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 Post subject: Oars for EZ FISH II needed badly
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:19 am 
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Brook Trout

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When I got my Star Inflatables EZ Fish II (http://www.starinflatables.com/mods/...p?idproduct=11) ~3 yrs ago, I got the wooden 'Caviness' oars that come with the deluxe package. From day one I've had problem with them working their way out of the oarlock horns.

Not after too many frustrating and sometimes even perilous situations, I took the oar rights and sleeves off the oars and wrapped some small-gauged nylon rope on the oars to build them up closer to the oarlock horn diameter.

This modification did help a bit, but over time the thicker diameter oars have begun to catch in the oarlocks with the outer sleeves of the oars developing wear grooves where they get stuck in the horns.

White lithium grease was a good temporary solution to the sticking, but bottom line is that if I really want to dig with this set-up, the oars are coming out. This can make for a nice burst of panic right at the wrong time.

So I'm in the market for a new or used set of good oars that would work well with this boat. I think I would like to stay away from oars with these limiting oar rights as well - too much extra movement and banging and reaching when it comes time to move them out of the oarlocks for feathering.

Any ideas or sources would be appreciated.

John


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 Post subject: Re: Oars for EZ FISH II needed badly
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:36 am 
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Rainbow Trout
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sounds like the problem may possibly be with the oarlocks?

if you can afford it, these are the best oars money can buy: http://www.mountaindriftboat.com/oars.htm They are tapered, counter-balanced internally, and the best thing is the blades--these things really dig some water but are easily feathered...if only they sold blades separately...

I like the Cataract oars; I have 10 years on mine; I used oar-rights at first but then learned to feather, now I use these sleeves: http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp? ... eptid=1086


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 Post subject: Re: Oars for EZ FISH II needed badly
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:18 pm 
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Smallmouth Bass

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I'm looking for a set of oar rights if you're not gonna use them


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 Post subject: Re: Oars for EZ FISH II needed badly
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:07 pm 
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Brook Trout

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I'll keep that in mind, Bill. Once I get set with another pair I'll holler.

Scott - those things are no doubt beast at $650.00 per pair! I better keep looking for another set priced a bit more in my mid-class budget...thx though...


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