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Old 03-25-2019   #1
 
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Carlisle blades wiggly

I got some Carlisle sticks as part of my poor boy boat package, the blades are a little more wiggly then I'd like. Has anyone experimented with wrapping the blade shafts in electrical tape or heat shrink etc to help snug things up?

Yes I know I can buy a nicer setup and one day I hope to but for now I'm living with aluminum with or without slop.

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Old 03-26-2019   #2
 
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Maybe try an aluminum can wrap as a shim. I’ve used them on bikes and such and they’re great. I suspect that would work great and is very adjustable.
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Old 03-26-2019   #3
 
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Yes, I've used hockey tape. Electrical tape would work fine.

Also like the aluminum can idea



Shrink wrap is probably too thick.
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Old 03-26-2019   #4
 
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The aluminum can shim is a good idea if you can get them in, which I doubt. Doesn't take much extra space to add a wobble. The metal takes a lot of space even though it's thin. Same with tape. Might just try a couple of self-tapping screws. I had an old pair that had oval button holes and just ended up epoxying them in. Getto solution but it works until you break a blade) but hey we're talking Carlisles
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You might try Reflectix Foil Tape. It is about .0035 of an inch and if that is a little too thick just go 1/2 way around the shaft. It would also stick and not slide around. If it does not work you can make some reflectix cozies with the leftover tape. I have a set of Carlisle oars and blades for my fishing dory I've rowed with for 31 years. They are not the best , but they get the job done
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Thanks everyone, I'll play with these and see what I figure out.

Scott, I was thinking the same thing after the aluminum can suggestions, I think foil tape is less prone to gooing making the blade difficult to move.
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Old 03-31-2019   #7
 
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I did two wraps of foil tape on the inside end of the oar shaft and one wrap on the end near the button, it took the wiggle away! In my test fits the tape started to scrape off where things are tightest so I'm not sure how long this will last but it's a good temp fix at a minimum, I'll leave my blades on as much as possible and I think this should last awhile.
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I wouldn't worry about goo or the tape scraping off....where's it going to go?
If you don't insert/remove your blades frequently, it's there until you remove it. Glad you checked in with your results.


Buddy of mine has Cataract shafts with a 1ft Carlisle extension. We used a strip of hockey tape to take out the wiggle. Glad it worked for you.
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