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Old 10-24-2011   #1
 
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Oarlock Sleeves?

New member on this board, but have been reading up for a few weeks on all of the great info. Definitley a lot of seasoned river runners and awesome rigs around here.

Anyway, onto my question. I bought a 'new to me' cataraft back in the spring of this year. It's a whitewater fabrications frame that's about 10 years old with a new set of jacks plastic weld 1019 tubes. Pretty sweet platform. It's in great shape except for the squeeky oarlocks.

I've tried to clean and lube the oarlocks with white lithium grease and then bees wax. While it does resolve the issue, it's only temporary. There are some sleeves (plastic?) in the that oar locks slide into before the are mounted in the oar stands that I think may be contributing to the issue. Problem is, I have no idea where to get some replacements to try.

The sleeves are 5/8" OD and 1/2" ID.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-24-2011   #2
 
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Oarlock bushings

Check with Sotar. The bushings should fit tight in the frame
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Old 10-24-2011   #3
 
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Those are Cobra oarlocks from Sawyer Paddle and Oars. Contact them and they will be able to help you out.
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Old 10-25-2011   #4
 
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Thanks for the quick reply. I called up SOTAR and placed an order for some standard oar lock sleeves. Hopefully these with a tiny bit of white lithium will result in smooth and quite oars.

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White lithium or any other kind of grease or oil will turn black and nasty with the brass. The best lubricant for oarlocks is, hands down, Dr. Bronners soap! A little bit every few days on the water will keep smooth and quiet and not get black greasy stuff all over you! Those are called "Delrin Sleeves" made or sold by Sawyer BTW and the Sawyer Cobra usually has a 5/8" shaft, Ive never seen a cobra with a 1/2" shaft. Best of luck!
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I just double checked the oar stands on the ID of where the sleeves would go and got 5/8s. The oar lock shaft OD measured at 1/2". Hopefully the sleeves I ordered will work lol.
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Aha! Those are the "Mini-Cobra Oarlocks" hence the 1/2" shaft! I wasn't aware that those were available! Sounds like you got the right stuff! Try the Bronners and you will like it!
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Yup thanks - I'll have to get a hold of some.
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Trader joes is about half the cost of rei. Plus its good camp soap. I need to try this i'm sick of grease marks on my tubes
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PS.... The soap works GREAT even in muddy water. We get "locked" oar locks back for repair from Ceiba and Moenkopi that have had sunscreen and greases used on them, mixed with the brass and silt, it's a very bad combo!
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