Originally Posted by skywalker07
So I've got standard plastic sheathed aluminum shaft Carlisle oars. I don't like oar-rights and currently have the plastic clamp on donuts. I'm not into how short the plastic sleeves are and have always preferred rowing rope-wrapped oars. I have only ever seen rope wraps on wooden and composite Cataract oars. Has anybody out there ever put rope wraps on Carlisles? How did it work out? Though I would like the experience of learning to wrap as I have never done it myself, I am kind of thinking I should just pay the money and buy a pair of rope wrapped Cataract oars. I like those shafts better anyway. But then I am a cheapskate dirtbag boater so...
Sounds like polishing a turd to me but as Jgrebe says, it can be done.
The benefits of composite oars are real in my opinion, I'd just upgrade when you have the money. Relegate the carlisles for spares or gift them to some up-and-comer. That's what I did with my last pair. FWIW sawyer sometimes has closeouts on miss matched stuff - usually $100 a shaft with wrap... check them out if you decide to upgrade. I bought a pair last year and couldn't be happier.