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BOBM posted 05-26-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for BOBM   Send Email to BOBM  
I've have owned this boat since new, and have never known what the correct size oars are, any help?
JohnT posted 06-05-2001 12:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
Here's an excerpt from Jim Michalik's newsletter on building oars ( ):


How long?? That's a tuff one and I avoid it by saying on each set of my plans I show the oars I recommend for the boat. All knowing Phil Bolger said in his first book, "Generally speaking, a good deal less than twice the spread of the locks will serve, and I'd prefer to have oars a little short of the ideal than much too long." I like to use 7 foot oars on good rec rowboats like Roar2 or a light dory that tend to cruise at about 4 mph. Slower boats can use shorter oars. I use 6-1/2' oars on Piccup which will cruise at 3 or 3-1/2 mph even though it has more than 4' between the locks. Short oars work well on larger slower boats too, for example 7' oars are fine for Birdwatcher and AF4. They probably move at about 2-1/2 mph. The idea that the longer the oars the faster you will go is simply not true.

Anyway, I'm going to show drawings for 7' oars which are about the most useful length for me."

I made a set of these oars from the plans on the internet, and I like mine a great deal. If you're a cheapskate like me, who likes to build things, a set of oars is really fun to make and use. Using Bolger's recommendation, measure the beam at the oarlocks, then buy or make the nearest size that's still less than twice the spread of the oarlocks. I used this method, and it has worked well for me.

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