Originally Posted by orto11
I don't know guys, that whole contraption smells like death trap to me for whitewater use. This will be interesting
I can see a driftboater using that stuff, too much mechanism to go haywire when it gets bent or sheared off to replace on the river. I assume if you flip and get recirculated the oars fly around and beat the hell out of you and your boat and bend stuff, or would they break free?
They look like they would come in handy for snaring beaver!
First of all, remove the metal cable (aka: rabbit snare). It's a drift boat thing and you could lose a digit in a whitewater flip
It's not a lot of mechanism. There is a collar (that feels greasy to the touch) that glides down your oar shaft. Not much to fail there
The second thing is the pivots, which apply slight force on the collar but under extreme force (like smacking something that's gonna smash your oar), the rounded screw head will pop out of the countersunk dimple and your oar will release. I'm no ME (but I am an EE) so I understand basically the mechanics although I don't actually know the limits.
I'm pretty sure the collar will release before the screw bends. Maybe Dan has documented video of the results of this test. I'dexpect he has popped at least 100 oars (or shaft like objects) and documented any deformation in the screws.
I'm sure if its an issue he will certainly know from spider and I complaining on the buzz. I'm pretty sure from watching posted spider video that spider wears a helmet on land
As far as the welding quality and the strength of materials, I would think that a Nrs or sawyer oar lock would shear off before the pro-lok would get damaged
Dan do you have a loaner program or a 30 day trial satisfaction guarantee you can offer?
My only concern, as a ww boater is in the sharpness of the clamp used in the stop collar. I think if the plastic on the collar was made a bit bigger and the clamp smaller and RECESSED that you would alleviate a lot of the concerns of the ww boater. You can't have sharp objects anywhere on your boat that can cause harm or damage when you get thrashed. Watch the maytag video on the recent threads you will see what you are up against
Then when you design a "ww specific" collar, get in touch with the likes of lhowemt and see if she would demo one if you sent it to her. She is a big proponent on the payette posilockers, which will NOT release under any condition until either something shears or you physically lift the boat off the obstruction
As far as field servicing, Dan you need to offer a ww repair kit or option to purchase three.
Btw the screw clamp design will ABSOLUTELY NOT work for the spare oar. Nobody will allow their boat to be gouged by that mechanism
Btw I have a selway trip coming up which will be my first test of the pro-loks in a situation where I can't just pack out and hitchhike if they fail. I'll be contacting you to purchase a third lock and collars for my spares. Please work on that new WW ready collar for my spares!!!!