View Poll Results: Expert boaters running OarRights
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Old 07-17-2015   #1
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Expert boaters running oar rights? POLL

I'm just wondering how many expert boaters are running rights?. I really like them and don't see myself losing them even if I ever get "expert". Thanks for participating.

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Old 07-17-2015   #2
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By no means do I consider myself an expert. Nor will I ever no matter how many river miles I see. But I did vote. Oar Rights for life!


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Old 07-17-2015   #3
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YES- after decades of private and professional boating excursions, my left elbow is fucking shot...I use rights for guiding boats all day in the busy season. My oar is always in a positive position. and it's just about the only thing I can count on being consistent when floating with custys...If your technique relies heavily on feathering then I guess it's not for you, but I'm all about making life easier when pushing commercials.
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Old 07-17-2015   #4
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I have a friend who cut his Oar Rights down shorter. He pulls the oars out and turns them when he's not in a rapid so he can feather. In a rapid, he rolls them back into the locked position. I tried it once, but didn't care for it. All that feathering made my wrists sore. I did have some commercial guides who tried to get me away from my Oar Rights (Oar Wrongs they called them) but they were not successful. Maybe it's just what I've gotten used to over the years. They might be "wrong", but they're "right" for me.
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Old 07-17-2015   #5
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In my experience there are advantages to both however there are a few things that make me lean towards oar rights so I keep them on my boat and often row open in other people's.

My carpal tunnel/tennis elbow does act up when I'm not using them as well.
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Old 07-17-2015   #6
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I am not an expert boater so I didn't vote...however I do run rights...On Ruby/HT last weekend I definitely noted their downside when in fierce wind...amazing how much wind an oar can catch!
I'd like to keep my wrists from injury though so I'll keep running them...FWIW
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Old 07-17-2015   #7
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No expert but I hate them. Oar feathering is a real added power bonus and it is also advantageous in the wind as well. My oars barely leave the water on my big boat. They feel like handcuffs to me. That said, a lot of folks I run with use them
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Old 07-17-2015   #8
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Oar rights

Don't use them generally, but it's just personal preference, probably because that's how I learned to row. I love feathering my oars, even underwater sometimes just for fun..

I do think about using them sometimes when running a small cat in the IV-V stuff when a single missed stroke can be a problem. Still haven't made up my mind.

People get way too twisted up over this stuff. Give me a boat and I'll run it.
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Old 07-17-2015   #9
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Sorry, I probably shouldn't have used the word "expert". Please feel free to participate anyway. I know that beginners will nearly always use rights so there is no need to include beginners in the poll. The basis of my question is to find out if rights are supposed to be for beginners only and if I'm supposed to reach a point where I don't like them or don't need them. As I said in the orig post, I'm so comfortable with them that I don't see myself getting rid of them.
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