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Old 03-08-2015   #1
 
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14 or 15 wave destroyer, 66" frame - recommended oar length?

For a 14 or 15 foot wave destroyer with a 66" wide frame what is a good oar (shaft) length. The formula I've used says 8.5' I've heard some say just go with 10 for leverage but I'm thinking 9 or maybe 9.5' is probably more appropriate - thoughts?

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Go 8.5. I just bought 9' oars and they are too long. 8'6" is perfect. And that is for my 14' WD 66" frame. The 9' feel heavy and dont meet the 1/3 in 2/3 out rule. Cant imagine running 10'ers
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I ran my Maravia 14 X 22 Cat with 9 foot oars, and my 14X24 Cat with 9.5 foot oars. Both with a 66 inch NRS frame. I ran my 12 foot Hyside raft with a 54 inch NRS frame with 8.5 foot oars. My current Sotar 14 foot raft has the 66 inch NRS frame and I'm using the 9.5 oars. I'd go at least 9 foot. I hate short oars. I was able to angle the NRS oar towers slightly to get my oar balance perfect. No matter what I did, I could never get it right with shorter oars.
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9-9.5' foot for sure. I think 9.5 might be better if you are running the 15'er with a load but either will work.

I have two 66" frames and use 9' (cat) and 9.5' (14' raft) but could interchange easily.
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Cataract shaft/Sawyer blades make for a 9'3" option. Balances perfectly on my 14' Sotar cat.

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Thanks for the input everyone - I was actually looking at Cataract shafts with the Sawyer Duramax blades for oars and I noticed like you said they are 3" longer than other blades @ 7" x 30" which like you said would make for a 9'3" oar which is nice because the cataract 9' shafts are cheaper than the 9.5' shafts. Just curious which Sawyer Duramax blade to buy to work with Cataract shafts - is it the 1 5/8" or 1 3/4" ???? Thanks
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1 5/8"
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I run on 9.5 on my 14ft wave destroyer with 64 inch wide frame and love them.
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Old 03-11-2015   #9
 
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I run 9ft oars on my cats. Trying10ft this season for leverage. Will chop down to 9.5 if needed. Sawyer oars are the easiest to cut
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And for what it's worth I highly recommend the 14wd...
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