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
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
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.
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
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.
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