JD, I have a 16-foot wide-bottom drift boat. I have 9-foot wooden oars and am considering purchasing new ones. What do you think about 10-foot oars on a boat that size…will they give me more power or will they be too long?
Hey Lee, I used to run 10 footers on my 20-foot Willie drift boat, which had a 72-inch bottom and they almost felt too long on that beast of a boat, so I’d stick with the shorter ones on your 16 footer. Yea, you probably get a little more torque when rowing with the longer sticks, but you’re also going to kinda feel like a robin with eagle’s wings…I donno…maybe I’m just not coordinated enough but I always felt awkward with the long ones. And they were definitely a pain in tight spots!
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