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Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

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$172.70–$188.25

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These Cataract SGG Oar Shafts have an internal counterbalance weight in the handle area. This offsets the weight of the blade and shaft past the oarlock for easy, low fatigue rowing.
  • The SGG shaft, with its spiral wound fiberglass and carbon fiber lay up flexes and rebounds like a wooden oar without the maintenance issues of wood.
  • The handle area has a four pound weight added. This counters the weight of the oar out past the oarlock. In a day's rowing, you lift that oar out of the water hundreds of times. This takes a lot of the work out of your outing!
  • Shaft comes with rope wrap and rubber stopper, for quiet rowing.
  • If you have not previously used rope wrapped oars with your oarlocks, be sure to examine the inside surfaces of the horns for any rough places or imperfections. Using the oars in oarlocks that cause premature wear of the rope wrap may not be covered by warranty.
Shaft size is measured with blade attached
Oars sold individually
Blade sold separately
Oversize shipping charges apply

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  • video: Cataract Quality Assurance Video
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Length of Shaft without Blade: 9 = 6'9"
Length of Shaft without Blade: 10 = 7'9"
Shaft Material: Glass/carbon/epoxy composite
Shaft Diameter: 1 7/8"
Includes:
  • 1 Rubber Oar Stopper
  • Rope Wrap is 20" Long
  • 4 lb counterbalance weight in handle
Features:
  • Wrap Begins 20" From Handle Base on 9' Oars
  • Wrap Begins 22" From Handle Base on 10' Oars
  • Rebounds Like Wood
  • SGG oar shaft flexes and rebounds like wood without the weight or need for maintenance
  • They are ideal for most water conditions and boat sizes
  • Shafts and blades are interchangeable with Carlisle & Sawyer models

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 SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    what size of sgg counterbalance oar for a 14' otter 140?
    Asked on 12/2/2013 by copper

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We recommend 9'-10' oars for the 66" frame you'll want for the Otter 140. There's a range because oar length is somewhat personal. I use 9.5' oars on my E-150 raft, which is the same width as the 140. In the More Information box there on the product page, read my thoughts on the issue in "Tips on choosing oar length." While either the 9' or 10' we stock will work for you, personally I'd go with the longer length. And we can order 9.5's for you if you'd prefer, just give us a call, 800.635.5202.

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      9.5
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    Is there an oar stop that will go over the rope? I need the stop about 1/3 of the way down the rope wrap.
    Asked on 9/1/2013 by Eddyguy from Springfield, MO

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This oar includes a rubber stopper that fits snugly right over the rope wrap.

      Answered on 9/1/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    Are there 1/2" shaft diameter oar locks available that will fit this oar or do you only offer oar locks with 5/8" shaft diameter that will fit this oar?
    Asked on 8/12/2013 by calgaryjet from Calgary

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We do offer our Superston Oarlocks with 1/2" shanks, Item # 77408.01. However, because of the smaller diameter shank we do not recommend them for oars longer than 7.5' or for whitewater or heavy boat rowing.

      Answered on 8/13/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    I've heard that one shouldn't use the set screw on oar rights with this oar. (Rope wrapped) Is that correct? It sounds like one can get away with using oar rights without using the set screw. Apparently drilling into and screwing into this oar compromises the structural integrity of the oar?
    Asked on 7/30/2013 by Wyofisher from Cody, WY

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You heard right. Putting that screw into a wood oar is fine, but it's not recommended in the composite Cataracts or aluminum Carlisles. That screw hole can create a weak spot in the oar shaft.

      Answered on 7/30/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    Will these float? Are any of the oars you carry designed to float?
    Asked on 7/14/2013 by Chris from Glenwood Springs, CO

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Chris, all our oars will float, as long as water doesn't enter the shaft cavity. However, the counterbalance weight in these oars will overpower its ability to float.

      Answered on 7/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These oars do not float. They are merely counterbalanced with the bulk of the weight towards the grip end of the shaft to make for a much more comfortable rowing experience.

      Answered on 7/15/2013 by Paul from Decatur
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The counterbalance will prevent them from floating. Oars without a counterbalance will likely float just fine, but then you lose all the benefit (and gain fatigue) of counterbalanced oars.

      Answered on 7/15/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    Are the plastic oar rights compatible with the rope wrap?
    Asked on 4/6/2013 by quinoa

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, you can clamp the Oar Rights over the rope wrap.

      Answered on 4/6/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. I have both and the oar rights work vet well with the rope wrap.

      Answered on 4/7/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    With wrap and stop doesn't sound like need oar right or sleeve. Is this correct?
    Asked on 4/4/2013 by Steve the newbie

    5 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      That's correct, Steve. With this set-up keeping the blade properly oriented is done with your wrists.

      Answered on 4/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Correct

      Answered on 4/4/2013 by Jteeinc from Lolo, MT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The wrap and rubber stop is all u need. I still use oar rights to keep the blades from twisting sideways in the water when im on anchor. I have them placed high enough on the oar shaft so they arent in my way when im rowing.

      Answered on 4/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You are correct. These oars come ready to go and they rock!!!!!!!!

      Answered on 4/4/2013 by WadeM from Durango, CO
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      That's correct, the rubber donut holds it in place in lieu of a sleeve. Also, unlike a sleeve, the oars can be feathered during the stroke.

      Answered on 4/4/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

    Q:

    Can I get 8'ers with the internal counter weight? (For my wife's play cat.)
    Asked on 11/4/2012 by Michael from United States, Virginia

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes. It will be a custom order. Give us a call - 800.635.5202 - to order.

      Answered on 11/5/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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      4.0

      good oar

      By big Nerm

      from Union OR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Shaft

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

        heavy but that is what it take to balance the oar. Once in the oar lock the balance is superb.

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        5.0

        Rowing is now effortless!

        By Team Schneider

        from Eden, Utah

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable Shaft
        • Good Control
        • Minimizes Fatigue

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Advanced Paddling Techniques
          • Day Trips
          • River Running
          • Teaching Technique

          Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

          Upgraded our 30 year old setup on drift boat. Now nobody wants to fish, They all want to use these oars! Combine with lightweight carbon razor oar blades for the perfect oar for control and performance even for beginners, worth every penny. Will also upgrade raft setup with these.

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          5.0

          Takes the work out of it

          By Patty cakes

          from Michigan

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Control
          • Minimizes Fatigue

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • River Running

            Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

            My rig was a monster to row now it is a nice relaxed row. We can concentrate more on the fishing

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            5.0

            Love these oars

            By Harley

            from Spokane, WA

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

                  I was surprised how heavy these felt out of the box, but once in the oarlocks they are sublime. I bought them for my wife's first boat since she doesn't have much arm strength, and now I am jealous. Still has the great feel of standard Cataract shafts.

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                  4.0

                  Great Oars

                  By Paul

                  from Decatur

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Feels solid
                  • Great look
                  • Nice balance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Day Trips
                    • Rivers
                    • Rowing my Hyde

                    Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

                    While I was looking for new oars, I read several blogs. The greater majority raved about the Cataract counter-balanced oars. After finally getting out on the water with them today, I understand what all of the hype was about. These oars have a solid but flexible feel, and they look great, too.

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