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Old 01-17-2009   #1
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Laminate wooden oars

I bought the Gulls from the swap, really sweet 10 foot laminate oars. I'm looking for my second spare. A little Googling turned up the Caviness BLD laminate oar. It claims to be the strongest in the world and is comparable in material, weight, and shape to the Gulls.

Anyone have any experience with these? They seem to be pretty inexpensive, so I thought I'd seek the opinion of the masses before buying one.

Thoughts? Experiences? Dirty jokes?

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Never used 'em.
I've used some Gulls that were great oars, and some that split at the lamination - pretty irksome for the price. Not sure how to look into if the Caviness will de-laminate, but that's about the only thing that can go wrong with that type of oar.
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I'm looking for wood oars and am seriously considering either Barkley Sound or Gull. There's an oar thread on the WoodenBoat forum, and here's a quote:

"I've rowed with both Shaw and Tenney, as well as the Barkley Sound. S&T are really nice, but no way could I spend that amount of cash on oars. The Barkley Sound are solid, well balanced, at an affordable price. You do get what you pay for in this case. Don't touch the Caviness oars unless you need to club an attacking animal."
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Thanks Chip. I may need that club for Bears on Deso.
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