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Plastic oar lock horn holders?
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Much as I hate to think of adding plastic to an all wooden drift boat I am thinking that may be the best solution. The space between the handrail and the inside of the boat where the oar lock horns…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Baker Apr 22, 2010.

 

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Mike Baker replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"Hey Corey, I ran across these oar locks a while ago.http://regalsportingtechnologies.com/index.php/Regal-Oar-Locks.html I have not tried them but they are 5" long. A little spendy but might be what you want. They have a cool looking anchor…"
Apr 22, 2010
Randy Corey replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"Thanks everybody for the advice. I think I have found a good solution. I went to http://www.plasticsheetdirect.com/ as Mike Baker suggested and called the 800 # listed on their web site and reached a person that works out of his home located in…"
Apr 21, 2010
Dave Z replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"www.mcmaster.com search for the plastic called: Delrin. Here's a link.... http://www.mcmaster.com/#plastics/=6qh4fd You can have it white or black. I use oak drilled for bronze bushings however."
Apr 19, 2010
Jason Knight replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"I have UHMW oarlock blocks. I have two sets in different locations fore and aft so I can switch rowing positions depending on how the boat needs to be trimmed/passenger arrangement."
Apr 19, 2010
Mike Baker replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"I usually don't need to shape it, just kind of force it when you bolt it in. There isn't a ton of curve where the blocks go. and what little there is will usually conform. The wood does most of the conforming. Mike"
Apr 19, 2010
Randy Corey replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"Thanks Mike, At 8" long and 1 1/4" thick are you able to bend stiff UHMW enough to match the curve of the boat or do you have to buy thicker material and shape it? I would guess shaping it would be a real job....sanding more out of the…"
Apr 19, 2010
Mike Baker replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic oar lock horn holders?
"Hey Randy, Try http://www.plasticsheetdirect.com/ I think they have a location in Portland. I get my UHMW from them (that is what you want for the oar blocks). I am a big fan of using UHMW for the oar blocks. I like to make mine 8" long and put…"
Apr 19, 2010
Randy Corey replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic our lock horn holders?
"Thanks, Robb. The more I think about it, what you say is the way to go. I will not need the sleeve, which means a smaller hole. Can you think of where I could find the plastic block in Portland?"
Apr 19, 2010
Robb Grubb replied to Randy Corey's discussion Plastic our lock horn holders?
"Randy, If you are not a purist (all wood), a plastic block, as you are suggesting is the way to go. It is quiet, no maintenance and is easily replaceable. I think Randy and Sandy could help you out at Tatman and maybe even cut you a custom…"
Apr 19, 2010
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Plastic our lock horn holders?

Much as I hate to think of adding plastic to an all wooden drift boat I am thinking that may be the best solution. The space between the handrail and the inside of the boat where the oar lock horns need to fit is 1 1/4 inches and the hole that needs to be drilled to accept the plastic sleeve with which the brass horn fits is 7/8" diameter. The oak that I have been using then splits since there is only 3/16" wood left on each side of the hole. Does anyone know of a source that would have plastic…See More
Apr 19, 2010
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I have 2 wooden drift boats. The Crenshaw Boat (Junction City, OR) is over 35 years old and still in pretty good shape although it leaks a little. I bought it new in 1973 from Ralph Crenshaw and it was one of the last boats he made. It is on a Jim's Trailer of the Cedar Mill area of Beaverton. Jim's Trailers in those days just used as a roller on the back a core about 6" in diameter that he obtained from a plywood mill.
The other boat is less than 10 years years old and is a Tatman boat out of Cresswell, Oregon I believe. It is on an Alumaweld Trailer and it does not even use a roller.

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