Buy a Rowing Boat

Rowing boats come in all shapes and sizes, depending on whether it is for recreation or competition, and where you intend to row - inland or coastal. However for those starting out a general purpose rowing boat is ideal. 

Types of Rowing Boat

For those wishing to row on coastal waters, a 'Gig' may be more appropriate as these boats are built withstand the forces of the ocean. If you have a competitive egde, racing boats are designed for speed and cut through the water with ease although only suitable for flat calm water areas such as rivers and lakes.

Recreational boats are generally wide for stability and have fixed seats to accommodate a crew of 1-6 people who use wooden oars to power the boat. Single and double boats are steered by the rowers pulling harder on one side of the boat, whereas in larger boats a steersman controls the steering using a rudder. Rowing boats designed for the river have a flat bootom whereas boats designed for sea trips, such as Gigs, usually have a keel that enables them to cut through waves.

Racing boats are long and narrow for speed, and have sliding seats so the rower/s can use their legs to generate additional power to the oars. Racing boats come in 1, 2, 4, and 8 crew; single and double boats are steered by the rowers pulling harder on one side of the boat. In larger boats there is a rudder controlled by the coxswain or by one of the crew. Racing oars are typically made of modern synthetic material such as carbon fibre and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

New Single Racing Boat from £7,000
New Coxless Pair Boat from £11,500
New Double Scull Boat from £11,600
New Coxed Pair Boat from £13,000
Recreational Boat from £800

* These costs are only a rough guide and may vary. 

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