what size oars should be used with a 14 foot aluminum rowboat

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what size oars should I use for a 14 foot aluminum rowboat

-- mark ives (marki76@hotmail.com), October 30, 2004



Without a better decription it's hard to suggest the proper length of oars for your boat. I'm guessing that your boat is not a true rowing craft but, rather, some type of outboard utility. If it has a wide transom with a motor pad it almost certainly is. Boats of that type are usually fitted with six to seven foot oars. Longer oars get in the way when running under power.



-- Andre de Bardelaben (middlepath@aol.com), October 31, 2004.

the standard way to calculate proper oar size depends on the span between the oarlocks, rather than length. here's how it goes:

measure the distance between the oarlocks. divide by 2, then add 2 inches. take this number, multply by 25, divide by 7, and that's your approximate answer in inches.

for example, if a boat is 48 inches between the oarlocks, then the proper size is: 48/2=24+2=26. 26x25=650/7= approx. 93. That's 7 feet, 9 inches. thus, either 7-1/2 or 8 foot oars should work well.

performance rowers with a rowing shell may do it differently, but this formula works well for most rowing craft.

-- steve paskey (paskey@earthlink.net), November 01, 2004.

Dear Mark,

I generally agree with every statement made by the previous respondent, but I would like to add this. If your boat is indeed an outboard utility, no oars, no matter how good, are going to turn your craft into a satisfying rowing craft. Good quality oars are expensive. If you are seriously interested in rowing perhaps you should consider applying those funds towards a real purpose built rowing craft.



-- Andre de Bardelaben (middlepath@aol.com), November 01, 2004.

8' oars are about the longest that are reasonable priced. Buy a good pair of 8 footers from Shaw and Tenney and you won't go wrong. When you outgrow the aluminum skiff and move on to a better rowing boat you can take them with you.


-- Jon Aborn (joneaborn@aol.com), November 01, 2004.

Alumacraft reccommends a 7.5 to 8 foot oar for my 14.5 ft boat which has a 68 inch beam. Another formular is one half the beam times three plus 6 inches. Both seem to work fine.

-- Andy K (kingfish@intercom.net), January 13, 2005.

What size oars did you end up getting and how did they work out? I'm in the same boat (almost - 14' Smokercraft Voyager). I think I might get a pair of 8'-6" spruce oars.

-- Chris Burkart (chrisb@isp.com), February 20, 2005.

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