Talk:Oar (sport rowing)

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Oar Lengths[edit]

Sculling oars are around 284cm - 290cm (288 is a common length) and rowing oars 370cm - 376cm (374 is common). I have changed the oar lengths to reflect this. I'm not sure what the length of the blades are. Ozdaren 13:01, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

Terminology[edit]

I am a bit confused by the terms used in this article to describe the sleeve and collar. In Australian parlance the plastic surround which encloses the oar and sits inside the swivel is called the sleeve. The plastic adjustable collar which abuts the swivel and gate is called the collar (or button when speaking to the older generation). This ensures the oar does not slide out from the swivel. Ozdaren 13:15, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

Rewrite[edit]

I suggest that this article needs a significant rewrite in order to become more readable. Are people happy with the following structure:

  • Lead paragraph: basic description, distinction between oars and paddles
  • History - including differences in blade shapes and former construction materiels
  • Parts of a blade (perhaps with a graphic) and including typical lengths and notes on rigging
  • Development - breif notes on experimental blade types

Any thoughts? --Yeti Hunter 08:09, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

I would add that the insertion of links of commercial nature be scrutinised. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.233.48.22 (talk) 19:49, 18 May 2008 (UTC)