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Old 06-13-2010   #1
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DIY Internal Oar Counterbalance

Over the years, I've recieved a lot of help and great beta from this forum, so as this is my first post, I thought I should get my karma in line and throw out a good project for anyone who's interested.

I've attached directions for DIY internal oar counterbalances that you can install in Cataract or Carlisle shafts. They're easy, cheap (~$10/oar) and beat banging your knees with the external type weights. My friends and I have been doing this for several seasons, and they seem to hold up perfectly. It's a wallet-light way to upgrade standard oars.

Hope this is interesting/helpful. Happy boating!

BTW, if anyone has an alternative method that they've used, I'd be psyched to learn. No pride in this particular method, it just happens to work.
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Old 06-13-2010   #2
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Thanks for sharing the info. I had to put extensions on my oars to make them fit my boat which added quite a bit of weight to them, so I'm going to give this a try and see if it helps. Someday I'll stop being so cheap and get new oars. Someday...
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Old 06-13-2010   #3
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Nice work! Interesting method

Counterbalanced oars are sweet for long lazy floats (i.e. fishing) but can be cumbersome and slow for bigger water. If you want the diversity of removable counterbalances without paying $70 each for the cataract sleeves try propeller shaft zinc anodes.
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Old 05-28-2011   #4
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That's A LOT of wire.
Cataract sleeves are $70 for the pair.
There's gotta be an easier way to add 4lbs to the end of the oars.
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Old 06-15-2011   #5
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How about using a propeller shaft zinc anode? Not bad, an external removable counter weight for about $10.

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Old 06-15-2011   #6
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d batteries duct tape and silicone,

seriously though, you could use a steel, stainless steel or aluminum rod.

metal distributors sell it hollow or in this case solid rod up to 3" thick, get it in 11/2" 0r 1-1/4" solid bar stock, cut a 3" peice and add a little duct tape, silicone or glue and a broom handle.
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