Oar length

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Danielocean, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    What are the advantages and disadvantages to different length oars. The market that I am in supplies either 7foot oars or 6ft. I do not know if I should be worrying about oar length or not.
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Daniel, size matters. Your boat size, seat height above water, shoulder height, oarlock height, boat width and oarlock to oarlock distance all influence the decision and alter the oar shaft angle, blade contact and position in the water and handle placement.

    http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/oarlength.asp

    Read that NRS page and see if it starts shedding some light.
  3. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    Thanks Ed that is a good read, and I now have things crystal clear.