Best Boat Oars
If you’re a recreational boater or fisherman who prefers to propel his boat with the power of muscle to the power of an outboard motor, then it’s important you choose a quality oar. However, oars aren’t just for canoes and flat-bottomed freshwater fishing boats, they’re also required to be onboard boats with motors as a precaution in the event of engine failure. Before motors existed, the earliest boats were powered by hand carved oars. The Native Americans, Vikings, and Polynesians all used oars to propel their boats across great bodies of water. Today, boaters and fishermen still use oars to paddle their boats across the water and in and out of narrow inlets and streams. Oars must be of the right length, weight, and rigidity in order to have the most efficiency. If they are too long, heavy, and hard to pull they are less likely to clear the water on your backstroke, which induces drag and reduces speed. If your oar is too short, you won’t be able to penetrate deep enough into the water to get enough leverage for propulsion. The narrower the boat, the shorter the oar can be. However, selection is largely dependent on the individual rower’s size, reach, stroke style, and personal preference.