Gated Oarlock
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Gated Oarlock

Gaco oarlocks are light, strong and constructed from UV and corrosion resistant black polypropylene. The mounting pin (thole pin) is 10mm (3/8") hardened 316 SS for strength. Gaco oarlocks feature lower friction in both the horizontal and vertical planes and are naturally quiet in operation. The advanced design promotes a long service life that also prevents wear to the oars. Fits oars up to 2-1/4" in diameter. The set includes an adapter sleeve for use with a standard 1/2" rowlock socket.
Oars Not Included.

NOTE: If extra sockets are required, simply drill a hole in wood for the pin. A 7/16" (11mm) hole for softwood and a 13/32" (10.5mm) hole for hardwood can serve as an extra socket.

 
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The Gaco Kit contains: 2 Oarlocks + 2 sockets + adaptor sleeves for existing sockets & fitting instructions.

Fitting the Rowlock to the oars

1. Lay the oars alongside each other so that the blades are together. Open the gate of the rowlock by pressing a screw driver into the the bottom of the slot at the front top of the rowlock.
2. Pull the gate open and slip the rowlock over the shaft of the oar.
3. Press the clip on the end of the gate shut. Repeat these steps with the second rowlock. The rowlocks must be mounted so that the arrows on top are pointing towards each other.
4. You now have a port and starboard oar. They will function much better if they are mounted so that arrow on the top of the rowlock is facing the bow when rowing. NB: If your rowlock sleeves have lugs on them you will need to cut them off with a knife (a simple task).

Fitting the Adapter Sleeves

1. Heat in the oven at 266 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
2. Remove from the oven and immediately slip on the moistened pin as far as possible with the help of a gardening glove.

BRAND: Gaco
Type: Oarlocks
3.8 12

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3.8

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Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Minimizes fatigue (8)
  • Adjustable (5)
  • Good control (5)
  • Reduces flutter (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Day trip (7)
    • Touring (7)
    • Advanced paddling techniques (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Beginner (4), Advanced (3), Recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So far, so good

    I'm using these oarlocks on a homebuilt 14 foot skiff, on protected flat water (Erie canal) with homebuilt oars. The oars have an elliptical cross section which the Gaco locks handle with no...Read complete review

    I'm using these oarlocks on a homebuilt 14 foot skiff, on protected flat water (Erie canal) with homebuilt oars. The oars have an elliptical cross section which the Gaco locks handle with no problem. The only hangup is that the inboard loom of the oars is square, and sometimes the transition zone from square to elliptical kind of jams in the lock as I release and feather, but that is purely a local problem, and I'm working on developing buttons to deal with that.
    Apart from that, though, these oarlocks are very nice indeed. There is absolutely no tendency to rise out of the socket, and they are dead quiet (useful for fishing). Further, they provide a very smooth action throughout the stroke. Also, they happily accommodate my non-standard, elliptical shafts throughout a feathered stroke, and the polypropylene bearing surface is very easy on the finish on the oars. I would certainly get them again - indeed, I will use them on the next boat I build, without question. I heartily recommend them.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Handle with care

    I had a great first and only row with these, and then while bringing the boat in one of the oars got stuck in the weeds on the shore and the plastic hold broke....Read complete review

    I had a great first and only row with these, and then while bringing the boat in one of the oars got stuck in the weeds on the shore and the plastic hold broke. That should be metal IMO.[...] I used it once and it broke, would like to get some info on warranty and get back out there and start rowing again. [...]

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    2.0

    Broke during installation

    By Guideboat Rower

    from Milford, CT

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Trips
        • Touring

        Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

        Both locks of the first pair I got broke during installation. The locking tab broke on one, and the other lock broke as I "Tapped" the sleeve onto the other's pin. Jamestown's excellent service dept rushed me a replacement pair. Of this second pair, one broke as I opened it to place around the oar. They probably work well if they can be successfully installed, but three broken out of four during installation???

        The basic idea is great, but the manufacturer should put a few pair in the hands of potential users and get their results/reactions to improve the latch, and maybe a hinge for the gate. I'm tempted to purchase one more pair and install VERY GENTLY.

