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Old 03-12-2013   #1
 
Columbia Falls, Montana
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Oars stuck in oarlocks!

First of all, I'm running NRS superston and NRS atomic oarlocks on NRS 8" towers. Cataract oars with plastic sleeve with stopper and rubber stopper. Multiple times my oars on the sleeved part have wedged into the opening on my oar locks. When this happens they are hella stuck. One time after sticking and removing the oar shaft snapped right where it had previously stuck. I changed over to my brand new set of oarlocks and had the same stuck problem on the next slot/rapid. Anybody else have this problem? Would a rope wrap help?

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You need to "tune" your oarlocks. Take them out of the towers, smash the horns a little closer together with a hammer or rock. There are other threads describing this and Cobra locks come with instructions showing this.
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Got it, Thanks
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Old 03-12-2013   #4
 
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You might be able to tune the superstons but you wont be able to tune the atomics, they are way too hard and brittle. At what angle are the oars are getting stuck? Do you have any pictures, this seems unusual?
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You might be able to tune the superstons but you wont be able to tune the atomics, they are way too hard and brittle. At what angle are the oars are getting stuck? Do you have any pictures, this seems unusual?

Yeh, this is a weird one!
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Old 03-12-2013   #6
 
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The oarshafts generally stick in a horizontal position when waves and pillows are high around the raft i.e. steep holes and ledge drops. Happened 3 times on a upper middle fork of the flathead float.
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I second the "tuning". I run on a lot of different set ups as a commercial guide and I always check the lock gap before I leave the beach and periodically throughout trips. I have found this to be greatly reduced with Cobras. I am also curious if you are running springs as I think this reduces the shock load that jams the shaft into the gap.
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Old 03-12-2013   #8
 
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stuck oar in oarlock

Weird- I was certain I was the only person that this had happened to. So here's what I know- oarlock not tuned- in combination with very worn sleeve- you are asking for trouble. Running borrowed equipment on lower wenatchee- jammed solid- I had paddlers- but still was not able to get it out- finally had to remove frame- put it on asphalt- then jump on the frame to get it to move
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Old 03-12-2013   #9
 
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That happened to me going into Unkar in the Grand Canyon. The blade was perfectly horizontal so the oar was useless. Rowing Unkar with one oar was really exciting. Switched to cobras right after the trip was done.
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I'm not running springs but I will add them. Glad to hear it's not just me that has this problem. I don't want this to happen on my upcoming GC trip.
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