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Two Piece Oars
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 17 2006
Get the two-piece shafts with removable blades. Here's why:
1. They break down to fit in small aircraft.
2. If you bend a component, you can replace it.
The length of the shafts is a function of the tube diameter of the boat, and the height of your rowing station, which includes your oar stands and oarsman's seat. Go with the reccommendations of the raft shop on this; they're making your frame and will know what you need. If you're still not sure, you can purchase 1' extenders for the Carlisle oar shafts. In that case, get the nine-footers and add the extenders later if you need them. I did. The Carlisle breakdowns are plenty strong, and their blades slice through the water on entry, unlike the splash you get with thicker blades.
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