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Old 04-02-2019   #1
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Thicker cord wrap for narrower oars?

I have an older pair of Smokers that would need 7mm cord to accommodate cobra oarlocks. Does anyone have experience with using thicker cord for wrapping oars?

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Never done it but I don't see why you couldn't. The standard is 3/16 braided so you could step it up to 1/4". Bigger than that you might get a little mushy and have a hard time feathering when the rope is under tension. You may be able to stretch the hell out of 5/16 and not get too much mush using cobras. Bigger than that and I would think you'd get mush for sure.

You can also "tune" your cobras to work with your existing diameter.

If you don't already have cobras, the other thing you could do is order some of jamesthomas gimbal locks for the same price as cobras and then your smaller diameter oars would be fine. They are smooth as silk and give you range of motion the cobras only wish they could.
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7mm is pretty much climbing rope size. I hesitate to even guess what that would perform like in different oar locks…

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Have you considered using normal sized rope and "tuning" your oarlocks tighter?
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In my little cat i run 7.5' mini mags, they are smaller dia than normal. I just sleeved the oar with 18" sections heat shrink till i got a normal oar OD...then wrapped them.
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if they are the only oars you plan to use in these oar locks bust out the mallet and c clamps and close the cobras to fit your oars.
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