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Old 02-13-2014   #21
sandy, Utah
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I had 9's on my raft thought they were fine. tried some 10's and was amazed at the power they added to my stroke.

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Old 02-13-2014   #22
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Depends on the river

I would say there is a range of values that satisfy the length for a 14 foot raft, anywhere from 8 feet (which would only be good in tighter canyons and on light boats) to 11 feet ( which would work best on big water and a loaded down 14 footer, and I mean loaded down, 11 feet would be huge on a 14 foot boat). On smaller, tighter rivers 9 foot would be good.

I really like having the purchase power of 10 footers.

Ultimately, it has less to do with oar length, and more to do with oar control.

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Old 02-14-2014   #23
East MT, WestMT, Both sides of the Yellowstone
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11 footers are way too big, I mocked them up on my buddys boat and they look silly. 9' for normal rivers 9.5' to 10 depending on how big of river and how much flatwater but remember in bigger water that longer oar doesn't have the right 1/3 in 2/3 out ratio will throw you around if it gets funky on you in some big waves.

All but one of the 14 foot boats that I boat with run 9'. The other is 9.5 and that's on a 14.5 boat. If your going to run 11' you'd better get some counter balanced oars....seriously lots of good oar threads.
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Old 02-14-2014   #24
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60" frame? Run 8.5 or 9
66" frame? Run 9 or 9.5
72" frame? Run 10 or 11

Err on the high side especially if you go with cataracts. They are easy to cut down. I may have even posted a thread on how to do it

Spider. Counterbalance is for pussies.

Are you still running proloks? Did you space them off your towers? Did you use bushings or metal on metal?

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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