        I have nothing but praise for Jamestown Distributor service.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Gaco oarlocks

        By PTW

        from Port Townsend, WA

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable Shaft
        • Good Control
        • Lightweight
        • Minimizes Fatigue
        • Reduces Flutter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Rowing dinghy

          Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

          Well thought out product and will work just right for our dinghy. Gaco has great oars too.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Handle with care

          By Geno

          from Winter Haven

          About Me Beginner

          Pros

          • Adjustable

          Cons

          • Fragile

          Best Uses

          • Advanced Paddling Techniques

          Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

          I had a great first and only row with these, and then while bringing the boat in one of the oars got stuck in the weeds on the shore and the plastic hold broke. That should be metal IMO.[...] I used it once and it broke, would like to get some info on warranty and get back out there and start rowing again. [...]

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          rowing made easy

          By falcolnxp

          from utah

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Minimizes Fatigue
          • Reduces Flutter

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • River Running

            Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

            quiet lake to whitewater

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Opening Procedure

            By jpsIII

            from Old Lyme CT USA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Control
            • Minimizes Fatigue
            • Reduces Flutter

            Cons

            • Opening procedure

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • Touring

            Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

            The locks are unquestionably of thoughtful design. But the opening procedure -- using a screwdriver and pressing quite firmly against the locking tab -- invites wear and distortion of the locking tab if the locks are installed and removed very often. Installation on the oars is thus is a bit of a one-way street if one is to avoid chewing up the tab and risking later disconnections. Perhaps a stiff, plastic, unlocking tool could be included with the locks.

             
            4.0

            Long Lasting

            By Cobber

            from Far South Tasmania, Australia

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Good Control
            • Minimizes Fatigue
            • Snaps onto oar

            Cons

            • Unusual appearance

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • River Running
            • Touring

            Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

            I have been using the Gaco oarlocks on my 12 foot Cadet class dinghy since 2003. I used the half inch adapter sleeves on the pins and they have worked perfectly. the previous owner of my dinghy had tried unsuccessfully to prevent damage to the leather oar sleeves by taping leather fingers cut from old gloves onto the old metal horn type oarlock. Since fitting the Gacos I have noticed that the wear on the oars has ceased and the oarlocks have shown negligible wear themselves. It is pleasing to use these silent oarlocks in the quiet of the Hastings bay where I live.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            GOOD BUT COULD BE BETTER

            By IRISH STING

            from CINCINNATI, OH

            About Me Beginner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable Shaft

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Touring

              Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

              OAR LENGTH 8.5 FEET THICKNESS 2 INCHES BLADE CURVED.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Busted

              By Bob

              from Burton, OH

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Adjustable

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

                [...] they broke the first day in use. Granted, I am not particularly smooth or gentle, but I expected more than an hour's use.

                 
                4.0

                So far, so good

                By Jim

                from Utica, NY

                About Me Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Minimizes Fatigue
                • Quiet
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Day Trips
                  • Touring

                  Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

                  I'm using these oarlocks on a homebuilt 14 foot skiff, on protected flat water (Erie canal) with homebuilt oars. The oars have an elliptical cross section which the Gaco locks handle with no problem. The only hangup is that the inboard loom of the oars is square, and sometimes the transition zone from square to elliptical kind of jams in the lock as I release and feather, but that is purely a local problem, and I'm working on developing buttons to deal with that.
                  Apart from that, though, these oarlocks are very nice indeed. There is absolutely no tendency to rise out of the socket, and they are dead quiet (useful for fishing). Further, they provide a very smooth action throughout the stroke. Also, they happily accommodate my non-standard, elliptical shafts throughout a feathered stroke, and the polypropylene bearing surface is very easy on the finish on the oars. I would certainly get them again - indeed, I will use them on the next boat I build, without question. I heartily recommend them.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great design and manufacturing execution

                  By He who rows

                  from Greenwich Cove, CT

                  About Me Recreational

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Frictionless operation
                  • Minimizes Fatigue

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Utility boat rowing

                    Comments about Gaco Gated Oarlock:

                    Great feel - I use these on a 13ft whaler with sculling oars from an old Alden rowing shell and sitting in the bow position - 250 strokes to and from our moored sailboat with no sound and no resistance from these slick oarlocks - better than using the 25 hp outboard which remains tilted up on the transom - they also handle the D shape shaft of these older sculls - bought a second pair for our Dyer Dink which I expect will be just as satisfying.

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