Preview: Jim Payne’s Crooked Nutshell Oars

June 14, 2013

Maynard Bray

Our friend Jim Payne has one of the early "big" Nutshell Prams, the 9-footer, with a sailing rig. A few years ago he decided to tweak the oars so they'd stow out of the way against the hull while he was sailing. It's a neat idea that can apply to other sailing dinghies besides Nutshell Prams. Here's a photo, and below it, Jim's description. Thanks, Jim, for sharing this.crooked nutshell pram oars

"The oar that’s outboard to port is shown in the sailing position—resting in the thwart-stowed oarlock, and tucked behind the lifejacket pouch/backrest. The other oar is laying alongside it here just to give you an idea of the curve.  (It’s normally stowed in the oarlock on the opposite side of the boat.)

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