Modification Carlisle Blade?
For some time I have been noticing that any oar tether I use tends to catch at the neck of my carlisle oars, where the shaft meets the blade. Rings, loop straps. Every damn thing, really. I've sort of tolerated it until now, but twice this weekend I couldn't get an oar back into the yoke because the tether was binding at the neck of the blade, and it sort of mattered a whole lot both times. My first thought was to fix the problem by cutting the tether and throwing the damn oar in the river, but....I'm sort of cheap, and have about twelve damn carlisle oars for three boats. Surely most Carlisle owners have encountered this problem? Anybody have a quick modification? My best thought so far is to take a foam swimming pool noodle, slip about 3" over the neck of the paddle, and go large with duct tape or gorilla tape or something. Any other thoughts?