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Old 02-21-2011   #1
 
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Oar buoyancy

I know the counterbalanced oars will sink and I'm pretty sure carlise oars will sink once water gets inside the shaft. Not sure if this is the case with any shaft/oar not constructed of wood

Question has anyone considered some sort of neoprene float that will keep an oar buoyant under all conditions? I'm thinking an outer sleeve with maybe Velcro.

If such a thing existed for a reasonable price, what would that price have to be to be marketable ??

Thoughts ??

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I like Sawyer oars with wood handles/blades. They float pretty well. Not sure if you want to start adding things to the outside of your oars...more things that can fail and get in the way. Some sort of oar leash works well also.
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I think some carlisles come with corks to keep them from filling with water. You could always stuff some foam or great stuff in them, or leashes, or just dont F-up
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Inexpensive wood oars do exist. They may not be as durable as Smokers, but they float and have a natural counter balance considering the taper in the shaft.
I second the idea that adding a sleeve is not ideal, keep your equipment as simple as possible.
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I know the counterbalanced oars will sink and I'm pretty sure carlise oars will sink once water gets inside the shaft. Not sure if this is the case with any shaft/oar not constructed of wood

Question has anyone considered some sort of neoprene float that will keep an oar buoyant under all conditions? I'm thinking an outer sleeve with maybe Velcro.

If such a thing existed for a reasonable price, what would that price have to be to be marketable ??

Thoughts ??
Oar tethers.
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I know the counterbalanced oars will sink and I'm pretty sure carlise oars will sink once water gets inside the shaft. Not sure if this is the case with any shaft/oar not constructed of wood

Question has anyone considered some sort of neoprene float that will keep an oar buoyant under all conditions? I'm thinking an outer sleeve with maybe Velcro.

If such a thing existed for a reasonable price, what would that price have to be to be marketable ??

Thoughts ??
Am I missing something? What's wrong with oar tethers? I've gotten myself into some real crappy situations where there was a TON of pressure pulling on an oar that popped out but my tethers have never failed. Just a loop strap on the oar stand and 2' cam strap on the oar shaft. $8 tops per oar.
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Use them But I've had someone fall out of a boat before and somehow broke the spare oar tether
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You can pull the corks out of hollow shafts and insert foam pipe insulation, then replace the corks. Doesn't add much weight.
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Use them But I've had someone fall out of a boat before and somehow broke the spare oar tether
What? Spare oar tether? What are you talking about?

Tether your oars, make sure each passenger wears a sharp knife, and you'll be fine. Stupid floaty contraptions are not a substitute.
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Or you can run wood oars with rope wraps and donuts. I'm in love with Gull Oars, made in New Zealand. Way cheaper than Smokers or composites, and I love the feel of the bare wood grips. Best place to find 'em are big city marine suppliers like Seattle Marine.
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