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Old 05-03-2021, 07:53 AM
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Oars for 16' jon boat

Have push pole for marsh. Paddling with one paddle is a
Pain, thinking of adding oars to my 16' grizzly, should be better for canals and open water in case of motor breakdown. Any suggestions on length of paddles or mfg.?
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:12 AM
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Re: Oars for 16' jon boat

My hull is a 1648, 16" transom. Reading formulas for oar length it seems 6' or 7' would be about right. Just need some corroboration! I do have the versa track channel so i should not have to drill anything except the paddle where the yoke/spindle should go.
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Old 05-04-2021, 01:01 PM
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Re: Oars for 16' jon boat

Raul,
I'd suggest you sit in the boat on the bench where you will row from and put your hands about where they need to be ( sorta mid body) and then measure how long you need to get a good dig in the water.
You can prob do this while on trailer easy enough.
Then get the oars and oarlocks and install where they fit.
Also, will those T rails support that kind of force?
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Re: Oars for 16' jon boat

Ok! May even need 8-9'oars. I have my grab bar bolted to the rail, think it will be enough.
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Re: Oars for 16' jon boat

I have push poles in both my duck boat and jon boat, which is great in shallow water, but sometimes I'm in water too deep to effectively pole so I've done the single paddle thing in the past. However, several years ago I added a double kayak type paddle to my arsenal, it's a larger and heavier model than most, and I use that while standing up. Much easier than using the single paddle and helps keep things going in a straight line. But if you're in a wider boat it might not be as practical or easy to use as oars, so go with what works best for you. The only downside with oars is you're facing backwards and can't see where you're going!
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:03 AM
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Re: Oars for 16' jon boat

Great idea, Esteban! Seasense makes an 8' double kayak paddle for 40$! As i solo hunt a lot this will make it easier than a single paddle. Realized i don't have a middle bench for oar use, have to use my bird bucket seat or cooler.
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It was something I came up with after I had a motor problem several years ago that forced me to paddle several miles back to the ramp on Orange Lake. It occurred to me during that hour plus exercise that with a double paddle it would be inherently faster, easier, and just more efficient. I also hunt solo the majority of time so this was kind of a no brainer. The fact that these paddles break down into 2 pieces makes them fairly easy to store and transport as well, definitely a plus given all the gear we duck hunters tend to carry with us.
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