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Old 04-06-2017   #1
 
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Any tips on strightening a Carlisle oar?

I have an oar with a slight bend in it. Not sure how to bend it back?

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Once bent, aluminum doesn't straighten well. Never tried an oar but everything else I've ever had aluminum that bent, broke while trying to straighten it. I'd be wary of having a significantly weakened oar.
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It will crease if you wrench on it too much but it's bent anyway so might as well try. Find a couple of stout trees or fence posts about the right distance apart to use one as a brace and the other as the fulcrum. Stick it in and pull gently opposite the bend. I weigh over 200 and have successfully done it but you may need 2 people if you are any lighter. It probably does weaken the oar so maybe use it as your spare after that.
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I have an oar with a slight bend in it. Not sure how to bend it back?
Here's what you do: Take the oar, fold it all the way in half and throw it in the river. Then go get yourself a nice set of oars that aren't made of aluminum crap.
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Jam the end in between two rocks, and bend it straight again, take your time, a couple times pulling back on the shaft will straighten her out for you.
If you're rich, buy some sweet new oars, if you work for a living it will be fine, especially as a spare, as long as it is not cork screwed.
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Just row with the thing until it busts. Growing up we had shitty old Carlisles, they were bent. We just took a few strokes then feathered them around and took a few strokes. They would bend, straighten and bend again. Really taught you where your oar was positioned. Maybe thats why the old man stuck us with them. Guess I should thank him.
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Option 1. Insert the oar into a receiver hitch on a truck. Bend away.
Option 2. Wedge one end into a dumpster. Walk away.

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I've seen people on you tube bending aluminium pipe without a pipe bender, what they do is fill the tube with sand. May be worth a shot. May just end up being a spare.
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Take that money out of your child's college fund

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Here's what you do: Take the oar, fold it all the way in half and throw it in the river. Then go get yourself a nice set of oars that aren't made of aluminum crap*.
*The product of a moron
Define your priorities....college for your child or.... a set of wood oars that are going to break, bend or warp anyway. Aluminum has the best benefit to cost ratio of any material on the market....Doubleshadow...do you know what a ratio is?
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If it is just a slight now put that oar on the side where back strokes will tend to straighten it. If it is a heavy bend, straighten it out using the tree, rock, fence post, trailer hitch methods aforementioned. Then use oar on the side that will continue to straighten.
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