Plans/Manual for Sailing RowCruiser Now Available

Plans/Manual for Sailing RowCruiser Now Available

by Colin Angus

We’d hoped to have the plans available for the sailing RowCruiser months ago, but it’s been a long process.  The sailing rig is very detail oriented, and the manual required countless diagrams and corresponding text to clarify the process. Needless to say, we’re excited to finally have it all finished so others can start building their own.

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A Speed Comparison of Kayaks, Rowboats, Canoes, SUPS and Pedal boats

A Speed Comparison of Kayaks, Rowboats, Canoes, SUPS and Pedal boats

by Colin Angus 7 Comments

I’m often asked what is the fastest type of human powered boat.  How do surf skis, SUPs (stand up paddleboards), etc. hold up against one another?   I’ve decided to take the time to rank and compare the various modes of human powered aquatic propulsion.  Direct comparisons between craft are hard to come by, and relative performance can vary significantly depending on weather/water conditions.  

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About our R2AK 2016 Attempt

About our R2AK 2016 Attempt

by Colin Angus 1 Comment

Race to Alaska is 1200 km boat race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.  It is comprised of two stages – Port Townsend to Victoria, BC, and then Victoria to Ketchikan.  The rules of the race are very simple; no motorized propulsion, anything else goes.  Anything from a one-man kayak, to a 60 person rowing/sailing Viking ship can be used.  First to reach the finish line gets $10,000.

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RowCruiser Build Workshop Sept. 19-25

RowCruiser Build Workshop Sept. 19-25

by Angus Rowboats

For those interested in attending our RowCruiser Workshop on Sept. 19-25, 2015, you can find more information on www.rowcruiser.com. It will be held at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend - a fun place for the nautically inclined.

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Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Sliding Seat Rowing System

Everything You Need to Know About Installing a Sliding Seat Rowing System

by Angus Rowboats

Sliding seat rowing is an efficient way to propel a boat, while providing a fantastic full-body workout.  To enjoy the advantages of sliding seat rowing, however, it is important to install a properly-designed rowing system in your boat.  For those new to the sport it can be a confusing process with many options available.

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About our Sailing RowCruiser

About our Sailing RowCruiser

by Angus Rowboats 4 Comments

Part of the motivation behind our efforts to design the sailing version of the RowCruiser came from the Race to Alaska (R2AK).  As competitors in the race, we wanted something that was fast by oar and sail and could be raced non-stop for more than one week by two people.

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Why Build?

Why Build?

by Angus Rowboats

Building your own boat from a kit or plans is a satisfying and enjoyable process. You will have a clear understanding of how the boat is constructed, and easily be able to make repairs if needed.

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Developing the RowCruiser Sailing Rig

Developing the RowCruiser Sailing Rig

by Angus Rowboats 1 Comment

Interest in our RowCruiser is quickly growing, and there are now a few dozen currently being built.  We also completed our first RowCruiser build class last week, and it was a huge success. Our next RowCruiser build class, scheduled for next September in Port Townsend, is already two thirds full, so if you'r interested in attending be sure to sign up soon (www.rowcruiser.com).

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R2AK - Race to Alaska: Who will win?

R2AK - Race to Alaska: Who will win?

by Colin Angus 4 Comments

With the upcoming R2AK challenge, there has been a lot of speculation as to what types of boats will be entered, and potential speeds and finishing times.  I’ve spent a bit of time contemplating these questions myself, and will share my thoughts on this blog.  The race is open to all types of motor-less boats from SUPs to higher performance multi-hull boats.  While all boats are welcome, it is obvious that the organizers have an emphasis on smaller and/or home built craft.

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Rowing and Your Health

Rowing and Your Health

by Angus Rowboats

Currently the two main types of human-powered recreational craft in usage are canoes and sea kayaks.  There is no reason, however, why rowing can’t be used for touring, and the sport offers several distinct advantages.

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Racing to Alaska

Racing to Alaska

by Colin Angus 6 Comments

Well, I've officially committed to the big race that everyone is talking about. The NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend is launching its inaugural race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska. The rules are simple – no motor allowed, and there are two waypoints boaters have to pass through on their way north – Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella. And the winner gets $10,000.

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Everything You Need to Know About Sculling Oars

Everything You Need to Know About Sculling Oars

by Angus Rowboats 8 Comments

There’s plenty of information outlining the benefits of a sliding seat rowing system for recreation, but there is very little information about the oars required. For newcomers to the sport, it can be confusing figuring out what is needed. We decided it was time to write a comprehensive page outlining everything you need to know about sculling oars.

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