Thanks to all who suggested
the spar urethane treatment for my aged SGG's - wife and I finished them up this weekend, 7 coats each. They did need some sanding, but they're mostly smooth and look great now.
At the annual spring boating equipment sale at our friendly retailer (in Arvada, for all you CO Front Range types), we picked up some new cataract oar handles, the ones with the thumb notch. I suppose there's only so many ways you can improve an oar handle, but hey, maybe this thumb notch idea is extra swell.
After the sticks dried this afternoon, I took my spare, cut off the old handle, sanded off the old glue, and slipped the new handle on.
WTF ??? It's too short.
Tried another. That was too short also.
Go out to NRS, have a look. They sell the standard handles and the thumb notch ones. Hey, look
The Indexed Grips have 1/8" thick walls and have an internal length of 6".
The Standard Grips have 1/16" thick walls and have an internal length of 6 1/2".
The notched ones are a half inch shorter.
My question is....who thought this was a good idea ???
And no, I'm not going to lob a half an inch off my handle to fit a $5 handle replacement. I'll just order the standard ones and bye-bye thumb notch.
Hardly knew ya....