Captive oarlock anti-clunk method.

While refinishing my “Bolgerized” oars, I decided to use Captive Oarlocks. Captive oarlocks go on the oars and are kept on the oarshaft by the button on the oar leathers.

Two “Captive” oarlocks.

I use the Bolgerized oars with my “Trug” skiffs. One pair has Bronze round oarlocks. (like the picture above)

Scotty Strongbacks

One set has a pair of Scotty Strong-backs oarlocks.

What I do not like about captive oarlocks is that when the oar is out of the boat and being carried, the oarlock inevitably slides down the oarshaft and clunks against the shoulder of the oar blade. CLUNK! I also do not like the mark the oarlocks make in the varnish at the oar blade shoulder.

So I thought to myself, if a button can keep the oarlock from coming off of the oar, another one can keep the oarlock from sliding down the shaft and hitting the shoulder of the oar.

Cork strip

I do not have any leather and with the Covid-19 “do not travel unless you have to” directive, I will not be going out to some. I do have some cork left over from the Brenne Clamp Build. I will use that.

I cut the cork into 3/4″ wide strips. I will use two strips per oar.

I have the two strips of cork glued onto the oar leather. I could have placed the cork strips onto the shaft of the oar as well. A hose clamp applies the necessary clamping pressure.

I do not know how “tough” the cork will be, so, I decide to wrap the cork with sailing twine to keep it from coming undone.

Whipping the cork with sailing twine.
Trim the ends and I will be ready for varnishing.
I am refinishing all of my oars. Every morning they get another coat.

Thirteen coats for Gwragedd Annwn’s oars and Twelve for the Bolgerized oars with the captive anti-clunk cork buttons.

…a wee bit of oar maintenance keeps the oarsman rowing…


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