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Old 07-13-2011   #1
 
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Oar Length for a 13' Fishing Raft??

I am putting together a fishing raft and need to know what length oars will be best for my rig. I have a 13' NRS E130 and a StreamTech fishing frame. I was thinking 8.5' oars. Chime in if you have any thoughts/ideas! Thanks.
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I have a 13' with 8's and it feels a little short. 8.5 sounds ideal.
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8.5 or 9. can't remember which i had with my 13' boat but it was one of those. for the new boat i looked to the NRS guide for oar length, and it's perfect for me (9' for a 14' boat best i remember).
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8.5 to 9' sounds right for a 13 footer, but oar length is really dictated by the distance between the oar locks on your frame. Measure the distance between oarlocks, divide in half, and multiply by 3 for total oar length. that should will give you a good starting point.

That said- that Stream tech frame looks pretty narrow for that boat (could be a camera angle?). I think those were designed for maravia spyders which are narrow, agile boats. You want the width of the frame to extend a couple inches past the centerline of each tube- on my E136 the frame rests on the outside of the chafer. you can see the part of the frame that hangs down to the sides of the rowers compartment don't seem to touch the tubes. That could be anywhere from a minor annoyance to an entrapment hazard, but it looks like a sign that the frame doesn't fit well.

Fit the frame to the boat, then you to the frame, then the oars/oar towers that are right for that combination. Otherwise you will be chasing around earlier mistakes and trying to row a 13' raft with ill-fitting frame, and short oars (designed for the smaller, narrower boat that your frame was meant to fit)

Make sure the frame fits right before you compound the problem (and investment) with short oars that fit the frame (rows ok, but frame can slip, can't fit full size coolers etc. and less than optimal power) or the longer, correct oars that fit the boat but rows like lead till you get the right frame.

Maybe i'm not seeing the frame right, and all this is gibberish...Gotta go pack for the Ark this weekend...
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Not sure why everyone talks about the length of their boat instead of width of their towers (and height being another main factor), but probably 8.5-9.5 depending on your tastes.
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That said- that Stream tech frame looks pretty narrow for that boat (could be a camera angle?). I think those were designed for maravia spyders which are narrow, agile boats. You want the width of the frame to extend a couple inches past the centerline of each tube
Good eye Piglet. The frame does not fit this boat perfectly. The frame rests just inside the centerline of the tubes. This is my first rig and I couldn't pass up the StreamTech frame ($200) and the almost new E130 ($1800). I rested the ST frame on a Super Puma and fit just about perfect. Unfortunately money is tight and I am going to have to make this work. Do you think the sizing/fit of this set up is going to cause me problems on the river or is it just going to create a minor performance sacrifice? Let me know - I would be interested to hear what you have to say. Thanks man.
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If you are just fishing you will probably be fine, get some cheap used oars and cut 'em down if necessary. On technical whitewater I would never run a frame shorter than center to center tube, and short oars while faster may not provide the necessary leverage to move your boat efficiently through rapids.
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the mismatch is limiting both item's abilities. It's like getting a steal of a deal on a bike that doesn't fit-eventually you realize it still sucks. Only this time you will have dropped another $2-300 on oars that you can't use either because they are too short for the width of your boat. you will likely have storage issues, weird rowing traits, not efficient at moving around the river, not have enough leverage to hold in one spot while a fisherman gets an extra cast in a hole, always rowing like a man possessed to make moves that should only take one stroke, slip your leg in a gap and get stuck/hurt/drown, etc. Maybe you get used to it, and it IS just a minor performance sacrifice. This is a tinkering hobby- people in this sport spend $$$ all the time for minor performance increases to create their perfect boats (carbon oars, blades, counterbalances, rigging minutia etc) this would be a bigger issue than those, and one you can't easily fix or upgrade when the annoyance becomes too great.

Since you got deals on both items, pick which one you like the best, and sell the other for more than you paid. if fishing is what you want, sell the boat, buy a Super Puma or similar, and have one of the slickest fishing setups out there. that frame was designed for a hard Aire or Maravia floor- its less than ideal to stand on a mushy, wet hypalon floor like the NRS. It will work, but I wouldn't guide clients like that. You would want to add floors if the frame stays in its present combination with the NRS. (you don't need all that for fishing but that's another topic...)

if you want to to do overnights and whitewater too, sell the frame and get a used NRS, Rowframe.com or make a frame from parts (cheapest) you can do any of the aforementioned easily with the $5-700 you might be able to get for the frame (with leftover for oars). then you will be able to customize your boat for what ever you want and take advantage of the NRS' width. BTW- the ladies prefer loungy spots instead of fishing seats and anchors.

As you say, money is tight and you have to make do, but I would rather make do with a correct frame, that maybe doesn't have an integrated anchor system/rear seat instead of a fancy frame that doesn't fit.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Guess I will just have to get out on the water and see for myself! I will report back my findings in a couple weeks once my busted leg gets a little better...
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What if oars are too long?

I have a Aire 130D. I made a frame and the oar locks are 66" apart. On a recommendation I bought 10 foot oars knowing they will more than likely be too long. I figure I can cut them down.(carlisles) So now I have more like a 1/4 in and 3/4 out rather than the 1/3-2/3. Will my only problem be a heavy oar? I'm getting it out this weekend to try it before I buy my third back up oar. Anything to watch out for?
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