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Cataract SGX Oar Shaft

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You don't have to know rocket science to row a boat, but it helps to have gear made by a company who does. Cataract shafts are made with the same filament wound glass/carbon/epoxy composite technology used by the aerospace industry.
  • Blades Sold Separately. Shaft lengths are listed here as including the blade. Please see the Specs Tab for ACTUAL shaft length.
  • These oars perform like no others, translating muscle energy into stroke power more effectively than other oars, giving you the ultimate in oar responsiveness.
  • The SGX model is ideal for the boater who wants a stiffer, lighter, longer oar (10' and 11') on heavier boats; it's 33% stiffer than the SGG shaft. Cataract shafts are ground and painted for smooth finish.
  • 1/8" thick grips cushion the handles.
  • Blades are sold separately so that you can choose the width and brand that best suits your needs. The removable blades also permit easy storage and transport.
  • Shaft lengths are listed as the final length, which will include the approximately 27" long blade you choose (sold separately). For a list of ACTUAL shaft lengths, please click on the Specs tab.

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Weight (ea): 10' = 4.55 lbs.
Sizes:
Shaft Standard Blade
(sold separate)
Approximate Overall Length
92.5" 27" 10'
104.5" 27" 11'
Shaft Material: Glass/carbon/epoxy composite
Shaft Diameter: 1 7/8"
Features:
  • 33% stiffer than SGG
  • Available in blue only
  • The SGX model is ideal for the boater who wants a stiffer, lighter, longer oar (10' and 11') on heavier boats
  • Shaft and blades are interchangeable with Carlisle & Sawyer models
Frame Width Recommended Minimum Length
48" 7'
54" 7.5'
60" 8'-9'
66" 9'-10'
72" 10'

video: Cataract Oars & Blades

Cataract Oars & Blades (5:26)

You don't have to know rocket science to row a boat, but it helps to have gear made by a company who does. Cataract shafts are made with the same filament wound glass/carbon/epoxy composite technology used by the aerospace industry. These oars perform like no others, translating muscle energy into stroke power more effectively than other oars, giving you the ultimate in oar responsiveness.

video: Cataract Oars in Action Video

Cataract Oars in Action Video (1:07)

You don't have to know rocket science to row a boat, but it helps to have gear made by a company who does. Cataract shafts are made with the same filament wound glass/carbon/epoxy composite technology used by the aerospace industry. These oars perform like no others, translating muscle energy into stroke power more effectively than other oars, giving you the ultimate in oar responsiveness.

video: Cataract Quality Assurance Video

Cataract Quality Assurance Video (0:56)

A brief overview of quality control at Cataract Oars.

video: Making of a Cataract Oar Video

Making of a Cataract Oar Video (0:27)

A brief overview of how Cataract makes their oars.

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Cataract SGX Oar Shaft
 
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5.0

Cataract SGX Oar Shaft

By Captain Whitewater

from Saugus, California

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • The best oar shaft made
  • Very light yet heavy duty

Cons

  • Can shatter or crack
  • Shaft protection required

Best Uses

  • Day Trips
  • Flat Waters
  • Kayak Camping
  • Ocean Swells
  • Rapids Paddling
  • Rivers
  • The best 4 unlimited uses

Comments about Cataract SGX Oar Shaft:

I have used Carlisle and wood oars. Both are OK but have their limitations. Carlisle oars are prone to breakage, color sheathing deterioration and bending. Wood can impale the user and is too heavy. Wood also requires periodic wood treatment and daily grain inspection for longevity. Carbon fiber, especially SGX, is the best oar shaft I have ever used. Getting past the initial pricey cost for this rugged and well-designed oar is the only obstacle to overcome. You get what you pay for in this extremely high quality item. To make your oars last longer place 2" tubular shaped foam around the shaft to give your oar some UV and shock protection from rocks and unexpected abuse.

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  • Cataract SGX Oar Shaft

    Q:

    Hello; I have a rafting buddy that needs new oars for a April Grand trip. He wants to order the SGX oars, 10' with counterbalanced handles. Can you get these?

    Last year I had another friend call NRS wanting the same oars and someone there said Cataract did not make them. WRONG!!!
    I have two sets. You should stock these. They are a hot setup.
    Thanks, Jon
    Asked on 3/9/2015 by Jon from Hamilton, MT

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jon, the 10' counterbalanced SGX shaft is $197.95. Adding rope wrap and stop is $30.75. So total is $228.70 per shaft. Lead time for order is 7-10 days. Have your buddy give us a call to order, 800.635.5202.

      Answered on 3/9/2015 by Clyde from NRS
  • Cataract SGX Oar Shaft

    Q:

    I have a 16ft. Lund outboard runabout boat. It is 6 ft across at the oar location. How long an oar (a pair of course) should I buy?

    Your size guide suggests 10 foot oars, but perhaps that is for a raft not a boat. 10 foot seems a bit long.

    Am I mistaken?

    Thank you.
    Asked on 4/19/2013 by John

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    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      John, the rule-of-thumb for oar length is having approximately one-third of the oar inboard and two-thirds outboard of the oarlocks. So, that would dictate at least 9' oars. Then when you factor in the height of the locks above the water, probably higher than most rafts, 10' oars aren't out of the question.

      Answered on 4/20/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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