Oar Length

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Chef, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Chef

    Chef New Member

    How do you know where to set the oar length at to properly oar?
  2. Slipstream

    Slipstream Active Member

    I prefer to row with my hands about about 6 inches apart, for easy water. But when I need to really dig in and power row on some technical water, I want to extend my hands out to about shoulder width apart or farther (for increased leverage). Sit in the boat (this can be done on the trailer or ground) and set the oar stops so you can row with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. There should be enough wraps of rope on the shaft that the wraps will extend past the oar locks when your hands are real close together. Once on the water you can see how that works and adjust from there. Set it up so everything is comfortable for you. The purpose of the oar stops are to keep the oar from sliding through the oarlock when you let go of the oar, not for rowing. SS