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**wilddog****Member**- From: Devon
- Registered: 22 Dec 2013
- Posts: 133

I am pondering what length oars I should be getting for the Skerry.

Her beam is 4'9", so I rather suspect that a standard 6' oar might be a bit on the short side. The boat will be mainly used under sail, but some light rowing will be required from time to time when we have overshoot the moorings for the pub etc.

Anyone have a thought on this...?

Built a Skerry!

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**DerekD****Member**- Registered: 12 Aug 2013
- Posts: 31

There is a formula for calculating oar length but I'm not sure how well it works.

beam (inches) x 25 ÷ 14

Round this number up or down to the nearest 6" number.

For your boat that means 57" x 25 = 1425 ÷ 14 = 101.78 which rounds off to 8' 6" which seems to fit with your thoughts that 6' oars may be short

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**Jan****Member**- Registered: 23 Apr 2014
- Posts: 4

I am rowing my Skerry with 2 sets of oars. One set is 7 ft., the other 8.

7 ft. are easier to handle on choppy waters like the baltic sea. (Living in Kiel)

I find it difficult to lift long oars over short and steep waves.

If the water is smooth, 8 ft. are working very well.

So the formula of DerekD confirms my experience very well.

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**Dinky Doris****Member**- From: Wales
- Registered: 25 Aug 2011
- Posts: 23

The one that I know about is:

distance between rowlocks+2 ÷ 14 x 25

This allows for an overlap of the oars.

However, since oars are only available in a certain number of lengths it is probably irrelevant.

DD

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**DerekD****Member**- Registered: 12 Aug 2013
- Posts: 31

I assumed most on here would make their own oars... if you can build a boat it seems like a small step

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