is referring to the Lendal modified crankshaft which has the blade following the hand. The hand reaches the hip before the blade. Its a nice crankshaft and this design allows the blade to easily and instantly orient itself in the water upon the catch and during the stroke. Makes it easy to maintain a loose grip on the shaft.
I've drilled Lendal shafts before to achieve just what you're after. Its best done using a drill press if you have access to one. A helper is handy if you don't have the means to clamp the shaft tube securely. One person holds the tube while the other operates the press. Standard style bits work well and you don't need a lot of speed for the task. I do it in two steps. Dress the edges of the new hole with a small dowel and some 400-600 grit wet/dry paper.
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