with holes drilled for drainage, and could go almost all the way to the oar rights.
The oar handles slide into it and even some of the shaft is protected.
Two straps fastened with heavier release buckles on the rear.
Have two knotted ropes about 18 inches long, not loops, on each front corner inside your bay as SOP.
Ship the good oar and remove the broken one.
Grab the opposite knotted rope with your offside hand for stability.
Release the two rear oar straps with one hand as you ......
Grab the oar shaft and slide it back out of the PVC.
Sit down, brace with legs and place the spare oar.
I haven't boated in awhile and am planning before buying how to set up by reading and studying all that you guys say. There is a wealth of knowledge shared here.
This is just me thinking out loud so take with a big grain of salt.
Time to feed the dog.
If I do set up this way I'm going to have to carefully select the one hand release buckles, I know.