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28983RE: [Michalak] Oarlock question

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  • John Trussell
    Jan 22, 2014
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      Has anyone looked at a “Scull-matic” (available from Duckworks—shameless plug). It looks like the device uses a handle which projects into the cockpit and an oar which goes from the device to the water. For storage purposes, this amounts to a two piece scukking oar which should be easier to stow than a full length sculling oar..


      I don’t think the slight angle of the oarlocks mounted on the sheerline would be significant, particularly since oars would not be the primary form of propulsion…




      From: Michalak@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Michalak@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of norman.wolfe@...
      Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:10 AM
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Michalak] Oarlock question



      Hi Curry-

      I use a long single oar over the stern of my NormsBoat which is nearly identical to AF4. Although I do not have a motor, if I did, I would have the rudder on center, the motor to one side and the sculling oar to the other side. The sculling oar is easiest to use if off center, allowing you to stand facing it (ie, not forward) and turning your head 90 degrees to look ahead. The oar is great for maneuvering, but not for speed. Since you use your entire body, it is not tiring to use. Mine is 12'6" long and I stow it on the cabin roof, on the side opposite where I stow the mast, boom, yard and sail (although an AF4 has no sail). If you mount the motor on center, be sure the oar lock for the sculling oar is mounted far enough away from the motor so that the motor housing does not interfere with the swing of the oar. Best, Norm.

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