Our drop-in rowing unit is designed to work with all our boats. It can also be used in many other vessel designs such as canoes or CLC rowing craft. We have tested this system with over 10,000 miles of rowing, often in extreme conditions, without failure.
This system was designed as an inexpensive and lightweight alternative to the standard drop-in rowing units which weigh 20-24 lbs and start at about $650. Our system weighs 14 lbs (with carbon fiber seat), and total cost to build is about $350.
Our kits include high-quality components, stainless hardware, plans and manual. Additional materials required are wood, epoxy supplies, and paint. If you’ve completed a boatbuilding project you likely will have leftover glass/epoxy that can be used. The wood used to build the illustrated unit cost $23 at our local Home Depot.
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Please note that our system is distinctly different from another common design with curved laminate wood riggers affixed to the sliding frame. The curved laminate rigger is notorious for having too much flex for effective rowing. Our riggers are bolted securely to the gunwales, providing a solid connection to the boat keeping flex to a minimum.
These rigger/seat kits work in other small boats such as canoes, wherries and small dories. Please visit our support page for more information on using our system on other boats, or contact us with any questions you might have. Minor modifications need to be made to customize it for each of our designs.
To view the construction process, please visit our construction photo gallery.
Watch the video below for an overview of the Sliding Seat and Rigger System.
The basic plans package provides full sized templates for all wooden parts and a 10 page instruction manual. Third party hardware can then be attached to the system (oarlocks, footcups, tracks, seat, etc).
The sliding seat hardware package includes all the hardware (rowing components and stainless steel), plans, and instructions. You will need to provide the wood, epoxy and fiberglass.
There are two options for the sliding seat and rigger hardware kit: carbon fiber seat with wheel bearings ora traditional double-action maple seat. The maple seat weighs 3 lbs, and the carbon fiber is 1 lb 1oz. Carbon fiber seats can also be purchased individually.
The content of the kits is identical apart from the seat and tracks. The cabon fiber seat kit includes 35 inch aluminum tracks and the wooden seat kit includes 32 inch aluminum tracks. 32” is ample length, even for those with long legs, however, they may need to be adjusted (moved back or forward) for different sized rowers. The longer tracks can accommodate a greater range of leg lengths without requiring adjustment.
Both carbon fibre or wooden seat kits also include the following items:
Build Time 10-15 hours
View kit contents (displaying wooden seat).
To purchase the Sliding Seat and Rigger Kit or Plans please click on the red link below.
Sliding Seat/Rigger Hardware Kit with Carbon Fiber Seat ($299 USD)
Find out what other people have to say about their experience building the Sliding Seat and Rigger System.
The unit (sliding seat rower) works great, it's fitted to an Australian built " Rosco Basscatcher fishing canoe". - Brian E., Australia
|I've had a great time building and now rowing the new boat. Now I'll leave the Hudson racing shell in the boathouse when it's rough. - Sandy B., Ohio|
|We have had a customer fit one of your rowing kits to our Basscatcher 500 with great success and we now have another enquiry for a similar fitout. - Dan, Rosco Canoes, Australia|
|I trained with this boat last spring and embarked on a 9 day trip. The boat itself was flawless and solid...the latter being what truly sets it apart from the traditional kayak.
- John C., Vancouver
|My wife has decided she wants a slider too. I knew this was going to happen once she tried mine. - Phil W., Washington|