Have any of you who own or owed a WaterMaster boat ever creatively modified the oar locks? The system it comes with sucks but I don't see any way around them. Thoughts?
Thanks! I'll give this one a go. Much appreciatedI don't like the pin-through-oar system system either but it seems to be the standard set up for small personal rafts/pontoons. Having the oars locked into one vertical position is bad enough, but to have to drill any new oars you buy to upgrade is a worse offense.
To take care of the second problem, I used the Pin Clips from NRS: https://www.nrs.com/product/1420/oar-pins-and-clips-sets.
Just clamp the clips onto your perferred oars, and slip the pin sleeves onto the raft's existing pins. The Clips than "clip" onto the sleeved oars. You can then adjust the placement of the oars by simply move the clamps/clip. The downside is the oars are still held in one specific orientation (though you can select the angle you want).
Mine won't stop squeaking. Both sides! Super annoying. Completely agree on your WM expectations. It's a good little boat for what it is but the oar system is completely wonky.I've never found the WM oarlocks to be a problem, other than the right side one squeaks occasionally. But I don't expect my WM to be everything that a 12 or 14' raft with separate rowing frame and standard oarlocks is.
I agree but considering I upgraded from a Cumberland float tube about 6 months, it's bearable.Mine won't stop squeaking. Both sides! Super annoying. Completely agree on your WM expectations. It's a good little boat for what it is but the oar system is completely wonky.
I used pure silicone spray. Worked for me with no oily residue. I looked it up and found it was compatible with pvc and other plastics.Nothing yet. Was going to wax the contact points up a bit next time i take it out. Any suggestions?