Coat your wrap in marine varnish. A real varnish like Epiphanes. NOT Helmsman’s. Prevents abrasion and UV damage.
Use whatever you want. My point is that 3/16" paracord is easily a sourced. I've done plenty of oars with it. They all look great and have lasted. You have to wrap them tight, though, which you can't do by hand like that video shows. Use a serving mallet, then coat with varnish. Bomber."Most paracord is 3/16 just like what Sawyer sells. " Not true. "Most" paracord is 550 spec which means 550 lb rating or military spec cord , both of which are typically 4mm (about 5/32"). More importantly, Sawyer does not sell paracord, they sell 3/16 solid braid. The sheath cords on paracord are super thin and easy to wear through.
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^^The sheath cords on paracord are super thin and easy to wear through.
Wait, we're talking about those water pushy things still, right?^^
And if you wrap a "standard" (1 7/8" -2" dia) oar with 4mm paracord, you'll also get a pretty sloppy fit in the oarlocks. It's all a part of a system.
If you have a larger than standard oar shaft and a tight oarlock, I could see a case for using paracord or 1/8" dia solid braid.
Serious? If you don't like paracord, don't use it. I never said it was better, the best, or anything other than it will work. We're not talking about highly technological pieces of equipment here. You all have your panties in a bunch over rope. I've wrapped plenty of oars, including ones I've made. Most with paracord. All are still just fine. You want to use something else, go right on ahead." Hello Sir. Welcome to Jim's Hardware" " Hi I'd like some 3/16" paracord" " We don't carry 3/16" paracord. the standard is 4MM which is about 5/32". What are you using it for?" "I want to wrap some oars" " Well sir, all the commercial oar manufacturers use 3/16" solid braid, would you like some of that?" "No, paracord is pretty" Well Sir, I can sell you 4MM paracord or 3/16" solid braid, which do you prefer?" "3/16 paracord"