How to Mount Oar Locks on Plastic Boats

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How to Mount Oar Locks on Plastic Boats
Make sure your oars fit through your oar locks before attaching the locks. (oars image by Christopher Hall from

Oar locks are designed to help guide your oar stroke and to keep the oar from slipping around. Plastic boats may or may not come equipped with oar locks. If you do not have oar locks, you can purchase some and attach them to the boat. Make sure you position the oar locks properly before you attach them so you have a comfortable oar stroke. Remember to buy enough oar locks for all of your oars.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Painter's tape
  • PVC boat glue
  • Acetone
  • Old toothbrush
  • boat oars

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  1. 1

    Buy plastic oar locks that are compatible with your oars. Make sure you get enough oar locks, as there should be one oar lock for each oar that you intend to use. These can be obtained from many online sources and some marine supply stores.

  2. 2

    Prepare your boat surface by cleaning it with acetone and allow it to dry thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Decide where you want your oar lock to be located. Make sure to consider how long your oar stoke is. The average oar lock is 12 to 18 inches in front of the seat on the top side ledge of the boat.

  4. 4

    Mark the top ledge area on the boat with a permanent marker and outline it with painter's tape. Measure the distance with a ruler so you get them all evenly spaced if you are mounting more than one.

  5. 5

    Use an old toothbrush to apply three coats of PVC boat glue to the boat and to the oar lock. Wait five minutes before applying the second coat, and 10 minutes between the second and third coat.

  6. 6

    Allow 10 minutes to pass before you press the oar lock onto the boat. Make sure the oar will run directly parallel to the boat seat when it is inserted through the oar lock hole. Clean any excess glue with acetone.

  7. 7

    Repeat Step 6 for all other oar locks.

  8. 8

    Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before taking the boat out.

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