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Old 08-11-2016   #1
 
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9.5 ft oars to try out or trade

Does anyone have a set of 9.5 ft oars that I could try out? I have a 14 ft raft with 60 inch wide frame (66 inch wide at the oar locks) and have been using 10 ft oars. They have been great but feel a little un-balanced. I have already tried 9 footers and they felt too short. Thinking that 9.5 could be the golden ticket. I have not been able to locate anyone on the front range that rents this size, so wondering if anyone would let me borrow some for a day. I have some near new black cataract oars (10 foot, non CB) that I would potentially be willing to trade for some cataract 9.5 ft oars if the borrowing thing does not work out. Let me know if interested.

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Sorry I can't help you out with the loaners. What I can let you know is that I run 9.5 ft Cataract oars on a 14ft raft with a 60" frame 66" tower widths and I absolutely love them. They feel light on the tips and as balanced as can be. Rope wrap with donuts and it's an easy fine tune. Hope that's of some help.
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Sorry I can't help you out with the loaners. What I can let you know is that I run 9.5 ft Cataract oars on a 14ft raft with a 60" frame 66" tower widths and I absolutely love them. They feel light on the tips and as balanced as can be. Rope wrap with donuts and it's an easy fine tune. Hope that's of some help.
Thanks for the feedback Driftabit! I could be making a mess out of nothing but want to confirm prior to pulling the trigger on some new oars.
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I don't know Denver but I have 2 college programs within half Hr drive from me that you could rent the oars. They would surely be carsile but sure they would have the length. Just a thought.

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Thanks Paul!

Not worried about the brand just want to get the length dialed in! I appreciate the feedback...
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I have a comparable 14 ft setup and have one set of 10s and one set of 9.5s and after giving each 3-4 days find myself exclusively using the 9.5s.

I wouldn't hesitate to just buy them honestly, especially if you can find a deal.
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Isn't it easier to just buy a bigger raft?

Or maybe man up and use those 10's?

Or maybe your the type of guy that would be better of in an inner tube?

Just giving you a hard time Collin, But on a serious note, what about cutting down your 10's?
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Here is some info I found on cutting down oars, seems really easy. Seems like some people prefer to cut the handle end while others have cut the blade end. You could come to my shop and we could do it either way pretty easily.

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I've cut cataracts and epoxied in new counterbalanced handles. It was pretty easy. Way cheaper than new sticks, that's for sure.
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You might want to talk to our buddies at Down River Equipment too, they may have DEMO's they can loan you! Keep it Right Side Up, Renee
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