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Re: [Skyepiker] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Sounds good. I additionally suggest that you add an adjustable strap to brace your feet against. Even with mild exertion rowing you will need the strap to counter your force.

Looking forward to the pictures.
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Re: [cpierce] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
A strap and a pipe for feet. The strap alone can get tangled up as it will be long because of the short tube.
Only other thing I can think of that you might encounter will be hitting your hands on the tube or side bags. The Escape is 6' long and I clipped the side bags bad. Could not get a good stroke because of how small it is and that again was probably at least a foot longer.



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Re: [Skyepiker] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
So how did the oars work out for you? Any pics of the finished product?

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Re: [albinotrout] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Wow... just realised it has been 8 years since I posted this thread! After many lost fights to get float tubing to be allowed in Singapore, I have finally bought my first float tube and have decided to bring it across the border to play in Malaysia.
I got my Caddies Premier at a great price with free shipping from the states just before Christmas (but only delivered 1 week ago)
Now, I am pending a few more items which will allow me to DIY oars onto my tube. And also add on some other necessities...
Can someone point me to some links that can get me started with DIY of rod holder, camera holders and whatnot?
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Take a look a time some of tubedudeís stuff to get an idea on how to rig your craft.

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Re: [albinotrout] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
albinotrout wrote:
Take a look a time some of tubedudeís stuff to get an idea on how to rig your craft.
thank you! will do that!
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Welcome back Alan. Glad you got a tube to work with. I checked out a pic of it and it looks like you have enough front deck in front of the pockets to install an oar lock setup.

My recommendation is to see what components are available and then work out a small wood or PVC square platform to strap down in that area to which you can fasten the oarlocks.

Let me know if you need any specific help in designing. Post a pic of the oar lock and fittings you get and I can better suggest a mounting.

Don't know what the freight would be but I have all the fittings for a Scadden oar lock that I took off my Escape. Cheap.

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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Caddis Inspire has oars, maybe will give you idea of where to place oar and footbar location.

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Re: [TubeDude] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Thank you tubedude. Iíve bought an oar lock. See pic... will this suffice?
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
That is the kind I have.

Now you need to figure a way to strap it down securely enough to row. And be sure to leave the tube partially deflated when you cinch down the straps. That way the final inflation will add to the tightness of the straps.

You might want to glue or screw your mounts onto a piece of wood or plexiglass...with the straps sandwiched in between...adjusting so that the fasteners on the straps are at a good spot.

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Re: [TubeDude] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Oh? I was still thinking about glueing it straight onto the tube. Haha. That wonít work? I have to strap it on?
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
From what I could tell by looking at the pic, you might be able to just glue them on. But not sure what the cover material is or how strong it might be against the strain of using the oars. With a strap-on mount you can make minor adjustments for position without having to fight an original (incorrect) glue mount. And the attachment would probably be stronger too if you used good strapping.

A big problem with gluing is finding the right adhesive that is strong and waterproof over time.

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Re: [TubeDude] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
I also bought these paddle holders.

Btw, whatís a good way to install a foot rest? Strap? Or a harder material?
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Re: [TubeDude] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
I see. Thank you. That made sense! What are the type of straps you guys are using? I will try to grab them off amazon if itís available there.
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
After buying many float tubes, waders and other outdoor items I have a box full of various straps and fasteners. I might suggest something at least 1 to 1.5 inches...and 2 straps per oarlock for stability.

If you have a military surplus store anywhere nearby, that is a good place to look.

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Re: [TubeDude] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Is there a link somewhere for me to look at pics of how to install a foot rest? I have difficulty navigating in the forums.
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Alan_Ang wrote:
Is there a link somewhere for me to look at pics of how to install a foot rest? I have difficulty navigating in the forums.

Post #74 has attached pictures of a frame that could be adapted on the other end for a foot bar. Two pieces of PVC tubing would be bent into a curve to line up with the pontoon's shape for a drop down if desired. Adjustments would have to be made in order to go around your proposed oar locks.

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Re: [pontoonman] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
pontoonman wrote:
Alan_Ang wrote:
Is there a link somewhere for me to look at pics of how to install a foot rest? I have difficulty navigating in the forums.

Post #74 has attached pictures of a frame that could be adapted on the other end for a foot bar. Two pieces of PVC tubing would be bent into a curve to line up with the pontoon's shape for a drop down if desired. Adjustments would have to be made in order to go around your proposed oar locks.

PM

thank you. i will go take a look. :)
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Re: [pontoonman] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
pontoonman wrote:
Alan_Ang wrote:
Is there a link somewhere for me to look at pics of how to install a foot rest? I have difficulty navigating in the forums.

Post #74 has attached pictures of a frame that could be adapted on the other end for a foot bar. Two pieces of PVC tubing would be bent into a curve to line up with the pontoon's shape for a drop down if desired. Adjustments would have to be made in order to go around your proposed oar locks.

PM

hi pontoonman, do u know where i can install the foot rests?
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
The Caddis Inspire does not seem to have a foot bar or strap, probably means the oarrs are only meant for shallow water propulsion or for maneuvering.. I agree with post #64, thinking there won't be an increase of speed or range using oars with the tube sitting that low. Some of the pictures you posted for the Japanese boats show a foot strap , but your feet will be underwater, and it will not be solid enough to exert strong force Plus tangling may be an issue.
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Re: [pontoonman] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
For a solid foot bar, you will need to sew in d-rings at the 2 pontoon tips. Add two struts one to each side, which are fastened at the the D rings at the bags and at the tips. Fasten a crossbar between the two struts to rest your feet.
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Re: [peter805] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Oars are a big plus when rowing against the wind. And, I don't know if I am the only one, but a couple of times I have gotten hamstring cramps when using fins against the wind. That really complicates the finning.
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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
I know this is an older post, but these look awesome. Could you share the link where you found these? Would be nice to turn a float tube into a hybrid when necessary.
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Re: [FloatTubeFisher] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
A lot of the tubes out there have cloth covers, the glue on would be iffy. Not strong enough to hold it well. NFO and Outcast offer tubes with oars already but if you want to try your own, you could probably score all the parts here or other inflatable raft sites
https://www.inflatableboats.net/...R5hfIaQaAvYYEALw_wcB



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Re: [Alan_Ang] how to add oars to a float tube? In reply to
Hmm, this is a really old thread, but showed up at the top of the posts list - thought I'd add my 2 cents.

Here's my attempt to add oars to a Cumberland float tube. So far it's lasted about 3 years: https://www.floattubefishing.com/...to-your-float-tube/.
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