Bernie appeared today, he who helped out Clearing the Trees
felled by the wind. He brought the pair of oars that he mentioned he had, or had access to. I was never quite sure if they were his or he simply knew someone who had a surplus pair.
We agreed a price and I now I have a boat that should do all I need in terms of lake maintenance.
My first trip wasn't without incident. I knew the rowlocks were not secured in the hull, but thought that even if I lifted them out with the oar, the gap at the top was so narrow that they'd stay with the oar. Not so! Somehow in lifting the oar I twisted it sufficiently that one of the rowlocks slipped to a point where the oar was narrow enough for it to slip off and fall in the water.
That's why there are now a new pair of rowlocks on the boat and a Sea Searcher magnet in my tool box. Why both is another story!