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Old 08-16-2013   #11
Colo Springs, Colorado
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Same thoughts for me as below. Your boat and your choice, Ryan, but I'm very satisfied with 10' oars on my 14' Hyside. I run the Ark in Bighorn and Royal Gorge, both somewhat rocky sections.

Originally Posted by Ka-Pow View Post
Unless it's a really narrow Avon, you will be happier with 10 ft oars. I went back and forth on the decision with a mind to all the rocky rivers I like to run and in the end went with 10'. Once you get a feel for them in lower/rockier situations there is only benefit to the extra power.
Originally Posted by cataraftgirl View Post
So, before you start cutting the oars, a few questions. Was this a used set-up or new? If used, was the previous owner using the 10 ft. oars successfully? How wide is the raft & frame? If it's new, why did they sell oars that long with the package if they're way too long? Have you set the raft & frame to try them? I'd make sure that they won't work before I started cutting or trading them. I say this because I have suffered with "short oar syndrome" in the past. Just wondering?????

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Old 08-16-2013   #12
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well thanks for all the help. ya i have always used 9 ft oars on my 14 ft boats, (nrs expedition, hyside) i have a 16 ft avon pro and use 10 ft oars. i guess ill wait till i make a few runs in it. i was unaware you could cut them and still keep the integrity of the fiberglass. Either way you guys have been extremely helpfull thanks for the responses.

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Old 08-16-2013   #13
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I use 9 footers on my 14' boat on day trips or short overnighters, and in low water/small river stretches. Expeditions and bigger water I take the 10 footers.
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Keep the 10s, I have 10s and now 9s feel too short... I used them just last weekend on Browns on the ark at 600, not a single problem. I like the power of the 10s. Plus cutting them down messes up their counterbalance even if we all say it doesnt...
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Old 08-16-2013   #15
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Your Avon, is probably wider and I bet the tubes are 21-22" tubes? The tubes on my raft are 20"x6'10" and I'm running 9.5' oars. They feel right for the boat, I'm on and for various levels runnin on the Ark. I would say run with the 10'. The only reason I see myself going shorter is a stern frame setup or longer is a river like the Grand.
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Old 08-19-2013   #16
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I run 10 footers on a 14' NRS revolution and a 14' Hyside. I like and prefer the 10's and could get away with 9.5s....I would not be happy with 9s.

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