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Old 08-27-2012   #1
Little Rock, Arkansas
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14' raft. Oars are 9'. too short?

Just bought a 14' NRS raft with all the stuff. Saw a pic of same raft and noticed the oars looked longer than mine. Afraid that when I move the handles in about 4-6" there won't be much blade in the water. ??

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Old 08-27-2012   #2
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they're fine.. Rock it til you feel like you deserve something else. 9' is pretty ideal for a 14' boat though.

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Old 08-27-2012   #3
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i row a 14' by 7' nrs and found that 9' oars were to small for it. bought 10' counterbalanced oars and like them a lot more. how wide is your boat?
Oh! I don't take it lightly! I've always got to know
There's an old lion a roarin' n the river down below
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Old 08-27-2012   #4
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I have 9'6" for my 14' Sotar. It all depends on the width of the boat, the height of your seat and what distance you prefer between the oar handles. If the angle of the dangle is too steep or too shallow, e.g. The oar stroke whether pushing or pulling is above or below your comfort zone--well then, more than likely, your oars are too short.
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Old 08-27-2012   #5
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what kind of oars do you have? I might know someone or have a set that I would trade/barter to you if they are in good shape and you want longer oars.
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Old 08-27-2012   #6
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Tim, i have an nrs e140. Started with 9 foot went to 10 now back to 9 1/2. Alot depends on the height of the seat and the width of the oarlocks, so play around and use what feels right. The longer they are the heavier they will feel.
more snow = more water
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Old 08-27-2012   #7
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9.5 is probably ideal but 9 will work. for most of us money is more important than perfection.
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Old 08-27-2012   #8
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9 work. i run 10. truth is, your a puss if you cant run what ever!
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Old 08-27-2012   #9
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Sometimes I want 10' sometimes I want 9'. 9.5' is a good compromise but not worth spending the $ on if you already have 9's. The extenders work but at their price why not just by a 2nd set of longer oars?
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Old 08-27-2012   #10
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When I bought my frame from AAA for my 14' NRS, they recommended 9' for smaller shallower rivers, 9.5 for bigger water. And they had me trim the oar towers to get the rowing geometry right for the oar length I chose.

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