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  • Watch TS515 training scull in action.
  • Video demonstrates why it is such a leap forward in design.
  • Watch a complete novice sculling for the first time.
  • Top coach, Steve Walker, tries it out and gives his opinion.

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EASY TO HANDLE

The light weight of the boat (20kg hull weight only) has been achieved by using the latest polyethylene moulding technology with a layer of polyethylene foam in between two poylethylene skins. The thickness makes the boat stiff and the foam makes it light. The combination makes it unsinkable.

It is this light weight that transforms this training boat into an exhilarating rowing boat. And it has the added benefit that the boat is very easy to handle when out of the water. It is light enough for one person to pick up and carry comfortably, even when fully rigged.

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GOOD STRAIGHT LINE STABILITY

Short boats can be difficult to keep going in a straight line. Early "play boats" suffered from this problem. Racing boats are long and thin but still require a fin underneath, near the stern to keep them straight. This fin means that you cannot put a racing boat down on the ground carelessly. The TS515 training scull has slim longitudinal runners underneath it and a built in skeg that give it excellent straight line stability whilst making it invulnerable to damage when placed on the ground.

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FAST ASSEMBLY

The patented, fully adjustable, quick release rigger system means that the TS515 can be assembled in less than a minute. No tools required.

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SPACE SAVING

The matching boat cradles mean that the training sculls can be stacked up to the ceiling. Quickly remove the rigger and the boats can alternatively be stored alongside other TS515 sculls on racks where, previously, only one boat could be stored, a great space saver in a crowded boat shed.

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VERSATILE

The combined weight of this crew is 20 stone or 127kg so you see that when the oarlocks are set at their maximum height the TS515 is capable of accommodating even the biggest of single scullers! The fact that the oarlocks may be lowered means that this rowing boat is eminently suitable for children too, of course. In fact many schools have taken on the TS515 Training Scull for teaching as it fulfills their duty of care obligation.

GREAT FOR KIDS

Most children exhibit less fear than their parents do. But not everybody is a fast and fearless learner. Either way the removal of fear greatly aids learning and kids make rapid progress and really enjoy themselves. Parents meantime are more relaxed.

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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO SCULL?

Fantatsic! I jumped in and without adjusting anything I felt like I was sculling in a boat that I was already familiar with. It was like wearing an old slipper. Comfortable. Everything about the way the rig has been set up felt right. The stretcher angle is the best I've come across. My heels never left the stretcher. This has been a gripe of mine for many a year, that boat builders never build enough adjustment into stretchers to achieve a good position for the feet. For many, many years, before long slides came in, rowers and scullers managed with clogs. The only reason that flexible shoes were introduced was because the rigs were all wrong when extremely long slides were experimented with in the early 70s and people's feet used to fall out of the heel traps.

Edon

The TS515 has quite plainly been designed by somebody who is an expert in sculling. The height of the gates above the water give rise to a lovely, level, direct draw of the hands. The boat does not pitch perceptibly and it runs beautifully. In fact after I'd sculled past the boat houses at Putney on the day of the Veterans Head of the River Race, Peter Haining, three times World Champion in lightweight single sculls, came down to tell me that he had been watching and that he thought the TS515 Training Scull ran beautifully off the finish.

He sang the praises of the stabiliser system, pointing out how it would encourage novice scullers to reach further out and to pull further through thus lengthening their strokes into those areas where one feels most vulnerable in a racing boat. He loved it.

I love it. This is the first training boat that I have stepped into that has given me the same thrill that I got from a fine boat all those years ago when I first tried one. This is what we should be putting children and novices out in so as to enthuse them. So not only is it well engineered, practical and affordable, it's a great scull. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Stephen Walker

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