Oar Locks

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  1. Dirteater
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    Dirteater Senior Member

    Good day to all,

    as many of you know I have built my dory row boat and am enjoying it an lot.
    I was of course thinking about "tholes" but I would still like to explore my oar lock options. I hoping you can suggest different types of Oar locks (with pics) that you feel are the best.

    I think what I would like the most is an oar lock that is permanently attached to the oars.

    thanks again,

    DE.
     
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  3. Dirteater
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    thanks Hoyte,

    thats kinda of what I'm thinking about.
    the problem I have with my current or locks occurs when my hands get sweat'n and I start to loose my grip. I'm thinking locking oar locks would keep the oars in the proper position. any thoughts?
     
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    Very few. :p
     
  5. Dirteater
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    I for one would beg to differ :p
     
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    How tight are you gripping the oars? Are the hand-grip areas varnished or otherwise slippery?
     
  7. Dirteater
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    Good point DC,
    funny, that hadn't really occurred to me :eek:, they are indeed varnished.
    it makes sense that, it isn't and issue when my hands are dry, and of course as my hands sweat.. I have to grip harder.

    now there's a thought! molded grips?:idea:
    and that would also make for good oar position as well.
    ie: equal paddle orientation. (which is also what I'm after)
    sorry... running off a bit here.

    but your right, I should consider the "Grip"
    a better surface on the oar handles,
    or perhaps gloves of some kind.

    I believe these oar are a light varnished oak.

    I do have to apologise a little, because I have sort of ask this question before.
    I now know that my oar are ment for Tholes as Battan noted,
    but I've decided I would rather have something a little more tight.

    below I was still learning about my oars.
    so now I am looking at the "lock" (perhaps modern) options if you will?
    below is that former link and it does have pics of the oars. they are certainly different, and I felt a very nice gift.
    http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/wo...ation/locking-oar-locks-set-up-row-39423.html
    thanks DC
     
  8. tunnels

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    Go visit you local bike shop and get some of those black foam hand grips and fit them to your oars !!
    No mater how sweaty your hands get they never get slippery !! and theyre soft to hold on to !! :D

    10 SECONDS ON THE NET REVEALED THIS http://www.grabongrips.com/motorcycle.php BUT CHECK AND SEE WHAT ELSE THEY GOT
     
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    Remove the varnish from the grips. Sanding may be the simpliest method.

    Being able to feather the oars can be very nice when rowing into a stiff breeze. Remember that you don't have to feather all the time.
     
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    Agreed, wood the grips.
     
  11. Dirteater
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    thanks again DC,

    I think thats a good place to start, sanding the handles and getting down to some wood. That along with locking oar locks will probably be better than the Horseshoe type I am currently using.

    again my thanks to everyone for you advise.
    DE
     
  12. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    Oar locks are called 'rowlocks' and pronounced rollocks and not bollocks which can sound similar.

    If talking to 'say' a woman this needs careful attention for instance: have you seen my rollocks'

    A slap in the face can be a surprise.
     
  13. Dirteater
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    and if one perhaps, shall we "say" would like to "test the water"
    you could say... " I meant rowlocks!" :D
     
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    Or you might suggest a little "rollicking".
     

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    rolĀ·lickĀ·ing (rl-kng)
    adj.
    Carefree and high-spirited; boisterous: a rollicking celebration.

    and I didn't think that was a word!
    shame on me! :D
     
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