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Old 09-03-2016   #1
 
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Oar length RMR 13 footer?

I'm putting together my RMR 13 foot rig. I have a DRE frame on order. Someone gave me a set of 9 foot Carlisle oars.

Are these too long, or will they work to get started?

I live in the southeastern U.S., so things can be a bit shallow. I'm thinking of using these for my beater oars and spares until I decide what to upgrade to for western trips.

Thoughts?

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I just did a build on a 13' RMR and 9' work just fine.
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I'm thinking I want a boat about that size too. I don't mean to hyjack, but would I be crazy to use my 11 footers that I already have from my 16' raft setup? I'm thinking yes, but it sure would be nice to be able to use them on another raft setup instead of spending $3-700 on another set of oars.

I've read people using anything from 7 foot all the way to 10 foot pretty happily, so it sounds like its personal preference and a fairly wide range would work.
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If they are actual 9 foot Carlisle oars then they should be a very good start lengthwise for your boat. I have a 10.5 foot boat and use 8 foot Carlisle oars
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Oar length RMR 13 footer?

Thanks for the info. No worries on hijacking the thread.

They are 9', I measured them. My only experience rowing is a 15.5' SOTAR rig on the Rogue this summer, no idea of oar length. My Carlise oars will make good learning and spare oars as I get more proficient.

Thanks again for the feedback.


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Ya those 9' oars should be good for your 13' raft spack171.
Electric mayhem, those 11' oars would be to long on a 13' raft, for me even 10' would be longer then I would want, and I even tend to run longer oars.
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11' seems crazy long for that boat --- but all personal preference.


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I've rowed my rig a few times with the 9' oars and they work well.

However, I wonder if 8.5 foot oars might be better for some of the tighter more technical run in the southern US without losing leverage for bigger water.

Thoughts? Perhaps I'm splitting hairs.


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Yes 8.5 or 8 would suit you better back east. I have rowed a few tight rivers, cheoah, upper yough, rivers of this type. You can cut those oars down pretty easy. Most carlilse can have 6 inches cut off the blade end without running into the double tube. Then you can cut the handle end as well.
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I had a 13 ft raft and ran 8.5 oars for a season. went up to 9 footers and it was much more responsive imo. 8.5 footers were way too short for my 14.5 ft raft. used the 9 footers and they were ok. bought some used 9.5 foot oars and they were perfect imo.
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