I have a friend who cut his Oar Rights down shorter. He pulls the oars out and turns them when he's not in a rapid so he can feather. In a rapid, he rolls them back into the locked position. I tried it once, but didn't care for it. All that feathering made my wrists sore. I did have some commercial guides who tried to get me away from my Oar Rights (Oar Wrongs they called them) but they were not successful. Maybe it's just what I've gotten used to over the years. They might be "wrong", but they're "right" for me.
"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb