Injection molded oar blades for high whitewater adventure.
Cataract® Oars molds all of our blade models of high-density structural urethane. These oar blades are built to take a beating. And why not? We’re pairing them with the most robust oar shafts on the market—they’d better keep up. And they do. Every blade is built with pocketed grooves on the shaft insert. These serve a triple purpose: they allow us to shave off a bit of weight, they allow an escape for river grit (instead of grinding about between shaft and insert), and they make for easier blade installation and removal. All Cataract oar blades sport an o-ring on the insert for a snug fit into the shaft. And, since all of our blades feature Cataract® Oars’ convenient push-button, no tools are needed for blade interchangeability. On the go, on the river, you can easily swap oar blades, shafts and whatnot, giving you endless possibilities. Need the Magnum™ II blades on your X Wound™ shafts for that rough stretch of rapids? Change ’em in seconds. Want to put the Streamlite™ blades on your SGG™ shafts for a day of drift boat fishing? Done.
The Streamlite™ Lightweight, Shallow Water Blade
Cataract® Oars’ has continually innovated the way we enjoy rivers for more than 30 years. Now, we’re doing it again with our lightest blade yet! The Streamlite™ oar blade shares the same asymmetric, water hugging shape Cutthroat rowers love for shallow water while shedding excess weight and maintaining all the muscle for the ultimate in performance. Weighing in at 2 ½ pounds, the Streamlite™ is one of the lightest blades on the market. Built for drift boats, great for any raft, the Streamlite™ blades will keep you rowing long after everyone else turns in for the day.
The Cutthroat™ shallow water drift boat blade. Perfect for fly fishing enthusiasts.
The long-awaited shallow water drift boat blade from Cataract Oars. The Cutthroat blade’s asymmetric profile places more of the blade below the surface in low water conditions. With so much blade submerged, you’ve got something you can really pull on.
Greater control for shallow-water drift boat fishing.
The Cutthroat oar blade lets you say goodbye to those short, choppy strokes. No more scraping away at gravel bars with your blade tips. No more tickling the riverbed. We gave the Cutthroat blade its scooped shape so that you can avoid such annoyances and concentrate on your primary purpose: catching fish.
Greater submerged oar blade surface area allows for maximum propulsion in low water conditions. This translates into you controlling your drift boat with a lot less effort. With the Cutthroat shallow water blade, you’ll be able to put your drift boat exactly where you want it. And keep it there!
The Magnum II whitewater oar blade.
The most popular oar blade sold by Cataract Oars, the Magnum II features a high-grade urethane body molded around a stiff composite core. This combination lends moderate flex and unparalleled strength to the blade. With 7″ of width, it displaces a lot of water. You’ll feel it, too, when you surge forward every time you give it a good heave on the river. The teardrop shape is a favorite among rowers, and it has quickly become the workhorse of the blade fleet.
The Cataract oar blade. Built for whitewater.
This is the original Cataract Oars blade offering. It remains a fixture for rowers who value durability combined with enhanced buoyancy. While all of our oar blades float, none bob so vigorously as the Cataract. Hence the blade’s sobrioquet: “floater.” Cataract Oars offers an optional tip protector to envelop the Cataract’s lower extremity in a rugged sheath of dip-molded rubber.
The Cataract Oar blade, with tip protector.
This blade is already sturdy as heck, but with the tip protector added, it’s almost indestructible. The Cataract oar blade measures 6 1/4” in width. If you are looking for something that is going to get you anywhere you want to go, this is the blade to have. Don’t take a chance with a blade that won’t do the work for you.