There long, ungainly and important. But, how to store them? This seems to be the vexing problem, especially if you want oars over 8′ long. And, if you settle for 8′ oars they will be a little too short.
Well, you’ve seen my 9′ break down oars. Now, let’s store them.
I wanted a system that held the oars securely even if the boards were removed. Meet the basic bungie cord. Both ends are knotted inside the wet storage locker. This keeps the system trim. I drilled 4 holes into the wet storage area (2 for the blade & 2 for the handle). There is a knot between the blade loop and handle loop (also located inside the wet storage area) to keep the handle loop from drawing tight.
Starboard side Upfront: I moved the CB uphaul line up higher on the seat longitudinal. It provided just enough room for the oars to run underneath them. The bungie keep things from shifting inboard and provides a nice spot to tend the CB uphaul line. The water gutter again provides a nice notch for the bottom oar to rest.
I’m happy with this basic system. Now moving my attention to fender stowage. I do not want these things inside my boat.