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Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

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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.
  • Blades Sold Separately. Shaft lengths are listed here as including the blade. Please see the Specs Tab for ACTUAL shaft lengths
  • 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.
  • 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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Related Videos

  • video: Cataract Oars & Blades
    Cataract Oars & Blades
    Length:5:26
  • video: Cataract Oars in Action Video
    Cataract Oars in Action Video
    Length:1:07
  • video: Cataract Quality Assurance Video
    Cataract Quality Assurance Video
    Length:0:56
  • video: Making of a Cataract Oar Video
    Making of a Cataract Oar Video
    Length:0:27
Sizes:
Shaft Standard Blade
(sold separate)
Approximate Overall Length
80.5" 27" 9'
86.5" 27" 9.5'
92.5" 27" 10'
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
Notes:
  • 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.

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
 
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Pros

  • Comfortable shaft (4)
  • Minimizes fatigue (4)
  • Good control (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Day trip (4)
  • Rivers (4)
  • Rapids paddling (3)
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5.0

Replacement

By cnalder

from mccall, idaho

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Shaft
  • Minimizes Fatigue

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

      Not sure how anyone can float without counterbalanced shafts. These things are awesome. On a Main Salmon River trip recently traded boats for a day with my wife, she doesn't have counterbalanced shafts, and we traded back real quick. I didn't want her to get used to these so I have to shell out $600 in new shafts for her. They are just so comfortable and effortless.

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      5.0

      Best Ever!

      By CreekWalker

      from Philomath, OR

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Shaft
      • Good Control
      • Minimizes Fatigue

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop:

          Love these oars, I have them with the Cataract magnum blades. Made my 16' drift boat feel and handle like a smaller boat.

           
          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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                • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

                  Q:

                  what size of oar do you recommend for a 14 foot nrs boat with the frame that only has room for a cooler. currently have a 9.5 foot carlisle that came with the boat and looking to decide between cataract or sawyer oars? thank you
                  Asked on 4/9/2015 by cw from bend, or

                  2 answers

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Oar length is most dependent on the width of the boat and frame. Some 14' NRS rafts are 6' 6" wide and take a 60" wide frame. Others are 7' wide and take a 66" wide frame. This article gives tips on choosing oar length - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/oarlength.asp - We give ranges because length is somewhat personal preference. Personally, I use 9.5' oars on my E-150, with a 66"W frame. That length choice came years ago when I moved up from a smaller raft to a boat similar in size to the E-150. I ran 8.5' oars on the smaller boat, so I just added 1' oar extenders for the larger boat. Had I had 8' (or 9') oars on the smaller boat, today I might have a different idea of the "ideal" oar length. Cataract and Sawyer both make excellent oars; you won't go wrong with either brand.

                    Answered on 4/10/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    This is a pretty subjective question, as in my opinion, oar size and type
                    is a matter of personal preference that depends on a lot of different
                    factors. Things like the overall width of your boat, the thickness of your
                    tubes, height/position of your oarlocks, rowing style, and type of rivers
                    you regularly run can all affect what type of oar will work best for you.
                    Generally speaking, 9.5' oars seem a little longer that necessary for a 14'
                    boat.
                    I row a 13' Vanguard low profile fishing raft that sits pretty low to the
                    water. I spend most of my time on relatively shallow rivers with a good
                    amount of rocks and obstacles to maneuver around, and I use 8.5' Cataract
                    oars. I originally purchased 9' counterbalanced Cataract oars, but they
                    seemed longer and heavier than what I needed, so I returned them for the
                    8.5' without the counterbalance and have been very happy. They are a
                    little more maneuverable and easier to transport around when trailering or
                    storing the boat and still provide a good amount leverage and comfort while
                    rowing. Hope this helps in your decision.
                    Jeremy
                    Crested Butte, Colorado

                    Answered on 4/10/2015 by Anonymous
                • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

                  Q:

                  I'm going to buy the E-140. Would the Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop by Cataract work on a frame for this boat? What oarlocks are best?
                  Asked on 2/28/2015 by Duane from United States

                  2 answers

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    Hey this is from Richard in Utah. I have a set of the cataracts you were describing. I cannot comment on the oarlocks but what I can tell you is I move them between my drift boat and my NRS 13 foot raft with the rowing frame and they work flawlessly. If I were more than a simple ski area employee I would own two pairs of them and have one on each boat. Best oars I've ever used. I think simple, solid oar locks work just fine as they are so well-balanced. You could use The gunnels of the boat and some 3 inch grabber screws on either end in an emergency and they would probably still work! I don't think you can go wrong good luck. And good rowing
                    Sent from my iPhone

                    Answered on 2/28/2015 by Team Schneider from Eden, Utah
                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes, they'll work fine. I have an E-150, the same width as the 140, and use 9.5' oars. The Atomic Oarlocks, Item # 77433.01, are nice with rope wrap because they are so smooth inside the horns. Some folks, especially fishermen, like the Cobra Oarlocks, # 77409.01, because they allow a greater vertical range of motion.

                    Answered on 2/28/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

                  Q:

                  Is the SGG Counterbalance Shaft available WITHOUT the Wrap and Stop? I have purchased the SGG Counterbalance before (w/o wraps) from a shop, but it does not appear that you have them as a standard order item.
                  Asked on 8/19/2014 by Phillip from Boise, ID

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Philip, we don't stock them without the wrap but can order them for you. Give us a call, 800.635.5202.

                    Answered on 8/21/2014 by Clyde from NRS
                • Cataract SGG Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop

                  Q:

                  I'm interested in the Cataract Sgg Counterbalance Shaft with Wrap & Stop for my Maravia Williwaw 1.5 (15ft length, 7ft width, 21" tubes) and wanted to know if I could get these in 9.5 ft length in the color YELLOW? I'm using 9ft oars now, but thinking to go up to a 9.5ft length. Thanks for letting me know!
                  Asked on 8/16/2014 by Dorie from Portland, OR

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Dorie, we can custom order that for you. Give us a cal, 800.635.5202. The price will be the same as the 10' model.

                    Answered on 8/21/2014 by Clyde from NRS
                • 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

                  • VERIFIED BUYER

                    A:

                    9.5
                    Sent from my iPad

                    Answered on 12/2/2013 by Anonymous
                  • 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
                • 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

                  • 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
                  • 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
                  • 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
                • 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
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