Whilst putting some oars away this evening I see we are now needing six oars on one rack. I wondered if we could adapt the rack to make it safer. As we are getting more oars soon and we will need to keep six on one rack, I thought we could add a bit at the end to keep them on. Ivor thought perhaps we could weld a piece of metal and then tape it so it doesn't damage the oars or a bit of wood with a dowel bit cut out.
I just think that they are so close to the edge it would only need a tap and an oar would fall and then cause others to fall!
I am not technical at all but will help someone if they have the skills and tools for the job.
You can use the beams - I covered them with carpet to protect heads for the vertically blessed and also as an over-spill store for oars if necessary, should do as a short term fix until a more permanent mod can be done.
I looked at the rack today, I'll cut some square section steels to go on the ends of the existing arms, they will be welded on at 45degs to act as a restraint.
I'll probably take the racks to the workshop and do them there in a controlled environment.
As Alan said, the overhead carpeted beams are a good over spill for now until I get set up for the welding.
A thought occurred to me after our conversation yesterday regarding the oar rack - what about colour coding the up-stands with tape to correspond to the coloured tape on each set of oars, pretty foolproof I would think and much simpler than a chart on the wall.