Equipment (boats)

Maas Aero - The Aquatic center uses these boats to teach their rowing classes and once you have completed one of their courses you are able to rent these boats. During the summer you can row almost daily. In the Fall they offer a couple times a week when the boats are available.

These boats are about 18 inches wide and 21 feet long. They are very stable and an excellent trainer and exercise boat. New they are about $3000.00. On the web used ones go for $600.00 up to a couple grand.

I have one Aero and it will be available for members. It is rowable and needs some cosmetic work.


Maas 24 – is a stretched out version of the Aero, a bit narrower and 24 feet long. They are definitely more “tippy” and a good transition to a racing shell. The Aquatic center has one of these and it is available with the same rules.


FISA Shell – is an Olympic Class shell, carbon fiber, 26 feet long, 9 inches wide and weighs about 26 pounds. As you might guess it is very tippy. It is also very fast and challenging to row. This is my personal boat and can be available to experienced rowers under special conditions.


Erik Jonnson, Avanti – a bit smaller than the FISA, carbon fiber, 26 feet long and about 9 inches wide. Fast and fun, and good for under 150 pound people. Also a boat for experienced rowers. This boat is ready to row and would be nice if it was painted (bottom only).

Canoe – heavy, fiberglass, wide bottom and very stable. Equipped with a wing rigger and sliding seat. This is an excellent boat for the conservative rower and great picnic boat, passenger ready. This boat needs a little fiberglass work on the bottom and some paint but is tough and ready to go. It can be car topped (with two very strong people) but would be nicer on a small trailer (I have the parts for that trailer).


Pocock Double – this is my present project boat. It is about 32 feet long, about 45 pounds and is made of wood. Some woodworking inside will be done this winter, and the hull sanded and varnished. It will be rigged as a double (two rowers with two sculls each). This will also be a “special permission” boat.

Pocock Single – this is a fiberglass shell, about 35 pounds, 26 feet long and about 10 inches wide. This is a great boat for your first voyage in a skinny, tippy shell. It is a tough little boat and you can’t hurt it. It was kindly donated by Dawn McGuire from the Humbolt Rowing Club. Presently it needs a hole patched in the deck.


The “Cedar Speeder” is a gorgeous cedar four place racing shell. She is about forty feet long and is ready to row. The boat is presently set up as a ‘straight four with the toe at the head”. For the greenhorns (like me) this means that each person uses a single 12 foot sweep (oar) and the “toe” is the person that steers the boat (with cables attach to the toe of one shoe).


This boat was built in Seattle by Pocock and before it came to the Bay Area it was an Olympic trial boat for UC Irvine. Vince Horpel of the Row Chabot Club and three of his cohorts have raced this boat against the UC Berkeley team and performed well. He has offered to visit our area and provide some instruction in sweep rowing. We can also get instruction from the YMCA Club in Redding.

If you are interested is sweep rowing register on line or call me. As soon as we have a team, men or women or both, we can get some instruction and start having some fun with our cedar speeder.


The “Kaschper Twins” are 32 foot racing doubles. They may be equipped to row with either sweep or sculls. These boats are what I call water rockets and require some advance skills and all of your attention.

They are also from Row Chabot and were originally UB Berkeley racing shells and are very competitive. You need to be able to handle a racing single and likely plan on getting wet. I am game if you are. Call me.


The “Whitehall” dory is about 16 feet long and four feet wide and a wonderful boat for casual rowing. It has a fixed seat with two positions and is a great picnic boat for two people – pretty and very safe.

This boat with kindly donated to our club by Mike and Ann Lawler of Santa Barbara and was their excursion boat for many years. Mike is a master craftsman at restoring wooden shells.


The “Alden” is about 19 feet long, about 30 inches wide and looks like a chubby Aero. It has a sliding seat, standard scull type oars and is very stable. It is an excellent boat to practice your sculling technique and come back dry.

This boat comes to us from Point Reyes and was rowed on Tomales Bay for years by Don Eastman.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are handy with fiberglass, paint, or wood you can help out with dressing up some of these boats

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