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Old 07-25-2018   #1
 
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Large oar stops

I have custom oars that are 2 1/2" wide at the rope wrap. The "large" plastic screw down stops are too small. Can't find any rubber donuts 2" or larger. Can anyone direct me?

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Stretch the hell out of a 2" rubber donut or go for a leather oar collar like the whitewater dories use.

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Oh, and Sawyer's oars are 2.3" at the rope wraps. I am pretty sure they use the standard 2" donuts. You might call them and see if they'll sell you one of theirs if they are larger.


I'm sure they also have to stretch the hell out of their donuts, especially on the square tops.

Lube the shaft and donut with dish soap, or maybe try a big plywood board to ram it on. This is a great photo of the late Frank Harrington of Frank's Custom Oars in Oregon using a plywood bumper and some sort of collar to get the donut over the shaft/handle bump. (The cigarette might be helpful; I don't know as I don't smoke!)


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I had the same problem after re wrapping some ash oars from the '80s. Had a friend machine the center of the Large plastic stops to match the larger diameter.
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I get the donut to the edge of the rope wrap then 'roll' it down. It's not easy and it can be a bit painful, but you can get about 2-3" per 'roll' then fine tune by sliding it when its close to where it should land.
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Another option will work if you can't roll the 2" rubber stop. I purchased some older Smoker oars that had homemade stops on them. The previous owner tacked on the end of about 3' of 1" webbing onto the oar at the right spot and rolled it around the oar to build up a collar about1' thick, similar to the O.D. of a rubber stopper. The whole thing was held tight with a hose clamp. They worked well, but offered no adjustment.
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I had the same problem after re wrapping some ash oars from the '80s. Had a friend machine the center of the Large plastic stops to match the larger diameter.
That's a great idea. You wouldn't even need to machine it. Could stuff a scrap of plywood in the center and use a hole saw to bore it out....or a dremel and a lot of patience....or freehand with an angle grinder...or use a hacksaw to cut relief cuts and a coarse half-round rasp to clean it up.
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