A reader asked…. “I am in the process of trying to rig oar locks on a 24 foot aluminum shanty boat. Does anyone have any information on this endeavor. Pictures of different setup would be nice. I am building a rear deck to setup one oar system. And I will be setting up locks on the front deck also. so I may need different ideas for each location. With the amount of boat building on this site I hope that some may be able to help.”
Well… I’d do Sweeps. They are the giant oars used to propel a shantyboat down rivers. Actually, the theory is that the river current is what moves the boat, but a pair of large sweeps, long arms with a broad board as a paddle, can be used to control the pathway of the shantyboat within the river’s current. They were used by Anna and Harlan Hubbard on their journeys, as told in Shantyboat, and if one looks through vintage shantyboat stories in old books and magazines, you’ll see their frequent mention.
It’s a nice image, isn’t it? A comfy seat on the front deck of your boat, with a gentle sweep of the huge oar nudging your boat in the right direction.
I’ll write more on this later, but here’s where I am on MY sweep project so far:
This was my inspiration. More on this later too:
The idea is to make them light by using the layers. Mount them on a post with a large “pin” in the top. The sweep has a hole that is larger than the pin, so it can pivot about… or so it appears to me.
Originally posted 2015-07-08 07:39:31.