August 2008 --
There are times when you really need to keep the oars on the dinghy, but having them clipped along the sides can be annoying.
Also, I needed to store them somewhere,
so I made a little bag for them.
My oars are in two pieces that snap together.
Here's a close up of the loop construction.
I like to sew a scrap of leather inside loops, so they won't chafe through over time.
For awnings and things, I'll take a piece of webbing and cover it with sunbrella,
then line the inside with a leather scrap.
But, for this little bag,
that would be overkill.
Here's the bag,
turned inside out.
I put some leather at the foot of the bag, so the oars don't wear through the bag over time.
This was a bit of overkill,
but what the heck.
I sewed another loop and ring into the top of the bag.
All that sunbrella and leather was really thick, and my sewing machine was having a hard time working though it.
So I reinforced it by hand, with waxed polyester thread.