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Determining Oar Length

In making the right choice there are some things to consider.

Oar size is based mainly on the width and length of the water craft.

There are many math formulas to go by.

 

One formula is:

Half the width from oar lock to oar lock then divide by 7 and multiply by 25.

This gives you the length in inches; divide that by 12 for the length in feet.

 

Some prefer to row with their hands overlapped, add 6 inches.

Others saw a few inches (up to 3) off the blade end for stowing or transporting.

 

The best way sounding stupid, is to fasten a tape measure on a long piece of wood.

Then sit in the boat and see what feels right.

Take in to consideration our oar dimensions.

 

We hope the charts below will help you in determining the length needed.

It all comes down to your preference.

 


10' Boats 

Width Oar Length
32" - 36" 4' - 5'
36" - 40" 5' - 5' 6"
40" - 44" 5' 6" - 6'
44" - 48" 6' - 6' 6"
48" - 52" 6' 6" - 7'
52" - 55" 7' - 7' 6"
55" - 58"

7' 6" - 8'

 

 

12' Boats

 

Width Oar Length
40" - 44" 6' - 6' 6"
44" - 48" 6' 6" - 7'
48" - 52" 7' - 7' 6"
52" - 56" 7' 6" - 8'
56" - 60" 8' - 8' 6"
60" - 64" 8' 6" - 9'
 

 

 

 14' Boats

 

Width Oar Length
40" - 44" 6' 6" - 7'
44" - 48" 7' - 7' 6"
48" - 52" 7' 6" - 8'
52" - 56" 8' - 8' 6"
56" - 60" 8' 6" - 9'
60" - 64" 9' - 9' 6"
64" - 68" 9' 6"

 

 

16' Boats

 

Width Oar Length
50" - 54" 8' - 8' 6"
54" - 58" 8' 6" - 9'
58" - 64" 9' - 9' 6"
64" - 68" 9' 6"
68" - 72" 10'

 


 

Van Fancy Oars & Paddles

2790 Cornwall Road. Mahone Bay, NS. B0J-2E0

Email: fancyoars@eastlink.ca

Phone: 902 624 0275 office

            902 624 9166 shop

 


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