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Forward-Facing Oar
Anyone who's ever rowed a boat knows that the biggest problem is trying to see where you're going because, by necessity, you always face backwards. Robert Rimmey, Millheim, Penn., says he's come up with a solution to the problem with his "reverse fulcrum" oar.
The paddle and handle on the oar remain the same but Rimmey inserts a hinge in the middle that converts the oar stroke into a reverse motion. The result is that the oarsman can sit facing forward and using the same stroke, travel ahead.
"It takes your mind off where you're going and lets you concentrate on making an even stroke," says Rimmey, noting that he hopes the new style oar helps make rowing the popular pastime it once was. "It's one of the best possible exercises for the upper body."
Rimmey plans to line up a manufacturer to make the oar.
He may also make plans available for do-it-yourselfers.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert R. Rimmey, 103 Race St., P.O. Box 375, Millheim, Penn. 16845.

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #1