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Re: Oar Leathers
Posted by Bob Santore on Jun 22, 2007
I did not use the CLC kit, just bought a piece of leather and some waxed twine. I had read that tacks can weaken the oar, and others have vehemently denied that this is a problem. In the end, I just decided I liked the look of stitched leathers better.
I did the soak/stretch method and it's pretty tight. No real issue with it slipping.
A leather button is helpful, but still not fat enough to keep the oar from sliding through the rings. I further added a turks head not on top of that, and that works ok. The reason this was important to me is so that I can quickly let go of the oars on occasion (like when I'm fishing) and not have the dang things slide out into the water.
I have not further secured the oar into the boat, but I will add (someday) a means of making the oar lock not come out of the socket. I did once bump an oar and had it fall out, requiring me to comically paddle canoe-style with the other oar until I could fetch it. Comedy and boats may be an unavoidable marriage, but even so it's good to at least have brand new things to laugh at.
Hope that helps!
In Response to: Oar Leathers by Ron Paro on Jun 21, 2007