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For a 14 or 15 foot wave destroyer with a 66" wide frame what is a good oar (shaft) length. The formula I've used says 8.5' I've heard some say just go with 10 for leverage but I'm thinking 9 or maybe 9.5' is probably more appropriate - thoughts?
 

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Go 8.5. I just bought 9' oars and they are too long. 8'6" is perfect. And that is for my 14' WD 66" frame. The 9' feel heavy and dont meet the 1/3 in 2/3 out rule. Cant imagine running 10'ers
 

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I ran my Maravia 14 X 22 Cat with 9 foot oars, and my 14X24 Cat with 9.5 foot oars. Both with a 66 inch NRS frame. I ran my 12 foot Hyside raft with a 54 inch NRS frame with 8.5 foot oars. My current Sotar 14 foot raft has the 66 inch NRS frame and I'm using the 9.5 oars. I'd go at least 9 foot. I hate short oars. I was able to angle the NRS oar towers slightly to get my oar balance perfect. No matter what I did, I could never get it right with shorter oars.
 

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9-9.5' foot for sure. I think 9.5 might be better if you are running the 15'er with a load but either will work.

I have two 66" frames and use 9' (cat) and 9.5' (14' raft) but could interchange easily.
 

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Thanks for the input everyone - I was actually looking at Cataract shafts with the Sawyer Duramax blades for oars and I noticed like you said they are 3" longer than other blades @ 7" x 30" which like you said would make for a 9'3" oar which is nice because the cataract 9' shafts are cheaper than the 9.5' shafts. Just curious which Sawyer Duramax blade to buy to work with Cataract shafts - is it the 1 5/8" or 1 3/4" ???? Thanks
 

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Nice frame Spider...who made it?
Mttodd built it. It was for his wife but it fits my short legs well. I sold my spider to a buddy on the MFS and used it to buy todds tubes, then ended up buying the frame as well. So far I've only used it on the bitterroot once. We are going to build a convertible module for it that will work for fishing, extra rider or cargo and sleep deck
 
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