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Old 04-20-2015   #11
south lake tahoe, California
Paddling Since: 1974
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Originally Posted by FlyingDutchman View Post
7-ply plywood 1/2" thick. $20 for a 2'x4' sheet. Makes 6 blades that are ~8" wide 24" long. Cut the corners, sand some edges....a little polyurethane.(multiple coats over a couple days)..done. 6 blades for $30 dollars in materials. 20 minutes in store. Less than 3 hours labor. ....Bang off rocks all day with these blades....wedge 'em in the sand for the sun shade...

My oars shafts are homemade from aluminum polls repurposed from old civil defense stretchers I found in a fallout shelter...comparable to Carlisle shafts in thickness, gauge and flex/rebound...I wrap the shafts with black gorilla duct tape to prevent scratches. The tape also lets the shafts slide just right on the oar lock (bare aluminum and brass too little friction). Blades held in place with two bolts hex bolts.

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Old 04-21-2015   #12
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Diy carbon fiber shaft and blades are a real possibility. There's a guy at cheatfest that makes cf single and double blade paddles, I think he's from Morgantown or Fairmont. He showed me a set of oars he made for a client, they were stiff, and light with lots of rebound.

Nice homebrew Dutchman!

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Old 04-21-2015   #13
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Nice work Dutchman. Those are exactly what I'm talking about. I'm also thinking of some other materials. Carbon seems a little expensive to me. Interested in any and all ideas. Thanks to those who have already posted. At this point I'm very interested in using broken oar blade parts for building due to them fitting into a standard oar shaft easily.

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