Info about OARS

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The oars we use are 7.5ft long, w/ spoon blades. Here are sources to look at:

Grapeview Point Seattle            Shaw & Tenny  E. Coast

Fisheries Seattle                        Barkley Sound BC

Doryman article                         2PC oar discussion

Concept 2  (Vermont)                Croker Oars (AU & USA) The Macon blade

Angus oars and kits (need to reduce to 7.5ft)

NRS Oars, shafts and blades        USED OARS from ROWABLE CLASSICS

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A series of personal oars. 7.5ft carbon spoon blades. The set on the right is the result of our attempt to create a kit. The results were great but not a practical production for us.

Testing shaft flexibility.                                    Checking oar height.

oars built circa 1988 still in use 2016

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Economy oars, 7ft, unfinished, straight blade oars.

Caviness also carried a 2 part oar (7ft) model 100J, and, the BWL-SU for a slightly nicer 7ft 6” oar.  I do not see spoon blade oars by Caviness.

Find out how one builder improved economy oars HERE (PDF)
About our oars kit attempt...

Oars need collars (or stops) to keep the oarlocks from sliding off the oars. Hopefully your oars came with collars that work with the large Gaco oarlocks and are adjustable.

The collars should be adjusted to fit the boat, so that when rowing the oar handles almost touch each other on the centerline of the boat.

The collars should be adjusted to fit the forward oarlocks because they are closer together. Measuring  from the outboard edge of the collars to the inboard tip of the oar handle, 22 1/4” should work fine.

The collars shown were made from contact cementing a long length of 3/4” webbing around (and around) the oar.

This is not the easiest thing to do and hopefully you have oars with collars that work well. The diameter of the collars shown is not large enough, as the collars can get wedged in the oarlock, restricting rotation.

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