Shaw and Tenney - Maine Crafted Since 1858

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Our Guarantee:
We have been manufacturing our products for over 150 years, and are confident they will provide years of service and enjoyment. We guarantee our products to be free of defects from workmanship and materials for a period of two years, under normal use and conditions. Please note oars must have shaft protection installed or they are not guaranteed. We endeavor to offer only those products whose quality we would trust as our own. Products manufactured by a third party are covered by our same two-year warranty. In cases where the third party manufacturer’s warranty is beyond two years we will, of course, honor their warranty.

We gladly accept returns of unused, undamaged merchandise for a refund or exchange within 60 days of purchase. A copy of your receipt is required. Return postage is the customer’s responsibility unless the product is covered by our guarantee.

We will refund the purchase price of your returned or guaranteed item, less any associated shipping and handling costs, via the method it was originally paid for.

By accessing our website you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Our website, and all materials contained herein, are protected by all applicable copyright and trademark laws.

The products and materials featured on our website are, in most cases, hand crafted – no two are identical. As such, all products are provided "as is.” Shaw & Tenney makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Shaw & Tenney does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the products and materials on its website or otherwise relating to such products and materials or on any sites linked to this site.

Limitation of Liability:
Shaw & Tenney shall not be liable for 1) damages of any kind related to your use of or inability to access this website and 2) for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages for using or accessing this website. This limitation shall apply to damages resulting from any cause of action including negligence, strict or product liability, or misrepresentation.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Shaw & Tenney, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation of these terms and conditions or any activity related to your account by you or any other person accessing the site using your Internet account.

Governing Law:
Any claim relating to Shaw & Tenney’s website shall be governed by the laws of the state of Maine.

How to Size Your Oars

To determine the correct length oar for your boat measure the distance between the port and starboard oar sockets. Then apply the Shaw and Tenney oar length formula to determine the oar length that will provide the correct 7:18 leverage ratio. This length will provide an oar where 7/25 the length is inboard of the oarlocks and 18/25 of the oar is outboard of the oarlocks. It is the ideal ratio to row almost all boats. Sized correctly, when rowing your hands will be 1 to 3 inches apart and you will be pulling directly towards your abdomen. If you are popping out of your oarlocks when rowing your oars are far too short. If you prefer an overlapping grip, add 6” to the calculated oar length. If you have more than one rowing station in your boat, measure both. Typically they will require two different length oars which is fine if you’re going to be rowing tandem and need two sets. Otherwise you’ll need to compromise the correct length to work properly in both stations. If you are rowing more than 75% in one station size the oar to that length. As always feel free to call us and were happy to help you select the correct oar length and blade style for your boat.

The Original Shaw & Tenney Oar Length Formula

To help our customers size their oars correctly, we’ve been using the same formula since 1858: Measure the distance between the center of the port and starboard oar sockets, which hold the oar locks on each gunnel. This is called the “span” between the oarlocks. Divide the span by 2, and then add 2 to this number. The result is called the “inboard loom length” of the oar. Multiply the loom length by 25, and then divide that number by 7. The result is the proper oar length in inches. Round up or down to the closest 6” increment.

How to Size Your Paddle

For traditional wooden paddles the ideal length for the Stern paddler is the bridge of your nose or 6 inches less than your height. For the bow paddler the paddle reaching the cleft of your chin or 9 inches less than your height is correct.

For our Racine paddle if you are over 5’6” tall select the 63-1/2” length and the shorter paddle if you are under5’-6”tall.

When paddling solo we typically recommend a bow length paddle. For Canadian style solo most paddlers prefer an even shorter paddle.

For paddling canoes when standing (yes our mother let us do this) a 69 inch or 72 inch paddle is usually about right.

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