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Old 04-27-2014   #31
Jenks, Oklahoma
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NRS sells a set of oar tethers with rings on the oar shaft that allow it to be pulled in to the raft till the blade stops it.

I use them but have just used a section of parachute cord as well.

check em out online

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Old 04-27-2014   #32
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Got it, makes sense. Just haven't taken the time to look, but I will. Thank you.

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Old 04-28-2014   #33
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NRS rings can work against up shipping Carlisle oars

I have the NRS tethers too and have liked them though I'm somewhat new to rafting. I went down royal gorge a couple weeks ago and friend/gorge guide rowed Sunshine in my boat. She has a habit of quickly shipping oars by pulling them center inboard on some of the tighter moves. I usually ship forward on Browns but she likes keeping them in the water a second longer and pulling. An oar in to avoid a rock.

She was not used to my tethers and had a little trouble because the ring slid down to the Carlisle blades as the oar can in and then hung up on the lip where the blade meets the shaft (wooden oars and maybe others don't have that lip). So right when she needed that blade back in the water quickly, the ring caught on that lip preventing use of the oar. It was a quick disconcerting moment and nothing terrible happened. To make matters worse while trying rectify this mid Sunshine the tether strap went up over the oar lock, so it went from the frame, wrapped around the lock then down to the ring. That didn't really prevent the oar from working but she was fed up dealing with those tethers after that. She usually uses a bowline tied cord without rings and has not had that happen before.
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Old 04-28-2014   #34
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That can happen with simple cord tethers tied on too.
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Old 04-28-2014   #35
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The catch on bottom of the oar shaft by the tether ring does happen. Happened to me when I do the move made by the pro in Sunshine.

For me, the solution has been to tie a couple knots into the part of the tether that connects to the oar mount (this makes the tether shorter) and that stopped the problem happening for me.

May not work for every one but has worked great for me
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Old 04-28-2014   #36
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Why not use a loop strap? Not noisy like rings- can control how far it hangs with the cam buckle position.
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Old 04-28-2014   #37
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Originally Posted by Osseous View Post
Why not use a loop strap?
Entrapment potential for starters; Oar tethers - advice, do or don't?
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Old 05-05-2014   #38
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This entire project is a work in progress. The creators of the original design have heavy duty flat bungy retainers and the stainless plates they use at the oar lock have been cut on a water jet table. I use washers and cord for now and it works fine. A hose clamp holds the retainer on the oar shaft.
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