Originally Posted by MT4Runner
I see no performance reason not to. heat shrink would definitely add a durable coverup to exposed itchy fiberglass.
If you use an oar sleeve, it would probably not fit. You'd need to leave the oar sleeve in place and do the heat shrink above/below it.
I like the look of the Cataract layup, and would clear finish them myself. Heat shrink would make Cataracts look like Carlisles.
Unfortunately, some Cataract ores have degraded beyond a clear finish fix and as you know can be dematologically a disaster waiting to happen. Three horrible instances I can think of. One was when a friends daughter was sitting on the side of his raft with the back of her legs rubbing on "bad" Cataract spare oars. A second was when a friend jumped in the river and pulled himself aboard pulling his entire front side over a 'bad' spare oars multiple times. And third when I was helping a friend rig his boat and I absent mindedly carried four 'bad' oars cradled in my forearms down to the river. I'm sure many people have their stories. Otherwise, these oars are fully functional.
I hadn't thought about the sleeve or rope wrap but that just turns each oar into a two step process as you say.
I think this shrink wrap would be much nicer than the 6 inch wide electrical tape I've used in the past.