Originally Posted by LSB
Back. I find it gets in the way when it's in the front.
I set it up like Okie with a cam in the back within reach and a fairly tight loop in the front so I can undo the back strap and just pull the oar back and it's loose.
Originally Posted by catwoman
This is how I prefer to run. IMHO this is the fastest way to get the narrow part (between blade and shaft) into the oarlock - but maybe that is because I have always rigged this way. The cam strap that needs undoing is kept in close reach, is clove hitched on so that it is not lost when I unstrap the blade, and is unobstructed.
Ditto on both accounts. Blades seem more vulnerable in front and are intrusive to passengers, I never run blades in front, nor do most I run with.
: Why not rig the spare inside of the oar tower rather than along side the tube?
I wouldn't likely do this with passenger(s), but there may be merits if running solo. I had a newbie friend rig it this way at a put-in, and a brief discussion occurred on why and why not with both options, he opted for outside the oar lock, but that was because he had a passenger (me). I also saw a photo on this forum (can't remember where) with it rigged inside the oar lock, reminding me of that discussion. Pros: It would probably improve protection and accessibility to the oar, particularly in Class IV or boulder strew runs. Con: It makes walking around the decks more difficult.
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