We are often asked "which is better?" As long as the oars are properly sized
for the boat it is a matter of personal preference. Round oarlocks stay on the
oar once leathers and buttons are applied whereas the oar can be removed from
Standard horn oarlocks are available in #1 size (2-1/4" inside diameter). Round
oarlocks are available in #0 (2" inside diameter) and #1 (2 1/4" inside diameter).
We also cast a size #1 1/2 " (2-1/2" inside diameter) for large oars. All oarlocks
have a standard 1/2" diameter
We offer three choices of oar sockets. Top mounts provide the
strongest mounting method and attach to the top of the gunwale. Often a block
is used to facilitate installation. Angle mount sockets attach
to the inside of the gunwale and are screwed on the top and side. They are the
second strongest mounting option. Side mount sockets are attached
with screws into the side of the gunwale and, while adequate for most applications,
are the least strong of the three options. All sockets are for a standard 1/2" diameter
Douglas oarlocks orient the blade at 6% to the water for maximum rowing efficiency. To use them on Shaw and Tenney oars you will need Martinolli D-Sleeves shown below. They are also used on our oars for sliding seat rowing shells with outriggers. Cast in manganese bronze.
Used instead of leathers, the D-sleeve and Douglas oarlock combination orients the blade at a 6% inclination to the water for maximum rowing efficiency.
The end to lost or stolen oars. Drill a hole in your boat seat; put the shaft
up through the seat and place the top over the oars; and a padlock through the hole. Also great for securing oars in the dinghy when towing!
Made of Manganese Bronze with a sand cast finish.