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Old 01 June 2010, 06:30   #1
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Rowlocks and Oars

Hi - I've got a second hand 3.4m Zodiac, but its go no oars or rowlocks.

Can anyone point me in the direction of the type of rowlocks I need - I assume they come as a stick on patch type arrangement?

For oars, would any make fit - such as these?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pair-7-Foot-Al...item335d97599a

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Old 01 June 2010, 07:03   #2
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The oars look ok ,with regards to row locks i thought the zodiac ones were crap the avon ones seem much better ,but you could for emergency use just make a loop with some rope and thread it through a lifeline eye or even wrap a lifeline/grab around and use that ,
the rnli use a webbing strap as rowlocks on there inshore lifeboats .
if you do use the ones to glue on make sure that they are in the right position ,not a bad idea to slip the oars on the new rowlocks and see what the rowing position feels like ,not end of the world and depending on the size of the boat but its sometimes better that the locks are fitted a bit further to the bow than aft of the half way length of the boat as the boat will row in a straight line better .
some glue on ones can be a real pain in the arse when the oar is forever jumping out so you really need to get ones that will fit your size oar shaft .
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Old 01 June 2010, 07:10   #3
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Rowlocks and Oars

Hi, i'm in the same situation.
I've got a 3.8m bombard with no rowlocks/oars, but been told its relatively easy job.
All you just have to do is make sure when you order the kit that you ask/tell the supplier what your boats made of (hypalon or pvc) because there are different glues for different materials.
Try IBS Boats International Ltd, they seem to have a very extensive spares catalogue and i found them to be very helpful.
Think this is the sort of thing you may need.
Good luck and do let us know how you go on
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I'll take a closer look at the boat as its already got some rope carry straps fitted. As the oars are for emergencies only it may be possible I could utilise those in some way....
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I'll take a closer look at the boat as its already got some rope carry straps fitted. As the oars are for emergencies only it may be possible I could utilise those in some way....
Unlikely. Oars need a solid point to pivot round.
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Unlikely. Oars need a solid point to pivot round.
unless you tie them with a short tight loop as in the photo
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My 14' Achilles had the pin and ball type locks as in Uny's lower photo. They actually worked pretty well the couple of times I used them (usually when maneuvering around areas where divers were down.) They do require oars with holes to reveive the pin, however.

If I only had to go a short ways, it was usually easier to use the oars as paddles, and canoe your way over to where you needed to be.

Either way, paddling a SIB is not the most efficient endeavor in the world...

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Wouldn't these bits work?

http://www.ronhalemarine.co.uk/super...c_Oar_Supports

Then:
http://www.marinedirect.co.uk/zodiac-oars-p-264.html
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Yeah, that could be it. Was looking for the cheaper alternative!
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Gone for a pair of these in the end. The oar shafts have holes in which are secured by the pins. Rowlocks, Oars, glue and delivery came in at 132 from Seamark Nunn.

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