Simple Oars

These plans are provided free for all to use and distribute and are not for sale.
They were created as my thanks to Jacques Mertens of Bateau.com and
all builders who take the time to post and help others in the Bateau forums.






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Some Assembly Images















Oar Hardware Considerations





There are 4 types of oar locks - ribbed, round, north river and clamped.
Ribbed and round will require oarlock safety chains so you don't drop them
into the water. They will also need oar buttons to keep them in position and
leathers to protect them from wear.

The North River type keep the oarlock in position and the oar perpendicular to the water.
The advantage of the clamp-on oarlock is that they are moveable until you can find a position
that is comfortable for you. They also keep the oarlock in position and the oar perpendicular
to the water.

There are 3 basic types of oarlock sockets - edgemount, sidemount and topmount. For most of the Bateau
boats, you'll probably use the edgemount or sidemount. The edgemount may provide more horizontal sheer
strength as it is screwed from the top and sides.

All of these parts also usually come in stainless, bronze, brass, or zinc-coated.

Some Oar Links


Quick and Dirty Oars.

Making Oars

West Marine article on oar length.
Basically here's what it says:
...1/2 beam (distance between oarlocks) x 3 + 6" = oar length.

Small servicable oars...

Making Your Own Oars...

A Jim Michalak article on oars and rowing.

For much more info, go to the bateau.com forums
and do a search on "oars" in "all forums", "all dates".