Originally Posted by MontanaLaz
The duct tape will probably start disintegrating almost immediately. I wrapped mine with 3/16 poly and then epoxied the ends to keep it from fraying or loosening.
Took less than half an hour per shaft and I am now something like 60 days in and expect them to go another several years. Easy to do in the kitchen with the shaft over the back of a couple of chairs and I didn't even get to beer #2 before I was finished.
Permanent doesn't have to mean slow and fast doesn't mean temporary.
Make a serving mallet and your wraps will be even tighter.
It doesn't have to be as fancy as this one
Shoeless Musings: Serving you the perfect oar wrap!
I had hand-wrapped oars forever, but I'm super impressed by how tight (and firm) my wraps have been since making a small mallet.
This was white nylon with wood stain applied after wrapping: