Oarlocks on top of side airboxes

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by hospadar, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. hospadar
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    hospadar Junior Member

    I'm building a little rowboat and I'm wondering how to position the oarlock sockets.

    It's a rectangular boat with 4" wide side airboxes for floatation. I'll probably be use bolger thole-pin-style oarlocks (i.e. bolts with a string tied around them), but I'll still be running the bolts through traditional oarlock sockets just in case I want to switch back to oarlocks at some point.

    Question I have is: it seems like if I just plop the oarlock sockets in the middle of the airbox the oars will rub on the gunnels quite a bit. I was imagining bolting perhaps a foot long section of maybe 1.5" x 1.5" wood (maybe white oak with the corners rounded down) to the top of the airbox and installing the socket into that to lift the socket up off the airbox a bit and give some clearance for the oars.

    Anyone ever done anything like this?

    Here's the boat as of yesterday. It's upside-down, you're looking at the bow right before the bow transom got installed. This is gust to give a feel for the size of the airboxes. The boat is 12' x 4' overall.

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    Apologies for the HUGE picture, that's just what I've got.
     
  2. gonzo
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  3. hospadar
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    hospadar Junior Member

    Ahh!
    Exactly what I was looking for - thanks gonzo.

    I think a little chunk of white oak will do the trick.
     

  4. hospadar
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    hospadar Junior Member

    PS
    I love that tiny little square boat on the right side of the picture.
     
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