I've got three 9.5' cataract oars but I need 8.5' oars for my raft. Is it possible to cut the 9.5' oars to 8.5' and drill a hole for the blade to lock in? Anyone have experience working with composites? Slow speed or high speed drilling for the hole? Power or hand saw on the shaft?
I had a set reworked at the factory in Salt Lake (Advanced Composites). The handle cut is a 4 inch minimum. They sell a kit with new handles and glue. The counter balanced handles are a nice upgrade that I also chose to put in while they were being worked on.