Home Boats and more Coxswains

Singles 1x
A single is a one person boat that has two oars. This boat can be hard for beginners because it is only you and keeping it balanced can be tricky. There are boats that are wider to help with keeping the balance while you learn how to row.
Doubles 2x
A double is a two person sculling (two oars per person) boat. This is easier for beginners because it does have two people. I recommend if you use a double as a beginner to go out with someone who knows what to do. It is easier to row a double than a pair because both people can control both sides where in a pair you one have control of one side.
Pair 2-
A pair is the same as a double but instead of it being a scull is it a sweep (one oar per person) boat. There are pairs that have a coxswain called a straight pair (2+) but they are rare and not used typically in America. The picture you see to your right is a cox less pair. This type of boat is easier to flip but you do get to work more on balancing and smaller things because it is only you and one other person.
Straight (4-) and Coxed Fours (4+)
Fours are very common boat that are used in rowing. High schools tend to have coxed fours because it is easier to have someone else there to steer. With four people it is easier to no flip the boat however because there are four people who are in different mindsets and are working on different things so staying in sync and keep it balanced can be tricky until everyone figures it out. This picture is a cox less four.
Straight (4-) and Coxed Quad (4+)
A quad is a boat that has four people that have two oars and sometimes have a coxswain. Quads tend to be faster than fours people they have 8 oars instead of fours. Quads tend not to have a coxswain but they definitely can. Quads are good for people learning again it might be helpful to row with people who have rowed before. The hardest thing just like a four would be getting in sync with the people around you.
Eight (8+)
Eights are the most common boat. They are the only boats that always have a coxswain at all times. Just like fours, there are eights with sculling oars and that boat is called an octuple . An octuple is rare and typically isn't used a lot in all around racing. This is the fastest boats because they have more people. Eights are the best to row as beginners because it is big and it the boat that is the least likely to tip over.


Cox-box, Speed Coach, and Stroke Coach
Cox box - A cox-box is the cylinder that coxswains carry with them. There all different kinds. Most common can tell you stroke rate, give you a time with your first stroke, and it can tell you how many strokes you have taken when it is being times all while being your microphone. However there are cox-boxes that are just microphones and do not have any data reading on it.

Speed Coach - A speed coach is a small device that hooks up to the boat that rowers and coxswains use. It shows stroke rate, split time, distance, time, and more. Rowers use them in boats to keep track especially when they don't use a coxswain. Coxswains tend to use them because they have more data then just a cox-box or if they have a cox-box that is just a microphone.
Stroke Coach - A stroke coach is the less advanced version of a speed coach. It only tells you you stroke rate, how many strokes you have taken, and time. It is like the cox-box for rowers. It is simple and gets right to the point. For advanced boats this might not be as helpful because it doesn't have everything that a speed coach has.

Types of Oars


Sculling Oars


Sculling Oars are just what they say they are, these oars are made for sculling. Sculling oars are small than the sweep typically round 284 cm - 290 cm in length. For the handle, it has a single grip (first photo) and is use in a pair per person.

Sweep Oars


Sweep oars are use sweep rowing. These oars are usually between are 370 cm - 376 cm in length. For the handle, they either have two grips (left photo) or they have one long grip (middle photo). When rowing each person has only one of these oars.
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May 2019