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Old 03-30-2014   #1
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Extra oar? ... location?

I'm kind of in the home stretch of putting my raft together, an older 14' Hyside, NRS frame components set up for front and back fisherman. I'll be dodging boulders and rocks in SW Montana so I assume I should carry an extra oar. My question is: one piece, two piece, three piece? Where is it stowed: strapped to the side, or to a cross member, or what?

The flat section of the side tubes is only six feet long, and I think I'm making "running boards" similar to NRS Side Rail Rack boards, and somehow attached to the running boards will be rod tubes - and also on one side will be anchor line rigging. Sounds like it's getting to be a lot of stuff running front to back with the boards, rod tubes, and extra oar - if it goes there. Any suggestions? Thanks.

My old Hyde drift boat had a three piece bungee corded to the bottom of the middle seat box.

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Old 03-30-2014   #2
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Wherever you decide to put it, make sure it's super accessible. When you need it, you REALLY need it.

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Old 03-31-2014   #3
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I was thinking that, too. Hoping for more responses, just wondering what others do, if anything. I didn't think the topic of carrying an extra oar or not was that far out, or boring.
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Old 03-31-2014   #4
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Get another one just like the other two IMO. Strap it to one side or the other so you can get to it in a hurry.

I usually run the handle through one of the frame straps, then strap the blade end to the frame where it's easily accessible to the rower. If you need it, you pop the one strap and slide the handle out of the other. Pop it into the oar lock and you're ready to go.

Lots of different ways to do it, pick one that works for you. Just be sue you have one at all times.
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Old 03-31-2014   #5
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There are lots of ways to do this but most are simply variations on the same theme. Strap a whole oar (preferably and exact match) to the outside of your boat so that it's easy to get to if you need it. Every rafting store sells spare oar keepers of either of two basic types. One type uses two quickrelease buckels to release the oar, the other uses one and some sort of ring or rope: Undo the blade end and slide the handle end out and your good to go. Boilermakers version is similar to the latter type just using a strap vs. fancier quick release buckle. That's exactly what I've done for years. I made a pair of actual keepers (ring on the handle end and brass, horse panic clip on the blade end) and plan on using those this year. (for noe real reason, I've just been meaning to do this for at least a decade)

Two piece spares (ore more) are nice for conserving space and cleaning up the side of your boat. Driftboats use them as storing a whole oar in a DB is really not very practical and most are not truly rowed in big water (not talking WW dory here). But in reality they won't do you anygood in a true emergency (like breaking your oar in the midst of a bolder garden). You simply won't have time to assemble it and all or your attention will be focused on keeping the boat in some pseudo safe alignment for what ever is coming. If you do go that route put it where your passangers can get and assemble the pieces...

I've always had two spares, especially on over nighters, because you just never know what might happen, plus I hang with inherantly underprepared people...
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It hasn't been mentioned in the responses above but you also want to keep the oar relatively loose against the side of the boat so if it hits a rock there's room for it to move around. If it's drawn up tight to the frame it could snap.
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Old 03-31-2014   #7
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Don't overthink this.
Hang it on the side, from your frame on straps. As others have said, you want it loose enough to get it fast, and so it can move if you hit something with it, but not so loose you find it hanging from a strap in the water, ready to float away all the time.

If you mount in on the frame inside your oar tower you will quickly discover that it will BITE whatever body part it comes in contact with, and it will always be IN THE WAY.
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Old 03-31-2014   #8
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Don't overthink this.
this is just pure crazy talk here in the rafting gear section.

billn,give a look at the rafting porn thread for visuals....

Raft Porn Needed -Let's see them rigs!!!

some cheap but good spare oar attachments and various idiot strings/leashes for your oars so you don't have to dig out your spare in the first place. unless you just blow up your entire oar which is rare vs. it just popping out.

Boating Straps | Secure Your Load | Seattle, Washington

or nrs quick release jobber...
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Blade in back with tight strap. Handle in front with loose strap. Undo the back strap next to the seat, pull, and it's in my hands.
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Old 04-01-2014   #10
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Thank you, great info spelling it out, just what I needed, and the pics too.


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