Length of Oars

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  1. Jim Paget

    Jim Paget Active Member

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    I picked up cheaply this past fall an 8' composite pram by Waylander. It measures 4'0" between the oar locks. What length oars should I be using?
     
  2. 6.5 to 7.5 would be my guess. Most 13-14 foot rafts runs 8-8.5 depending on rowers preference. If u find the oar are little long u try getting oar mounts riser like nrs and fine tune to ur liking
     
  3. Old406Kid

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    Assuming you plan on using it in stillwater, 6 1/2' would be adequate and certainly no more than 7'.
    I've only seen one Waylander Modulus on the water. If my memory serves me right it had good rocker
    front to back, some side to side and appeared to be fairly light so it should move easily.
    I have a 9' aluminum pram and one stroke moves it amazingly easy with either length.
    Hope this helps and enjoy your pram.
     
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    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    Oar length formula from West Marine would indicate 6.5 foot.

    BASIC RULE FOR SIZING:
    1/2 beam (distance between oarlocks) x 3 + 6" = oar length
     
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    Looks like I got lucky!:D