Originally Posted by elkhaven
Have you taken your oar locks out in a while? If so have you looked inside this system? I assume that it is two delrin bushings inserted into Al tubing (one from above, one from below) then the bolt on oarlock holds it lightly in place. As B4Otter noted, I've heard delrin touted as being "self lubricating" as well. I suspect this is the meat of their "zero tolerance, self lubricating bushing system". I may simply add a delrin washer underneath my current set up to eliminate all metal on metal contact.
Sawyer sells delrin bushings for about $6 a piece...
Elkhorn , I think that delrin would probably be the quick fix to your setup, I think that chafe on the back of your sl for the rear seat is awesome by the way.
I had the oarlock out after around the 5th trip on my boat, we had some filthy boats so I pressure washed them and hit the oarlock with the pressure washer so hard it was zinging. I took it out to see if it was full of water and to see if I melted anything
The Oarlock doesn't hold the bushing in ,it is was firmly seated in the tower and it looked like a top and bottom sealing surface internally. The oarlock was bone dry inside and there was no normal patina like you get on brass shafts so far. After that I put it back together and didn't fuss with it anymore. I think the zero tolerance name comes from no play in the lock. these things don't have any play, up ,down, or side to side but spin freely like there is no friction. The bushing is stamped (VICTREX) on the edge?
I will probably re inspect after this season to see what they look like inside.