WTB: Coastal rowing boat

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WTB: Coastal rowing boat

Post by roy649 » April 18th, 2019, 4:13 pm

I'm looking to buy a coastal rowing boat. I'm a big guy so getting me into a typical 1x shell isn't going to work. I'll be rowing on Long Island Sound, so I'm looking for something more stable than a shell. The Lite Boat LiteSport 1X looks like it's just what I need, but I haven't been able to find one to look at.

Does anybody in the New York City area have one that they'd be willing to let me take a look at, and maybe even take it out for a test row?

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Re: WTB: Coastal rowing boat

Post by PaulG » April 19th, 2019, 9:15 am

Roy: Before you commit to a Liteboat consider the 61 lb weight. That is going to be difficult to move around the boathouse or car top by yourself. I don't know how big you are but you might be able to fit into an Echo which is a very stable open water boat. I'm also a fan of the Peinert Zephyr and Maas Aero. All three of these boats might be easier to find used in the US but be prepared to buy one when you see it. They don't last long.

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Re: WTB: Coastal rowing boat

Post by frankieboy » April 22nd, 2019, 4:12 pm

When you say big guy, how big.
The liteboat design is fairly weak on the top deck and flexes badly with folks more than 200lbs in them and I would be concerned long term. The Maas Aero is a wonderful boat but might be a bit small.
The other options are a wherry type thing with sliding seat or the FISA coastal style boats. The FISA coastal style boats are heavy (75 to 80 lbs) but they are designed for open water and are fun to row. There are several makes, Eurodiffusion, LEO are 2. Popular with some clubs in Canada.

Lastly absolutely avoid the SUP paddle board with a rowing unit strapped to it like an oarboard , surfscull or similar, horrible, like towing a bucket behind IMO

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