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Denman Marine Newsletter

Hi, and welcome to the latest Denman Marine newsletter. 

In this month's newsletter we have;

  • Shape Your Own Oars
  • Customer Build Update
  • Website Additions
  • Barton Marine - Deck and Mast Base Organisers

If there is anything you would like to see in our future newsletters, discuss, query or order, please contact us via the contact form on our website.

Shape Your Own Oars

Oarmaking is really something of a woodcarving exercise, and thus falls closer to the category of artwork rather than carpentry.  But we all need oars for our small boats, CLC has resolved to make it possible for the average woodworker to turn out a beautiful pair of oars from scratch.

Plans for oars may be found in various boatbuilding books and magazine articles.  We've reviewed them all;  intentionally or not, they are really only suited for experts.  At least, it takes an expert who can visualize how to transfer architectural drawings to a raw blank of wood.  This can be a deterrent, or simply insurmountable, for an otherwise worthy woodworker.

What is needed is a lot of detail, comprehensive step-by-step instructions, and full-sized patterns to make it easy to transfer the subtle shapes to the lumber.  John Harris and the CLC team spent six months designing, prototyping, and documenting the assembly and shaping of elegant traditional oars.  These oars are ideal for any fixed-seat hull from a 7-foot dinghy to a performance pulling boat, and everything in between.

For builders with a little more experience, all you need is the spiral-bound shop manual.  The manual contains highly detailed drawings for oars in sizes from 6'0" to 9'6", and step-by-step construction photos of unprecedented detail.  Armed with the manual and a couple of planks of spruce or the like, you will soon have a very efficient and attractive pair of oars.

For faster and more accurate construction, no matter what your skill level, we offer computer-cut patterns and templates in eight sizes from 6'0" to 9'6".  These pattern kits include full-sized templates for the elevation and plan view, and a completely unique jig to guide the subtle shaping of the blades.  The kits also include a special gauge for eight- and sixteen-siding the blanks as you plane the shafts round.

We think these oar plans and patterns will create not only superior oars for your classic small boat, but a shop project that's as satisfying as any woodworking project can be.

See our CLC Oar page for further details and pricing, otherwise please contact us if you would like any further information.

Customer Build Update 

Here we have some pictures that have been sent in during various stages of kit construction.

We are always thrilled to see your project during any phase of construction, so please send us in your pictures so that we may publish them in future newsletters for everyone to enjoy.

Tim's Teardrop Camper Christmas

Paul's Annapolis Wherry


Paul's Annapolis Wherry

Paul's Annapolis Wherry

Paul's Annapolis Wherry

 Website Additions and Updates

Barton Marine Deck and Mast Base Organisers

The Barton Marine Deck Organisers are available in two sheave sizes as well as 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-sheave models and are designed for use when leading control lines and halyards across the coach roof, back to the cockpit.

This range features aluminium construction with 'Spectro' grey anodised finish. Sheaves are from moulded Acetal with hollow stainless rivets to allow easy and tidy fitting.

Mast base organiser

The Barton Mast Base Organiser is finished in Barton Marine's unique 'Spectro' grey anodising for a long-lasting finish.

It accepts up to four double tang blocks mounted on individual stainless steel swivel posts, but with just three deck fixing points.

The unit is fitted close to the mast base to accept halyards, reefing lines and topping lift and is designed to work in conjunction with our range of deck organisers, rope clutches and winches, doing away with the need to leave the cockpit when reefing, hoisting or lowering the mainsail.

We can supply anything from Barton Marine's wide range of products. See here to view their range, otherwise please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contact form to discuss your next boat or project.

You can find our previous newsletters here.

All prices listed above are in Australian Dollars and include GST.




Denman Marine Pty Ltd ATF | ABN: 54779786053
2888 Channel Highway Kettering
Tasmania 7155








Denman Marine Pty Ltd ATF | ABN: 54779786053 | 2888 Channel Highway Kettering, Tasmania 7155