NRS 6" oar towers - seem short, bumping knees on return stroke
I took a NRS Bighorn I frame out on a small boat (12" Hyside) this weekend. The 6" oar towers seem really low for the seat height - the oars barely clear the water on the return stroke, even after rotating the oar towers in slightly to raise the oarlocks (just so the oarlocks are perpendicular to the water surface). I moved the foot bar forward so my legs are straighter and my knees lower. This helped a little but it still seems really odd that with this widely-used configuration the oars can't be raised out very far of the water on the return stroke. That seems like it could cause trouble in big water.
Is this normal for the Bighorn I / NRS oar frame geometry?
Does anyone know of a problem with having the oarlocks perpendicular to the water instead of angled out slightly?
Any suggestions (other than buying the 8" oar towers)?
Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse