Re: It looks pretty, but…

Posted by CLC on Mar 22, 2007

Many years ago I built a similar system out of laminated plywood for a rowing shell. It suffered from a lot of flexing, even after I braced it with some aluminum tubes running forward from the oarlocks to the sheerline of the boat. The flexing drains away the power of the stroke.

I've built several sliding seat systems from scratch and they were always a giant hassle, very expensive in time and almost always expensive in materials. And as Bob-Darryl mentions, establishing the correct relationship between seat and oarlock is mystifying. I had to keep driving over to a boathouse to copy measurements off the racing shells. The drop-in sliding seat units, either Piantedosi or Alden, are just light years ahead.

In Response to: Re: It looks pretty, but… by George K on Mar 22, 2007