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Cruising, rowing, motoring etc. Oars
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Oars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Martin Egan   

A pair of Mirror oars plus some rowlocks, folded sails, sail battens and a burgee laid out on a carpet

Mirrors used to be supplied with a pair of very basic oars, as shown, above as part of the kit.  Don't know when the practice ended, but oars were still being supplied in 1989 (photo above is of gear from 68823)

The shafts of the oars were about 1780mm long (about 5' 7") and the blades extended past the end of the shaft by about 25 - 50mm (1-2"). The shafts were 40mm in diameter, slightly narrower for the handle and made from clear douglas fir. They were very basic, there was no "collar" to stop the oar slipping past the rowlock, or leather cover to take wear from the rowlock. The blade is made of 5mm ply, about 190mm wide at the widest point and about 470mm long.

In the UK you often see Mirror oars on e-bay or boat gear jumble sales.

A drawing showing the position of the shroud and rowlock blocks on a Mirror dinghy

According to the original Bell Woodworking Mirror Building Instructions, the rowlocks were mounted aft of the thwart, about 27" or 686 mm aft of the aft edge of the aft shroud block.

 

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