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Old 04-29-2017   #1
 
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Do my oars have a counter balance

So I have new to me 9' Sawyer oars ..how can one tell if the oars I have a counter weight in them. I just bought them and was told they were weighted..
Humm so should I be able to figure it out by a balance test...if so how? Where would you assume there mid point of balance to be.

I guess I could take the blade off and stick a broom handle in shaft...but then what would I expect to run into ...where>
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Is the handle heavy as hell where it meets the shaft? If so, they're counterbalanced. This should be pretty easy to tell as counterbalanced Sawyers have a serious piece of iron in the handles.
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Is the handle heavy as hell where it meets the shaft? If so, they're counterbalanced. This should be pretty easy to tell as counterbalanced Sawyers have a serious piece of iron in the handles.
Yes they feel pretty heavy....so how will this translate into an easier lift??
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Read this and you'll have a good idea how counterbalance works.

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I don't think Archimedes was a boater but he had a good handle on this stuff.
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I have 10' Cataract oars that have an internal counterbalance. It makes all the difference in the total effort needed to get the oar out of the water. I'm a little guy, and in my 50's, so this extra helping hand is much appreciated. LOVE the counterbalanced oars. Makes rowing my 156d much easier......
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