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Old 1 Week Ago   #311
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Got a pair of hand wash stations built. $22 for 2 fuel pumps/tubing, $12 for 3 bendy tubes, $1 per hose clamp. $18/ea with some free frosting buckets
Looks great, especially for how little $ you spent, did your flexible coolant pipe leak at the joints like mine?

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This is still one of my favorite posts, to see all the skill, talent and ideas put together for all the river gear, by boaters on MB, it's amazing.
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Square top cataracts?

This idea may be stupid, and I'm not sure i can recommend repeating this unless you hate your money and your time. But there's a pandemic and I had an idea and this is what I came up with.

The idea is to replace my counter balance weights with something made of wood, hopefully the wood still floats even though it adds weight.

I won't get into my process unless someone asks, because I'm NOT a woodworker, but I do have some tools and some ideas and I eventually get somewhere near what I need.

Basically it's laminated oak 1x3, in two pieces, that I'll strap onto the oar using hose clamps.

I still need to seal the wood and finalize how they are attached to the oars but this is the concept and it's lining up mostly how I wanted it.

Each weight is a little less than 3 pounds and I made 2.Click image for larger version

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I actually like this idea. (sincerely) But make them long and skinny like square tops. It would add weight (though how much I dont know) and would add flotation to my counterweighted oars! Seems silly but when I throw my Cataract oars overboard they wave goodbye as they sink. floating blades-check, floating EXTRA counterweights (??!!??) check??? Are we putting a hat on a hat? IDK. Ive been known to do that before. How much are Square Tops again?
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Very creative! I would use fir because it is less dense and would give more flotation with a given amount of weight and I would use screws to attach the two halves which would get rid of the sharp screw clamps.
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How much are Square Tops again?
Not that much more then a nice pair of counterbalanced composite oars with nice blades. Worthy every penny IMHO.
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I actually like this idea. (sincerely) But make them long and skinny like square tops. It would add weight (though how much I dont know) and would add flotation to my counterweighted oars! Seems silly but when I throw my Cataract oars overboard they wave goodbye as they sink. floating blades-check, floating EXTRA counterweights (??!!??) check??? Are we putting a hat on a hat? IDK. Ive been known to do that before. How much are Square Tops again?
I'm not sure of the price but I know square tops are out of my budget. I also don't love the idea that if I snap the blade the entire oar is done.

Longer and skinnier would be ideal but I went this way to reduce waste of wood to keep the cost down.
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Very creative! I would use fir because it is less dense and would give more flotation with a given amount of weight and I would use screws to attach the two halves which would get rid of the sharp screw clamps.
I might try another set made from fir... I went with oak because I wanted something hard and durable, but fir is cheaper near me.

And I'm coming from the metal cataract sleeve weights, so having any flotation at all should keep the oar floating instead of the metal anchors that were on the oars before.

Also, I've notched the wood so the sharp parts of the hose clamps are not protruding.
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Not that much more then a nice pair of counterbalanced composite oars with nice blades. Worthy every penny IMHO.
True but I already have many oars and blades that are perfectly functional that I don't want to get rid of.
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I like it. I only worry about those hose clamps. With pins and clips we tape over those hose clamps, it be ashame to tape over the wood.
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