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Old 10-05-2017   #1
 
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Oar length - Mini-max or Storm

I've got a new to me mini max on the way that I need to gear up. Cascade has a sale on cataract oars right now so I'd like to pick some up from them quickly, but I'm not positive on the length. I haven't been able to measure the boat yet, but I'm thinking the frame will be about 48 inches wide. I'm 5'8" and will sit on a high back tractor seat, possibly mounted up a few inches on top of a dry box, but more likely just straight to the crossbar. With the row frame I'll mostly be day tripping class II-III, with some occasional overnight use and bigger water.
I've done some thread searching and it looks like people lean towards 8 footers, but 8.5 might also be good. I remember briefly glancing at a lengthier discussion, but I can't seem to find that thread. Looking for suggestions, specifically why to go with one over the other. Recommendations from Storm boaters also appreciated.

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I have a Mini Me which is the same width as the Max. I am using a 48" NRS frame with tractor seat on the crossbar. I am also 5-8. Am currently using 8' Carlisle oars. I may eventually upgrade the oar quality, but the length is perfect for me. Doesn't take any extra leverage to move a mini boat and I am in a lot of tight channels on small rivers with it. Longer oars would create balance issues, too. A longer spare oar would also be a hazard on my boat, but not so much on the Max. My buddy with a Max, who lives on the Roaring Fork, is using 8 footers too. On the other hand, the guys who prefer 8.5's have their reasons.
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I have a Mini Me which is the same width as the Max. I am using a 48" NRS frame with tractor seat on the crossbar. I am also 5-8. Am currently using 8' Carlisle oars. I may eventually upgrade the oar quality, but the length is perfect for me. Doesn't take any extra leverage to move a mini boat and I am in a lot of tight channels on small rivers with it. Longer oars would create balance issues, too. A longer spare oar would also be a hazard on my boat, but not so much on the Max. My buddy with a Max, who lives on the Roaring Fork, is using 8 footers too. On the other hand, the guys who prefer 8.5's have their reasons.
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I run 8' cataract shafts with sawyer blades on my max. The sawyer blades add a couple inches over cataract or Carlisle blades, putting the total length @ around 8'3. My spares are 8.5's with Carlisle blades, so by swapping around the blades I can run lengths from 8' to 8'9 depending on the run without extensions or any extra equipment. I like this setup personally for the versatility aspect, but I do run 2 breakdown spares to avoid having to use different sized oars in the unlikely event I snap a cataract.
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I run 8' Sawyer Polecat oars with magnum blades on my Mini Max, and I love that length. I've used them in Browns Canyon all the way down to Valley Bridge on my 3 bay mini overnight frame that is 49" wide. No issues at all.
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I build that package with 8' oars.
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They gotta make those 8 footers for something...right?
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I use 8 footers on my mini max. I would encourage getting taller oar towers with the mini.
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Any tall folks want to weigh in? I bought a minimax last year and likely going to get a frame and oars this year. I'm 6'5 and get away with 8.5' oars on my 14' when water drops in browns so I was thinking possibly 7.5' for my minimax. Thoughts from those of us that don't fit in airplane seats?
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denali1322 one thing you might want to try is... get 8' Sawyer polecat oars and try them. If too long then take the handle out. Cut off 3" and try. If you need more the do another 3". I have a friend that customized his 10'
polecats this way. Sawyer is the only oar you can do this easily. JUST A THOUGHT
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