Boat Oars Who Needs Them

If you’re anything like me, and I suspect you are, you have found yourself on the wrong end of your cottage lake with a boat motor that just won’t start. So what do you do?


I usually curse and swear quite a bit…although I have only been able to get a stubborn outboard motor to start using this method a couple of times, it is worth at least a try.

However, if the above won’t work, you can get very technical and start going over the routine, fuel, fire, air, that technical kind of stuff that much like swearing seldom works for me either, in fact, I think swearing has worked better at least once.

Failing the above, and assuming you are as technical as me when it comes to small gas engines here are your choices.

1) Drop the anchor and wait for assistance. Wave at passing boats, get your wife to remove her bikini top and use it as a flag, that works wonders…trust me.

2) Call you buddy for help using your marine radio, citizens band radio or cell phone. Have got all three but no buddy? Oh-oh…should spent the money on an auxillary outboard motor or a good pair of oars.

3) Depending on the boat, you can row for shore. I laugh at folks who buy open boats with no oarlocks and say stuff like, “who needs them, got a good dependable motor.” Uh-huh…sure you do…as long as you don’t tear the lower unit off on a big rock…

So, if you are up ____creek without a paddle so to speak, and repair is out of the question, you have no option. Wait for someone to come along. Period. No option. Buy an auxillary motor as soon as you get rescued.

If you have an open boat, like an aluminum fishing boat and you bought the one with no oarlocks and therefore no oars…hope you got an anchor because you have to wait for help as well.

But if you are smart, like me and I know you are or you wouldn’t be reading The Cottage Chronicles, you not only got the oarlock option on your boat, you got yourself a good pair of boat oars and oarlocks as well…congratulations you are certifiably smart. Other cottagers should look to you for advice.

You can row to shore, or row home or just keep fishing while you row home.

If your wife is with you, get her to row unless she agrees to stand up in the stern and wave her bikini top at passing boats for help…..

My friends at Duroboat have some practical tips for choosing oars, you can find their info at the Duroboat blog.

However, never one to pay a lot of attention to copyright laws and infringement etc, I will summarize a little about what they say but change the wording a bit….*wink*

– long boat oars with big blades make you go faster.

– long boat oars are harder for your wife to pull

– small boat oars are easier on your wife but she won’t get the same pull satisfaction….umm…that is not exactly what I meant to say..um…err….wll you know what I mean…boat oars folks..we are talking about oars…can we focus please…

– smaller boat oars are lighter and easier to store, after all, with a good dependable motor, who needs good oars?

-Boat oars should be approximately twice the length of the boats’ beam for good rowing.

Personally I like the oarlocks that clamp onto the oars, like these Sea-Dog Zinc Plated Oarlocks Clamping the oarlocks to the oars ensures that you won’t be missing an oarlock when it’s needed.

I never leave the shore without oars and oar locks in my aluminum boat, even if your boat is not row-a-bull, a couple of canoe paddles can come in handy for paddling yourself to shore.

The folks at Duroboat do have some very helpful advice for choosing the right length oars for your boat and your particular purposes, it involves a little mathematics which is something I never did very well with, so I suggest you read their advice which is actually very good, not silly like mine, at the Duroboat Blog Rowing Oar Selection Page
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