Nothing beats messing about on the river for pure enjoyment! Imagine being on a boat, relaxing with someone special or by yourself, gently pulling the oars of a rowing boat across the river or even out to sea (but don’t go too far out, otherwise you might end up in the shipping lane of an international ferry!). You could be enjoying yourself to the fullest, enjoying some “me time”.
Oars and nautical equipment are an integral component of propelling a boat, and might just have captured your interest! Are you passionate about rowing or sailing? First take a moment to appreciate how powerful human ingenuity has been and that we still use these objects today as they’ve stood the test of time! If you want to learn more about the nautical way of life, consider the Day Skipper Course from www.solentboattraining.co.uk/rya-sailing-courses/rya-day-skipper-practical-sailing
Let’s make one thing very clear – an oar is not the same thing as a paddle; an oar has only one flat blade at each end while paddles feature two. A traditional rowing boat typically contains two oars for propulsion through water.
Oars can be traced back to Neolithic times as an effective means of propulsion on boats and have also been employed to propel Greek and Roman Triremes and Galleys; most slaves helped propel these ships too; the film Ben Hur shows this well. Most modern day oars are still made out of wood while more luxurious sporting ones may feature carbon fibre construction.