Standard Wooden Oars

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Product Description

These standard wooden rowing oars are excellent basic oars with flat blades made from three laminates of Ash and Fir. The oars are dipped in two coats of single-pack polyurethane varnish and sanded to 180-grit between coats.

Each pair of oars comes with plastic collars which can be installed by heating them in hot water and sliding them onto the oar shafts to the desired position. See below for detailed instructions.

These are metric length wooden oars and the imperial measurements are a close appoximation.

Available shaft lengths are:

Work out what oar length you need by multiplying the rowlock span (the beam of the boat where the rowlocks are positioned) by 1.5 and adding 6 inches. Add another few inches if you prefer to row with the handles overlapping. This is only a guideline, so round up or down according to preference.

The loom diameter is 44 mm and the outside diameter of the plastic collars tapers from 51 mm to 47 mm. The stop is 70 mm in diameter.

Installing the plastic collars on the oars

Warning: Care should be taken to avoid burns and scalds. You will need to wear suitable gloves when handling the hot oar collars.

As the collar cools, it will shrink and grip the loom tightly, so you'll need to move quickly to get it in position before it cools.

  1. Work out where you want the collars to end up on the looms and mark the position with a pencil. Note that the stop should be at the end closest to the oar handle.
  2. Find somewhere with enough room to stand the oar upright on firm ground.
  3. Place the collars in boiling water for at least five minutes to soften them.
  4. Add a little washing-up liquid to the water. Apply some water to the looms to help the collars to slide.
  5. Take the first collar out of the water and, making sure it is the right way round, slide it onto the loom without delay. Keep it moving till it is in position. The best way to do this is to stand the oar upright and slide the collar down the loom, with the blade braced against the ground.
  6. Repeat for the second oar.
  7. Wipe off excess water and allow the collars to cool before moving the oars.