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advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 6th, 2019, 10:45 am
by theLoonRanger
I am still a fairly novice rower but am considering something more advanced than my Alden Quest. I have explored models by Peinert, Maas & WinTec but cannot find anything that might be what I am seeking. I would think a length of perhaps 21-22' and a width of perhaps 17-19" might be good for my ability (and age). I am 6', 180# and 73 years old (male).

I upgraded my oars last year to C2 Smoothie Vortex and found them to be a pure joy compared to my old spoons.

Living in Wisconsin with the closest rowing club 80 miles away in Duluth, MN makes it very difficult to find and try any different boat.

Any input and suggestions would be truly appreciated. Thank you.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 6th, 2019, 1:25 pm
by Cyclist2
The next step up would be the boats you mentioned; you've done some homework already. The specs you seek point to the Maas Aero or Peinert Zephyr. I have an Aero and it is a joy to row - fairly fast in flat conditions, and never a worry about capsizing in rougher conditions. I've rowed a Peinert before (a Dolphin, as I recall); it set up nicely and was fun to row. Both of those companies offer the "next" step - Maas 24 and Pienert Dolphin if you are optimistic and have long term plans. (I'm keeping my eye out for a sleeker boat, myself).

Keep your eye on the row2K classifieds, nice boats like you mention appear there occasionally. I found mine on craigslist.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 18th, 2019, 10:07 am
by theLoonRanger
Thank you for the input. I do check the C2 ads periodically and will continue to do so. Good luck on finding your new boat.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 18th, 2019, 9:40 pm
by yazoo
Maas Aero. Brilliant boat, fast but fairly stable. The Edon TS515 training scull is a step up from the quest but probably not a big enough one, excellent boat though. The Maas 24 is 24ft, faster and more tippy than the Aero

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 31st, 2019, 11:04 am
by theLoonRanger
I have checked the Maas 24 but see that it is recommended for advanced rowers. I would not consider myself in that category. As of now I am leaning towards the Winged Aero. Mass boats do seem to be somewhat more expensive; I assume they are worth it. Interesting that the Aero and the 24 both have the same list price. Thanks for the input.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: March 31st, 2019, 11:43 pm
by Cyclist2
Depending which coast you're closest to (I'm talking USA), may help determine which boat - Maas on the west coast, Peinert on the east coast. The Aero and Zephyr are in the same class. And if you're planning on buying a new boat, be ready for a lengthy waiting time at least for Maas boats (unless you have a local distributor with one in stock). Either of those boats are durable and a non-abused used boat will be just as good, which will save you some money, too. Most used boats are also advertised with the oars and other accessories, another cost savings.

Good luck in your hunt, I'm real happy with my used Aero I found on craigslist.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: April 9th, 2019, 1:11 pm
by theLoonRanger
Thanks for the perspective. My first inclination when starting this search was the Zephyr but I was wondering if it was a big enough improvement to warrant the investment. I have since considered the Peinert Dolphin but have been persuaded out of it. Also considered the Alden Star but not sure about that either. Ice is almost off the lakes here in WIsconsin and I am getting antsy.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: April 10th, 2019, 8:09 am
by PaulG
I can speak personally and highly of both the Peinert Zephyr (19 ft) and Maas Aero (21 ft). The Aero is longer and will be faster but both are very stable. Greg Smith on this forum speaks highly of his Aero. I recently bought a Zephyr and took it out on a lake this past weekend. I'm very happy with it. As to which boat you want, it all depends on how you will use it. For competition, of course neither will compete with a racing single on flat water. If you are interested in open water racing, the Zephyr is in a shorter length class than the Aero and you will be competing with Echoes, Aldens, and the FISA C1X boat. The Aero might be classified with racing singles and in open water these would be the Peinert Dolphin, Maas 24, Alden Star and maybe some Little River boats. If conditions are rough the Aero will have an advantage.

If you are rowing for recreation and health you cannot go wrong with either the Zephyr or Aero. If you see either one for sale be ready to buy it because they do not last long on the market. Did Paul Milde talk you out of the Dolphin? He is the owner of Peinert Boat Works and usually steers people to the less expensive Zephyr. That tells you a lot about his integrity and the pride he puts into his boats.

Re: advice on a more advanced boat

Posted: June 13th, 2019, 12:30 am
by oldrowerWI
Found this thread while researching shells on internet. In similar situation. Live in Wisconsin. Getting back in to rowing. Looking for narrow shell but not too$$$. What did you end up getting?