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The blade for your heavy-duty shaft.
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If you like this blade...
If you like this blade you'll love carlisle's guide stick.
My wife on Moab daily
Durable and economical
Used these blades when working for a commercial outfitter on the Colorado. These are pretty big blades that give you a lot of purchase (may be a little rough on your body if not conditioned). There were pretty durable but a couple guides I worked with had a couple shark bites in their blades (usually from rigging and derigging). I never saw a blade break but saw a few bent oar shafts. Economical and if you break a blade or bend an oar these are replaceable/detachable. There are nicer stuff out there but not at this price.
Do ;you have 8 1/2 foot with the blade in...
Do ;you have 8 1/2 foot with the blade in the Carlile Oar? I heard Carlile went out of business, I run a beach in NJ and always used Carlie's and can't find them. We row fiberglass Asay's.
They just have what is available in their drop down menu. 6.5 and 8