With the oar lock blocks made and epoxied in place, I applied two coats of high gloss spar varnish and secure them with #10 stainless 1,1/4″ screws. You need to drill the holes out to just the right size for a good solid fit. I tested the hole size first on a scrap piece of oak. Once I selected the proper hole size, I drilled the holes and tightened in the screws. I designed the blocks to fit just below the top the the coaming. I wanted the installed oar locks to fit just below the coaming top for a smooth top line.
I’m now ready to build my break-down oars using the fiberglass connector kit offered by Duck Works.