These oars are built out of Sitka Spruce, the most favored wood for oar construction, which provides light weight and strength. The right pair of oars is governed by a few factors. A boat used for short trips in crowded waters where manoeuverability is important requires easily handled non overlapping short oars. Novice rowers will find getting their moves down a lot easier with shorter non-overlapped oars.
An oar acts as a lever pivoting around the oarlock. The longer the length inside the boat the longer the lever hence more power with less effort. Maximized power necessitates overlapped oars. Long distance rowing, carrying large heavy loads, and, to a degree, enjoying the stroke action once its learned will favor longer overlapped oars.
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