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Old 08-27-2012   #11
Salida, Colorado
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Originally Posted by Spaceghost View Post
9 work. i run 10. truth is, your a puss if you cant run what ever!
has a point..

Short oars are better in tighter creeks. Also lighter in the hands IMO counter balanced oars on anything under 11' are for softies with gloves and cargo nets.

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Old 08-28-2012   #12
Little Rock, Arkansas
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Thanks. I'll try it out this weekend and try moving the oar towers . The seat is kinda high. Right now the handles are right in front of my shoulders when I pull back. Too far out for me.

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Old 08-28-2012   #13
Denver, Colorado
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on my 14' ten year old Hyside (which is relatively narrow for a 14er) I use 9" oars and I have no inclination to go longer....I changed from standard NRS oar towers to taller DRE towers because I got a bracket seat to go over my cooler to sit definitely screwed up my geometry....I ended up getting a new kickbar and had to move my seat/stance a little......after the new seat.....I wasn't thinking of that first.....oops.....the devil can be in the details of frame/poition/seat/oar stuff! Chet
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Old 08-28-2012   #14
Little Rock, Arkansas
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This raft is also 7' wide andhas a flip seat. If I need more length, a set of extensions will be ordered rather than mess with trading, shipping, etc.
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Old 08-28-2012   #15
Montrose, Colorado
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My boat is 14'6" and 84" wide. I have a NRS Outfitter II frame. I have been in alot of slow water this year and wish I had either a longer oar or a 10" paddle. I have 9' total oar and 9" blade. If I was in faster water the 9" that I have would be fine. Money is kinda tight so I'm making due.

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