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  • Replacing a Carlisle oar handle

    I've got a backup oar with a broken handle, as shown below. It seems that Carlisle does not sell replacement handles, so I'm left with trying to figure out how to repair this oar without flat out replacing it.

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    Does anyone have any experience in fixing a broken handle like this? Or ideas so crazy they just might work?

  • #2
    Someone with a lathe should be able to turn you a new handle.
    Is it a wood handle?
    A local machine shop coul likely turn you one our of plastic or aluminum.
    "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

    "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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    • #3
      Turn or have one turned on a lathe and glue it on there. You could even hockey tape it up the way it is or extend it with a plug and then hockey tape so to fit your hand comfortably enough. It is a spare so it doesn't have to be perfect, just definitely functional.
      "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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      • #4
        Thanks for the suggestions. It's a plastic handle and is built into the oar. I'll check out what a local shop can turn for me, but I'm afraid that option may be almost as expensive as buying a new oar. Guess I won't know until I check it out though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ChugiakTinkerer View Post
          Thanks for the suggestions. It's a plastic handle and is built into the oar. I'll check out what a local shop can turn for me, but I'm afraid that option may be almost as expensive as buying a new oar. Guess I won't know until I check it out though.
          It is unfortunate that replacement parts are not available.. I have two 10' oars in which the PO left outside for years. The outer fiberglass(?) coating is severely cracked. I had to buy two new ones.. I wrapped the the old ones with duct tape and now use them as backups..

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          • #6
            Take it by Alaska Raft and Kayak and see if they can fit a replacement handle from another oar manufacturer onto it. Sawyer, for example, makes replacement handles as I recall. With any luck, could be a simple and affordable fix. Worst case, you might be able to pick up a used oar from them on the cheap.


            Dan
            The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by danattherock View Post
              Take it by Alaska Raft and Kayak and see if they can fit a replacement handle from another oar manufacturer onto it. Sawyer, for example, makes replacement handles as I recall. With any luck, could be a simple and affordable fix. Worst case, you might be able to pick up a used oar from them on the cheap.


              Dan
              Yep, that's my plan.

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              • #8
                I will try to get one loose from some carsile shafts. Lots around, as I use glass oars, but have some carlisles here. Will let you know.
                Goo

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                • #9
                  Thanks Goo! More than willing to buy your cast offs.

                  Thx
                  Earle

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                  • #10
                    Hey Mate- got the old oar out- be glad to give here to you. Maybe a heat gun may help-- or just cut and file and glue.
                    Goo
                    ALASKAWILDWATER
                    sotar alaska@yahoo.com

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                    • #11
                      Got lots of different lightly used carlisle shafts and parts, as well as some new glass oars.
                      Goo

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by goeaux View Post
                        Hey Mate- got the old oar out- be glad to give here to you. Maybe a heat gun may help-- or just cut and file and glue.
                        Goo
                        ALASKAWILDWATER
                        sotar alaska@yahoo.com
                        PM sent.

                        The heat gun trick works pretty slick. One of my oars was stuck tight, but it yielded with the application of a heat gun and a couple of teenagers.

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                        • #13
                          Account has not been authorized yet.....

                          Originally posted by goeaux View Post
                          Got lots of different lightly used carlisle shafts and parts, as well as some new glass oars.
                          Goo
                          Sorry for the revival of this thread, but it will not let me PM you. Do you by chance still have any of these left? I have the same problem. Busted spare oar handle.

                          Seth

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                          • #14
                            I have had the same problem and have been left with disabled gear and no way to fix it. So here is my solution...I collect oars. I have a pile of oar parts from years of abuse and just from picking up parts on the river. Yesterday I picked up a broken oar that we found stuck in a rock pile and guess what? It is the upper section of an oar including a muddy handle. If you want that section its yours!


                            Walt
                            Gulkana Rafting
                            907-259-4290

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