Maintenance and Cleaning Dreher Sculls and Oars for Maximum Life


Dreher Sculls have been designed to last. However, there are a few things you can do to make them last even longer.

  1. Clean the sculls, use white spirit twice a year – this removes all grease and watermarks.
  2. Wash the handles using detergent and a sponge to keep grips grease-free.  Do this every week.
  3. When you come in to land turn the spoons so the tips are down to the ground and don’t allow them to scrape along the bank as this wears out the back of the spoon. The back of the spoon is important for hydrodynamic lift.
  4. Pushing off from the bank, square the blade so it pushes equally off the length of the spoon tip so one part doesn’t wear more than others.

Ultimately, the sculls will wear out. But the original Dreher design is modular. It is comprised three parts – handle, shaft and spoon. If you want to replace one part we can do this for you. For example, if the corners of your spoons are worn we can replace just the spoons and you can re-use the shafts and handles and get a refurbished set of sculls for a good price.  Note this modularity does not apply to Aero Sculls.

Dreher spare parts

  • Scull blade
  • Scull shaft with button and sleeve
  • Scull handle – small, medium or large (diameter 3.3 cm; 3.5 cm and 3.7 cm)
  • Grip wrap tape for Sculls
  • Labour £25 per hour. It’ll take one hour to change the spoon or shaft. You can replace the handles yourself with an 8mm spanner.

Read more about Dreher products.

Below are few related links which might be useful.  All blog posts categorised Dreher.

  • How to paint Dreher sculls
  • How to choose oars and sculls
  • How to set up Dreher Round (Apex-R) sculls
  • How to check pitch on oars and sculls

Installing grip wrap tape on sculls


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