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Old 07-10-2014   #1
Helena, Montana
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Oar length for smaller boat?

Ok so here are the specs.
22" tubes
frame 59" wide where the towers mount
8" towers.
I'm 6'1"
standard NRS seat bar and NRS seat.

I would like to get the shortest oars I can go with for this WW set up.
I realize there is a lot more involved, but is there anyone similar sized with a similar set up, and what size oars do you use? Thanks

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Old 07-10-2014   #2
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so its a 54" nrs frame. I have 6" towers and 8 foot oars are perfect but with 8" towers you might go 8.5.

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Old 07-10-2014   #3
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I had a 12 ft. Hyside with a 54 inch NRS frame. I used 8.5 foot oars. I like longer oars in general. I had to use the 10 inch towers to get the right width for the longer oars.
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Old 07-11-2014   #4
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Just got a smaller boat. 13 footer with 60" wide NRS frame and 8" towers.
8.5 ft oars work okay, but wish I would've gotten 9 footers...
I do like longer oars though...
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Old 07-11-2014   #5
Great Falls, Montana
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I have a 12' boat with a 48" frame, 8" towers and I went with 8' oars thinking that would be plenty, but wish I would have gone 8.5'.
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Old 07-11-2014   #6
Jackson, Wyoming
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10.5' Hyside Minimax, 18" tubes, with 48" frame, 6" oar stands; 7.5 oars worked fine.
Then got 12' raft w/19" tubes; frame fit, but a tad narrow; tried 8" stands -- like it better with the 1 foot extenders (total = 8.5').
Recently got cat with 22.5" tubes and 60" frame -- ordered 9' oars (might have been smarter to borrow/rent 9' first, but...)

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