These Premium oar leathers protect oars from chafing and give your oars or paddles a traditional look. Use saddle soap to clean.
Oar leathers protect your oars' shafts when using round oar locks. The buttons prevent the oar from slipping through the locks. Sold in pairs. It is best to install the oar leathers using copper cut tacks. These leathers will surely save the life of your oars while providing you with a pleasant rowing experience.
Copper Tacks are now offered in lots of 25 for those installing oar leathers. (Tacks sold separately)
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Traditional heavy grade marine treated leathers (2 ea)
Leather strips for collar, 13 in (2 ea)
Note: Copper tacks not included, must be purchased separately. Typically requires ~ 20 tacks.
Do the oar collars go on the inboard or outboard side of the oarlocks? Thanks!
The collars go on the inboard side of the oarlocks, which also prevents the oars from slipping through them.
The oar leathers go on the inboard side of the oar locks
WHAT IS THE LARGEST DIAMETER FOR THE BUTTONS/COLLAR TOPS?
Mine have adequate overlap after a little trimming on 1 1/2 inch diameter oars.
While I did not use the collar tops, I am sure those provided with the kit would fit at least 2" diameter oars
In the Q and A I've seen references to installation instructions (a pdf?) for oar leathers, but I've been unable to find them. Can anyone help. I've got my oars, leathers and tacks but I don't want to screw up the installation. Thanks. Dave
I used weldwood glue, wrapped the leathers with about 3/4" overlap, and tacked through the overlap. They've worked fine for a couple of years. Good luck.
Dave,As I recall, I had to search the internet for instructions and tips. I just googled "oar leather installation" a few minutes ago and got lot's of hits. Good luck.
How thick is the leather for the main part and how thick is the leather for the collar?Is the leather cut on both sides/
The leather is about an 1/8" thick smooth on one side, collar is close to a 1/2" thick. After following the installation instructions the oar leathers where easy to install. If you order the copper nails, order the larger quantity , you will need them for installation.
The large leather pieces are approx. 1/8" thick. thats plenty thick for this application. The collar leather is about 3/16". I hope this helps you. sorry I took so long in answering your queery but I have been on vacation. The oars are smooth and quiet when rowing. I would buy them again if needed.
Do these fit on any size oars?
They fit mine but I do not not about all oars. Seems they would since it is just leather with copper nails.
If your oars are 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" in diameter, then you should have plenty of leather for wrapping around each oar.
There's enough material to fit a shaft for standard 2" oarlocks (shafts about 1 3/4" diameter) or so. Rather than use tacs I ended up removing 1/4" of leather to get the right gap, punching holes, wetting the leather and baseball stitching them on with heavy waxed thread. Ray
sized for what diameter oars?
My oars are 2" in diameter, 6.5" circunferance. I want the the edges of the leathers to butt togather. Will they do that? I will sew them togather rather than tack them.
My oars are 1 5/8" where the leathers fit. They overlap about 3/4", which works well for tacking in place. The leathers are a little longer than they are wide, and I forget whether I wrapped them the long or short way. I like them.
Not Happy With Oar Leather Kit
Button material too short for both my own oars I am repairing and the new set of oars which I purchased from Jamestown. Will have to purchase additional material to complete the project properly.
Rowing, picking up and setting out duck decoys.
Ocean city, NJ
Great protection at a price.
This kit includes very robust pieces of leather to attach to your oars and strips for the buttons, but no instructions to go with it. There is a pdf available if you search for it and that should get you through the install. Have used these before and the leathers outlasted the oars. This time they are going on a handmade set.
Even a Little Old Lady can do it...
Helpful when rowing around Point shore on the Merrimack River, Amesbury MA
Merrimack River, Amesbury MA
Hard to manage...
Oar locks still slid over the leather strip. Not enoughleather to go around twice. Need more than one box of tacks unless you are VERY careful and don't ruin any.Remains to be seen how they hold up. First month of use...Honestly, I'm not sure theya re worth the money. Almost as hard to install as the rubber ones.
Wouldn't buy again
Collars should be 3/8" thick, then one loop will suffice. What they send isn't long enough to loop my oar 3 times. Not exactly "traditional" using copper nails, better to hole punch the leather and lace it up. Not to mention.. nails leave holes in your oars and influx of water will rot em out. My opinion.... waste of money. Ended up buying from another supplier.
would not purchase this product
it would have been nice if they told us we had to order tacks! could have got leather free! doesn't say anything about needing tacks. product coming back!!!! wuld not recommend!!!
Get enough tacks!
I am pleased with the quality of leathers. Application not as easy as I expected, but I was able to do an okay job; more directions would be helpful. However, one box of 25 tacks is not enough--get two because they are extremely difficult to find.
Total ripoff for the price.
I would never purchase this again. I would choose a much cheaper manmade material instead. They look classic but boy did I feel ripped off when it came. I am sure a local fabric shop/boot shop could get me scrap pieces of leather for free.
A classy way to upgrade your oars
The salty way to quiet your oars and save the varnish. Do yourself a favor and get the copper tacks too. Don't use steel tacks especially if you are on salt water.