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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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Rowing Yacht

by Angus Rowboats

Finally – it’s done. The past many months have been dedicated to designing and building the first coastal cruising rowboat that’s truly practical.

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Wooden Hollow Shaft Sculling Oar Plans Completed!

by Angus Rowboats

There have been a few delays, but we’ve finally completed our comprehensive manual and plans for building exquisite hollow-shaft sculling oars.  The plans are full-sized, laser printed on a ten foot long sheet, and the illustrated manual is very comprehensive.

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Developing the RowCruiser Sailing Rig

by Angus Rowboats

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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Tents Vs Cabins in Rowboats

by Colin Angus

A few people have asked about the possibility of using a tent in an open rowboat such as the Oxford Wherry. The idea of using your boat for shelter as well as transportation can be appealing. This is a subject I am well versed in, having lived for months at a time in row boats with either tents or small cuddies for shelter, on voyages ranging from rowing the length of the Amazon River to rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Sculling Oars

by Angus Rowboats

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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Fixed Seat Rowing Geometry

by Angus Rowboats

The geometry of fixed seat rowing is completely different from sliding seat rowing, but equally important for performance and comfort. There are many variables including length of oars, location of rowing seat relative to the boat, position of foot brace, height of oarlocks above seat, height of oars, height of seat above bilge, and the spread of the oarlocks. Additionally, there are factors to consider with the oars, such as spoon blade vs flat and weighted vs non weighted handles. 

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About our Sailing RowCruiser

by Angus Rowboats

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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