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I need some oar sleeves for a quick day trip. Don't have a boat shop close, and no time to drive. Any thoughts on what sort of homemade diy options I could MacGyver with at home materials? I was thinking of using some rubber I had left from vibration isolation and duct tape, or maybe use some pvc pipe and slip it on and duct tape. It's flat water for one day. What say you?
 

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Bicycle tubes make a good oar to frame attachment that still has some maneuverability. Criss cross them around the oar tower/frame and the oar until it has the tension you need and just tie the ends in a square knot. Take a spare in case you miss judge and one snaps.
 

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What's wrong with rope wrap or webbing wrap????

150' of solid braid 3/16" nylon from the hardware store will give you an 18" wrap.
 

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What's wrong with rope wrap or webbing wrap????

150' of solid braid 3/16" nylon from the hardware store will give you an 18" wrap.
I was thinking quick and temporary. Maybe rope and webbing with duct tape. Doing right has to wait until after the weekend
 

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The duct tape will probably start disintegrating almost immediately. I wrapped mine with 3/16 poly and then epoxied the ends to keep it from fraying or loosening.

Took less than half an hour per shaft and I am now something like 60 days in and expect them to go another several years. Easy to do in the kitchen with the shaft over the back of a couple of chairs and I didn't even get to beer #2 before I was finished.

Permanent doesn't have to mean slow and fast doesn't mean temporary.
 

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The duct tape will probably start disintegrating almost immediately. I wrapped mine with 3/16 poly and then epoxied the ends to keep it from fraying or loosening.

Took less than half an hour per shaft and I am now something like 60 days in and expect them to go another several years. Easy to do in the kitchen with the shaft over the back of a couple of chairs and I didn't even get to beer #2 before I was finished.

Permanent doesn't have to mean slow and fast doesn't mean temporary.
Make a serving mallet and your wraps will be even tighter.

It doesn't have to be as fancy as this one
Shoeless Musings: Serving you the perfect oar wrap!

I had hand-wrapped oars forever, but I'm super impressed by how tight (and firm) my wraps have been since making a small mallet.

This was white nylon with wood stain applied after wrapping:
 

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Make a serving mallet and your wraps will be even tighter.

It doesn't have to be as fancy as this one
Shoeless Musings: Serving you the perfect oar wrap!

I had hand-wrapped oars forever, but I'm super impressed by how tight (and firm) my wraps have been since making a small mallet.

This was white nylon with wood stain applied after wrapping:
I've used that exact serving mallet. He has been a good friend for years (I actually served as the officiant for his wedding) and lives down the street from me. He has lofted plans for a modified Briggs dory that I am seriously considering building.
 

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Now that I think about it, you might have posted that last year....but I can't believe he went into so much effort on his serving mallet to then use yellow polypro!

Yes, you need a dory. What was the question?
 

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Now that I think about it, you might have posted that last year....but I can't believe he went into so much effort on his serving mallet to then use yellow polypro!

Yes, you need a dory. What was the question?
His new oars use a step up from polypro, but honestly, the polypro is super durable. The exotic wood used for the mallet was a left over chunk from another project. It's real pretty and sits on a shelf in his living room.

Dory? To self-bail or not?
 

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I've just seen polypro get really brittle and splintery with UV exposure...but I guess if they're only out when in use, it would be a pretty bomber wrap.

Go self-bailing for sure if you want to use it in whitewater. Mine's self-bailing except for the passenger footwells.
 

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Now that I think about it, you might have posted that last year....
You did post this quote last year in my DIY Square top oar thread. Thank you for that!


Shoeless Musings: Oars

This is a buddy of mine and I have rowed his oars. They feel very nice. We are going to make a set for me once we get his international scout out of my garage...
And a post from 2016, you have a mutual friend:
Shoeless Musings: Search results for oar wrap

This guy has mad skills across the gamut, and does a great job with his blog. Seems doable.
 

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MT4Runner thanks for sharing your wrap mallet and the way you did it I've always wrapped my own oars and I need to replace the wraps on my runners. This will be much easier. By the way I used a sledge to pull the tail through originally.
Cheers
 

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MontanaLaz;748889 Dory? To self-bail or not?[/QUOTE said:
Both my Dories self bail, Bears Ears has a pump that drains the entire boat, front and rear footwells too, Ashkii, my newest little boat drains the oarsman's footwell. If you don't make it bailing the first go around, you'll be modifying it later !
 

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Not my original idea.

It’s a centuries-old seamanship technique

Thank that blogger friend of the others for the modern redux. 🙂
 
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