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Old 03-16-2017   #1
 
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Rope Wrap on Oars? Why?

Ive never had rope wrapped oars but a lot of people out there seem to have them. Whats the advantage? To me it seems like it is just an old time way of protecting the shaft. So, why wouldn't you just use the plastic molded sleeve? Am I missing something?

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I notice more friction in the oar locks. I don't need oar rights with the rope wrap. The fisherman seem to like them because they are quiet too
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If plastic satisfies, go for it...
Bees' wax (my preferred) or paraffin sticks to rope wraps - not to plastic.
YMMV. If you're rowing plastic sleeves, likely you're rowing Carlisles. And therefore a lot younger than I am...
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I like the friction of rope wrap. Without oar wrights, it gives me full motion for feathering, but does not inadvertently slip like plastic.
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Quieter, smoother and softer feel. Use a set of rope wrapped wrapped oars and you will want some.
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Rope Wrap on Oars? Why?

pick up a pair of square tops from a sawyer rope wrap included. Feel the difference you'll never go back


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So, why wouldn't you just use the plastic molded sleeve? Am I missing something?
Everyone has their preference and will tell you why they are better. I've rowed Carlilse's, Cats, and Sawyers (as many buzzards have) and for me personally I like Cats with a rope wrap. After rowing Carlilses for years I found the plastic sleeve to be too short for the way I like to row. I don't use oar rights because I like to feather my oar strokes and I run my oar stops closer to the the handle so I have to pull them in just a bit to get to a proper oar stroke position. So my oars tend 'float' in the oar lock when I am rowing. My rowing style found the plastic sleeves too short for this and I was popping oars more often than I cared for.

For me the rope wrap was about function. Much better suited for my style of rowing than the sleeve. My 2 cents FWIW.
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1) Noise Pollution: If ya want to sneak up on the critters, dump the plastic. When the plastic sleeves slap the lock and it bounces off the canyon walls....ya-all think it was 5th Ave in Manhatten , 2) Plastic outgasses and potentially destroys the ozone layer 3) A purest would make it from hemp and smoke the byproduct as well as the old one when re-wrapping. 4) They wont let you into heaven with plastic sleeves.....5) Increased friction and better positioning with rope wraps 6) you cannot be cool without rope wraps ...7) improves your chances of winning the lottery.....if by chance that's your retirement vehicle cost $7 rope opposed to $50 for a set of three....with respect to item 7)
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Besides all the great feedback above, rope also protects the oar shafts from oarlocks which can tend to tear them up where not covered, and the plastic sleeves are pretty short. Sawyer uses 24" length and occasionally will do 30" wraps for a lot of guides who like to stand and row, as this tends to pull the shaft upward beyond normal rope zone. The other thing that I have found is that while rope is typically used for oarlocks, if you ever decide to use pins & clips, the clip can attached right on top of the rope making the oar more versatile.

Ps-not all rope is created equal, best stuff that I have found is what Sawyer uses. And yes, I am partial to Sawyer!

Hope this helps!
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Besides all the great feedback above, rope also protects the oar shafts from oarlocks which can tend to tear them up where not covered, and the plastic sleeves are pretty short. Sawyer uses 24" length and occasionally will do 30" wraps for a lot of guides who like to stand and row, as this tends to pull the shaft upward beyond normal rope zone. The other thing that I have found is that while rope is typically used for oarlocks, if you ever decide to use pins & clips, the clip can attached right on top of the rope making the oar more versatile.

Ps-not all rope is created equal, best stuff that I have found is what Sawyer uses. And yes, I am partial to Sawyer!

Hope this helps!
Aaron,

Do you know what Sawyer uses? If I were to try and wrap my own what kind of rope would you recommend?
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