Marine Hardware - Oarlocks

When it comes to rowing, having reliable and sturdy oarlocks is essential for a fun boating experience. These oarlocks provide a secure and stable connection between the oar and the boat, allowing for precise control and power during rowing maneuvers. At Angler's World, we offer a range of high-quality oarlocks that are designed to withstand the demands of marine environments. We offer various types of oarlocks to suit different boat designs and rowing styles, including side-mount oarlocks, top-mount oarlocks, and clamp-on oarlocks. 

Oarlocks - Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about Oarlocks? Angler’s World offers our extensive Oarlocks FAQ below. You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions for novice boaters and seasoned anglers alike, ensuring you always have the best experience on the water.

What are Oarlocks?

Oarlocks, also known as rowlocks, are devices used to secure oars to a boat, allowing the rower to propel the boat through the water. They provide a pivot point for the oars to move smoothly and efficiently, making rowing more effective and comfortable.

Why are Oarlocks Important?

Oarlocks are essential for effective rowing. They enable the rower to apply force to the oars and transfer that energy to the water, propelling the boat forward. Properly functioning oarlocks ensure a smooth and efficient rowing experience.

What are the Different Types of Oarlocks?

There are various types of oarlocks available:

Horn Oarlocks: These have a horn-shaped design that holds the oar in place while allowing it to pivot.

Top Mount Oarlocks: These attach to the top edge of the gunwale and provide a secure pivot point for the oars.

Side Mount Oarlocks: These attach to the side of the boat and are ideal for boats with narrow gunwales.

Pinned Oarlocks: These feature a pin that holds the oar in place and prevents it from lifting out of the lock.

Open Oarlocks: These have an open U-shaped design that allows for easy insertion and removal of the oar.

Do Oarlocks Come with Oars?

In many cases, oars and oarlocks are sold separately. However, some boat packages may include oars and compatible oarlocks as part of the package. It's important to check the product details and purchase the appropriate oarlocks for your specific boat and oars.

How Do I Install Oarlocks?

The installation process for oarlocks may vary depending on the type of oarlocks and your boat's design. Generally, you will need to:

Position the oarlocks at the desired location on the gunwales.

Secure the oarlocks in place using screws, bolts, or other appropriate fasteners.

Ensure that the oarlocks are level and aligned to provide a smooth pivot point for the oars.

Can I Retrofit Oarlocks to My Boat?

Yes, you can retrofit oarlocks to your boat if it doesn't already have them. However, it's important to choose oarlocks that are compatible with your boat's design and construction. If you're unsure, consider consulting with a marine outfitter or boat expert for guidance.

How Do I Choose the Right Oarlocks?

When choosing oarlocks, consider the following factors:

Boat Type: The type of boat you have will influence the type of oarlocks that are suitable.

Oar Type: Different oars may require specific oarlocks to ensure a secure fit.

Mounting Style: Choose between top mount, side mount, or other styles based on your boat's design.

Material: Oarlocks are available in various materials, including stainless steel and brass.

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