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Stable  Rowing Boats

TS515 Training Scull

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If you haven't already seen it then please watch this first as it gives a helpful overview.

Watch the video for an introduction to the different types of rowing boat.

Steve Walker has over 40 years experience of rowing and coaching and he sums up in simple language why you might choose one rowing boat over another.

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  • Light: Only 20kg. No need for a launching trolley.
  • Durable: Polyethylene is not brittle like fibreglass and will not crack in the way that gel coat or paint can.
  • Exhilarating:"The best day of my life" is what one customer said after her first outing.
  • Reassuring: Stabilisers come into play before you lose your balance so giving you confidence that you will not flip the boat unintentionally.
  • Buoyant: Boat is full of air. Even the material it is made from is full of air so in the unlikely event of a catastrophe you will always have something that floats to hang onto.
  • Swift: The next best thing to a racing boat.
  • Responsive: The low weight means that the TS515 is quick to accelerate.
  • Stable: The 2ft width provides natural stability, something that is missing in a racing boat. And the outrigged floats add extra stability while you learn. Very reassuring, especially in winter.
  • Directionally Stable: The runners on the underside and the skeg at the stern keep the boat going in a straight line. (Some early play-boat designs were notorious for wandering off course.)
  • Tough: Customers often tell me they are indestructable. They are not, of course.
  • Comfortable: The stretcher is at just the right angle and depth. And the seat is at just the right height above the water so you can relax in this boat.
  • Adjustable: There is enough adjustment to cope with a wide range of sizes of sculler.
  • Stiff: Rowing boats need to be stiff so that they support your weight properly, so that the rigging is predictable and so that the power you apply is adequately transmitted to the hull. The polyethylene, foam sandwich construction achieves this whilst keeping the weight down and the semicircular rigger is amazingly light and stiff too. Clever engineering.
  • Fun: You can do things in this boat you couldn't do in a fine boat. And you can easily pull it up onto a river bank or beach and it will not be harmed.
  • Stackable: The cradles fit into one another so you can pile the boats up high. Save space in your boat house.
  • Easy: This has to be the easiest boat in which to learn the art of sculling. Whether you are a youngster or a pensioner! Progress is rapid.
  • Quick to rig: The patented quick release system means that the boat can be rigged or derigged in seconds without the use of spanners.
  • Practical: Fits in average garage.
  • Car topable: Couple of roof bars. Couple of straps. That's all you need. Safe as houses!
  • Realistic: One criticism of traditional, wide, stable boats is that they do not give a realistic impression of what is required to balance a fine boat. This is where the design of the TS515 scores, as it is just wobbly enough to teach you the necessary skill before the stabilisers come into play and prevent you capsizing.
  • Thrilling: There is nothing quite like the thrill of the glide in between the strokes. This you will get in shed loads from the TS515, which runs really well.
  • Safe: If you have a duty of care as a coach or teacher then this is the boat you need.
  • Affordable: Excellent value for money. Note the price includes VAT and delivery in the UK. And if you want to buy in quantity then they get even cheaper. Call me! Most clubs and schools that buy one come back for more later.


OK "a joy shared is a joy doubled" and I love sweep rowing and crew sculling too. But there is something very special about knowing that the speed of the boat is entirely due to your own efforts. And when you win a race you take all of the glory.
Trouble is that the finest racing rowing boats that bring the greatest rewards are so slim that it is almost impossible to learn in them without falling in and the fear of falling in inhibits learning. WinTech-70kg-1x-DSC01593-thumb.jpg - 7780 Bytes

The joy of sculling alone

Rewarding to row


In the past, rowing boats sold for teaching were wide. This provided stability. However, they were also short and often heavy! So they were slow and unrewarding to scull.

I can still remember the first stroke I took in a fine cedar boat after 18 months in heavy, slow boats. The thrill of acceleration and the high speed glide after just one stroke is still with me.

Now, here is a fast and stable boat from EDON in Australia that offers the thrill of high speed for low effort combined with the stability and robustness required of boats to be used by novices.
  Stabiliser can easily be removed

Stabilisers inspire confidence


This video shows how easy it can be to take to the water with no previous experience of sculling a proper rowing boat with sliding seats and a fine hull. It was taken on Lake Windermere.

Not only can stability be provided by the stabilising floats but it can easily be taken away again once the skill of sculling has been mastered. This means that a beginner can be taken through two stages of the learning progression before moving on finally to a fine racing skiff if that is what is desired.


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