We offer both adjustable length and fixed length sculls and sweeps. Adjustable length oars feature a composite handle that allows 5 cm of adjustment. Fixed length oars are available with either a wooden handle or a bonded composite handle.
Relation of Oar Length to Gearing
We know from riding a bicycle that things go better if you are in the right gear. The same is true for rowing. The length of the oar, along with other variables like spread (distance from the centerline of the boat to the oarlock), blade size, blade type, inboard (distance from the handle end to the collar), catch angle, and so on, determines the gearing of the boat.
A long oar will give you a higher gear (heavier load) than a shorter oar. But this is really true only if the other parameters such as spread and inboard are the same, and the extra length of oar is outboard of the oarlock. Oar length is not the only way to change the gear. Moving the collar toward the blade will shorten the outboard lever and lengthen the inboard lever which will change your leverage and lower your gearing. Also, widening the spread will give you a lower gearing without changing the oar length.
Although one can make do with any reasonable length oar, it will be easier to get a comfortable and more effective rig if you follow a few general guidelines:
We have set some standard length ranges for the adjustable oars, which are shown in the tables below. These ranges cover the lengths that most people use. Any five centimeter adjustable oar length range is available as a custom request, as are fixed length oars.