Originally Posted by Villainista
Water proof grease. Like what use to go in MTB hubs. Boating is dirty never going to change that. Like the oar right with the nut on bottom. that stupid ring/ pin is the weakest point in a key piece of your set up.
Only if you use unthreaded oar locks which I have given up forever. I previously ran unthreaded oar locks and combined with the DRE tower you need to use a smaller split ring to ensure that the lock can rotate freely.
Fast forward to a flip on the grand and my (unthreaded) oar lock pushes the split ring THROUGH the oar tower and away goes my oar lock.
After that, I swapped them our for threaded and will only use those.
This is probably not as much an issue with other oar towers that you can use a larger more substantial keeper ring but I would NEVER run unthreaded oar locks on a DRE tower in "flip-able" conditions.