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Old 09-21-2018   #1
 
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Oar locks with longer shafts?

Well, I am officially tired of the the height of my oar locks on my low side aluminum drift boat being too low. An extra 1.5 " of height would be nice. Does anyone know of oar locks with longer shafts on them beside Regal? Or can extensions be welded onto my existing oar locks. Suggestions appreciated. Even homemade/DIY versions.

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Old 09-21-2018   #2
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It is likely easier/cheaper to modify your boat than to try and extend an aluminum or brass shaft.

https://www.pavatimarine.com/product...ati-oar-locks/

I found these with a quick google search but they are a bit spendy at $250 a pair. They give 2" of rise and are a painless way to get what you want.

Does the same thing as the much cheaper Regal's but look nicer than the bushings/spacers.
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I did not find those. $250 wow but look beefy. I found some at Ducktrap but they are $180. What is your idea for modifying the boat. My sockets are set into the gunwale between two pieces of aluminium.
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While not your traditional oar locks I run pro-loks. I think they where originally designed for drift boats, but have caught on with the whitewater boaters. They do give you that extra bit of elevation. Oar Locks
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I'd advocate adding to your oar block on the boat rather than making a taller oarlock. A taller oarlock will have the force from your oar much higher than the socket/pin and could cause binding if you don't keep it well lubed.

Got pics?
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Either of these solutions will require you enlisting the help of a local welding shop....



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I did not find those. $250 wow but look beefy.

I would think you could have a local welding shop fabricate those for you...you can do the polishing yourself to save some $$


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What is your idea for modifying the boat. My sockets are set into the gunwale between two pieces of aluminium.



Here's a solution on a wooden boat:



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Take the pic to a local welder and have them quote raising your oarlock block on your aluminum boat.




Or here are some taller bronze oarlocks:

Regal Sporting Technologies Oar Locks
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Could your oars be too long or are you not able to get enough vertical travel? I had some nrs superstons on my drift boat and couldn't push the oar handle down low enough to lift the blade high enough. I bought a set of sawyer cobra oar locks and they are great.
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fwit - looked at sawyer the other day, they have long shank cobras 5" long. vs the normal 3 3/4. ymmv
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Sorry SBTM, but I cannot get the images to work from wooden boat.


I will check out the 5" cobras. I am looking for a quick fix. My hands hit my thighs quite often trying to get the oar blades high enough out of the water. It fits my son just fine, but would be nice to just pull the locks, add a shim and start rowing. I would like a more permant fix, so this Winter might mean a trip to the welder.
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Iíve been considering the adjustable oar towers from Artisan. Anybody have experience with adjustable oar towers
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