My first thread here. I've recently acquired a Super Duper Puma with a custom frame. I took it out for the first time and was disappointed in a couple things with my rowing setup. Here are a few of the pertinent detail about my setup... let me know if I am missing something.
I'm using standard bronze oarlocks with the 3" shank. 8 1/2' Carlisle HD oars with rights and stops. My seat is not overly large nor raised, and is as far back as I can comfortably reach with my legs. I'm 6'3" and have pretty long legs and I don't want to bruise my knees up trying to get the blades out of the water!
1st: I can't seem to get my oars over my knees. I bang my knees with my oars with each stroke.
2nd: I need counterbalances for my oars. My poor wife also tried to row my setup and barely could get the oars out of water after a 1/2 and hour. She is short 5'3" and still was hitting her knees too.
As far as counter balances go, is there anything other than the Cataract sleeves with nylon screws that I should be thinking of? They seem to be an elegant and easily movable/adjustable option.
About the oar height, I understand from geometry that I could either lower my seat, raise my oarlocks, or shorten my oars to help with the clearance over my knees. I feel I've already addressed the seat height issues, in that I can hardly go much lower to my frame unless I just sit on a plywood sheet (not comfy). My seat is also already as far back as I can comfortably go. So my knees are not at a 90 degree angle or anything close.
I don't want to shorten my oars as I like the power of the 8 1/2" oars I have. Nor do I think that 6" shorter is going to make enough of a difference. So I am on to raising my oarlocks.
I have a custom frame, so no help with an NRS tower or similair item. I would need to cut and re-weld on new towers onto my frame. This is an option I am considering, but would need to find someone to do it since I can't weld
What to you guys think about getting a longer oarlock? With a 5" shank, and using a nylon bushing to raise my oarlock an 1" above the tower. I've played with this option in the back yard and it gives me all the clearance I need with no other modifications. Am I going to bend the heck out of the oarlock? I run mostly Class III and IV water. I see setups with pins and clips with spacers raising the height of the oars. I have even rowed one of those setups a few times and never felt that there was a issue with bending the oarlock.
Does anyone have experience trying to raise the oarlocks this way, and what issues did you have? What about other ways to get more clearance for the legs?