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How Do I Choose the Best Wooden Rowing Boat?

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  • Written By: J.M. Densing
  • Edited By: R. Halprin
  • Last Modified Date: 30 October 2017
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When trying to choose the best wooden rowing boat, there are several important factors to consider. You will need to decide on the size of the boat and what you plan to use it for, keeping in mind that a smaller boat usually moves quicker than a large one. Other important considerations include the type of wood from which the the rowboat is constructed, the number of oarlocks, and sails, if any. It's a good idea to select a wooden rowing boat made from high quality durable wood, and you may want multiple sets of oarlocks so that more than one person can row at a time. Make sure your selection has sturdy construction, and you may also want to include accessories such as seat cushions or a cover to help protect your investment.

One of the first choices to make when selecting the best wooden rowing boat is size. A variety of sizes are available, from small boats that seat two people, to larger models that can accommodate up to five. A small boat requires less exertion to row and will gather speed and move quickly through the water. Larger boats generally travel more slowly and require more rowing effort, although they may have the room for two sets of oars which can ease the burden.

Another factor to consider when choosing the best wooden rowing boat is its intended use. Experts say rowing is an excellent workout; if you plan to row for exercise, a small boat may be all you need. Rowing boats are also ideal for fishing because they lack a noisy engine, so they are very quiet moving through the water. This makes them less likely to scare fish away. A larger boat may be better for fishing so that there is enough room for equipment and a companion.

The type of wood is another important decision when choosing your wooden rowing boat. Some boats are made of composite wood, but these probably won't last as long as a boat made of solid wood; popular choices include cedar and teak in this regard. Teak is particularly desirable because it contains natural oils that make the wood easier to clean and help protect it from decay. Another choice is the number of oarlocks; each set secures the oars and holds them in place while rowing. A boat with more than one set of oarlocks allows for extra rowers, which can be very helpful with a large boat.

When choosing a wooden rowing boat, you also need to decide if you want sails. Sails can provide an additional mode for propelling the boat with wind power, and many larger models can be equipped with them. If they are available, you may want to add accessories like seat cushions for comfort and a protective cover for when the boat is not in use. In general, make sure to purchase a boat made with high quality materials and sturdy construction so that it will last for many years.

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