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oars and sermonette

Posted by Sandy 
oars and sermonette
April 23, 2001 04:41PM
Sandy: What length? Boat is 16'3" centerline, 6'-3" at the beam. Also, I have run a woodworking/construction business for 25 years. I've built all kinds of stuff from foundations poured on 8 feet of engineered fill to hand split tonkin cane flyrods, (and now this damned boat). I've made my mistakes, but have learned that EVERY time I try to cut a corner it comes back and bites me in the ass. Ask Jacob if he wants his scarfs to fail in the midst of yankee jim canyon, if not...
Be the boat, Pete
Re: oars and sermonette
April 23, 2001 06:26PM
What length oars: buy use or make 9'oars.

I have a pair of 9' ash oars and pair of 10' oars.
For the Honky Dory, I think 9' 6" would be ideal.
Trouble is you can't buy them.

I wish I had time to build oarlock outriggers for my
big boat (something like they have on a rowing scull)
so I could use the 10 oars. Actually I do use the ten foot
oars, and you can really make the boat fly with
that much oar. But the oarlock position is too far from the
end of a 10' oar, so too much weight is on the far side
of the oarlock, which means you have to push down on the
handles all day long.

I would buy 9' oars, or make your own nine and a half footers.

Re: oars and sermonette
April 23, 2001 06:38PM
In reply to "oars and sermonette ", posted by pete hoodes on April 23, 2001:
>Sandy: What length? Boat is 16'3" centerline, 6'-3" at the beam. Also, I have run a woodworking/construction business for 25 years. I've built all kinds of stuff from foundations poured on 8 feet of engineered fill to hand split tonkin cane flyrods, (and now this damned boat). I've made my mistakes, but have learned that EVERY time I try to cut a corner it comes back and bites me in the ass. Ask Jacob if he wants his scarfs to fail in the midst of yankee jim canyon, if not...
>Be the boat, Pete

RE> Jacob and taking chances on a (possibly) defective
scarf. What you said about cutting corners
rings true too. I find myself wondering
How come I've learned that lesson a thousand times
myself, but I still haven't learned it...
Anyway, for Jacob, there is a salution that costs
nothing but time: cut the scarf and reglue it.
Then he'll end up with a boat that is one or two
saw-blade widths too short. Which is nothing.

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