I've used Oar Rights on my Cataract oars for many years, and have recently ditched the Oar Rights in favor of having the ability to feather the oars. The oars have the standard plastic sleeves on them - they are not wrapped with rope (but I would like for them to be).
Now that the Oar Rights are gone, the oars are loose fitting are are kind of clunky inside of my Cobra oarlocks. I'm hoping that rope wrap will fill the gap and make for a firmer and less noisy fit within the oarlocks.
DRE in Denver has a repair guy who can apply/install rope wrap for $50/oar (more than I wanted to spend for four oars...). Or, I can take them to Salt Lake, where the good folks at Cataract can put them back into their production line to apply the rope wrap, and they charge $25/oar (pretty reasonable price...); the only issue is that they need to hold onto them for a few days (which means expensive shipping costs, or an extended stay for me in Salt Lake).
I'm a DIY kind of guy and I don't mind learning new things and getting the job done myself. I've considered how to go about wrapping the oars in rope, but I wanted to ask someone who has done it before in hopes of avoiding mistakes.
DRE sells a rope wrapping kit that is manufactured by Sawyer:
Sawyer Oar Rope Wrapping Kit
In the description it states the following: "-75 feet of 3/16" Braided Nylon Rope -This is enough to wrap one oar 15 to 18 inches (or two oars 7 to 8 inches) -Wrapping Oars is not easy so read the provided instructions carefully."
The description does not mention the inclusion of any glue, and as far as I know, rope wrap is usually glued into place on the oar shaft, and perhaps there is an additional layer of glue that may be applied to the outside of the wrap, I'm not sure. Wow, 75', really? I'm not sure if I should try out the kit, or just buy some cordage and give it a go on my own.
If anyone has any experience with wrapping oars with rope, I would love to hear about the process and learn any tips and tricks that you'd be willing to share, as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Thanks so much!