8 things to know before you buy a Rowing Boat

Expert coach Steve Walker, founder of Ahoy-Boats & of Sculling Academy, gives 10 minute introduction to different types of rowing & sculling boats. Steve has over 40 years rowing and sculling experience and explains in simple terms why boats are different shapes and the benefits of one type over another. So whether you are a private individual or a school or club, a racer or a casual rower you will find this information helpful if you are considering buying a new or used rowing / sculling boat / skiff. Some of these boats are available from and some are no longer available because this video was made a long time ago.

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  • Great video Steve. Really appreciate the differences you pointed out.

    Peter Culp July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hey I really love your site thanks for posting. I'm new to rowing and found your video very informative. Therefore, I subbed. I hope to see more of your videos

    DCM SR July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Nice jacket Stephen..;-)

    1969DocHoliday July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Could you tell me the make of the red fine single in this video please

    LAXY H July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Steve Walker inspires me.

    Mary H Yarborough July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Great video! Beautiful boats. I'm interested in buying one to work-out and to go fishing while I'm at it and possibly bring a friend along. I like all those 4 you've just demonstrated. If only I had the money to buy all 4! Ha! I wonder if I can add a small engine to the 2 seater boat on the far left. I'm sure that would need a battery and would increase the drag.

    Carlos Enrique Amaro July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Thank you for this informative video. I am interested in coastal rowing and wonder if you could comment on the relative merits of the Liteboat lite sport+ and the Eurodiffusion x light or yole 18. I am 65 years old and weigh 110 lbs. Thanks in advance, Susan

    Susan Payette July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Polyethylene isn't worth its weight at any bargain price. Buy better or build from wood and from scratch. Too much plastic already afloat.

    Robin July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hi Stephen. Can I buy one of these Yoal's ? in America. Thank you

    Gary Schneider July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hey I'm in middle school and today I won my first regatta in a mixed quad

    XO3PO July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • sorry, the blue and white boat

    John Layton July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • where do I get the white boat?

    John Layton July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • very useful information! thanks

    Alli White July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Excellent video, Mr Walker. I'm getting back into rowing after 25 years away – I'd rowed in eights and fours at university in the US.

    I'm interested in getting a single, something similar to the racing scull you show. The last time I rowed was an Empacher (sp?), and that was sweet! What would you recommend I look at that similar but less dear? I'm 6'2 and 245, and would have access to a garage to store it.

    James Neumann July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Great overview Stephen. I was looking for an explanation of the differences between the normal racing hull I learned on and an "open water" style hull and this video provided exactly the information I needed. I didn't even realize there were so many options in the spectrum. Thank you very much for putting this together and sharing.

    Eric Christensen July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hi Stephen! I have been looking for a sculling boat that is stable and good for lakes and oceans. The white boat on the far left you called a yull?? Is that the type of boat or the brand? Where can I purchase a boat like this? Thank you!

    Lindsey Fugitt July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hello Stephen, it was a treat to watch your video. Thanks. Just wondering, for those of us stuck in the USA, whether you know of an equivalent to your fabulous TS515 Training Scull? I am about to relocate to NW Connecticut–lots of lakes, and a few stretches of river without rapids. Looking forward to trying a new sport! Best wishes, Janet

    Janet Graaff July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • So what is the third boat from the left–the white boat between the narrow racing boat and the Turbo Skiff? And what type of rowing is it most suited for? And same question for the Turbo Skiff? tks.

    Richard Ernsberger July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Somewhere I read that well used eight-year-old racing boats were shot. Do you agree?

    jockellis July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply

    Lisa Giulianelli July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • question…i'm going to buy one in 2.5 years when i retire…i have a dog who swims and is around 50 pounds…can he sit in the front of the white boat?

    Patricia Bird July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • when buying a sculling boat, should I consider my height? how to choose it?

    liliana basile July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Excellent video.  In a couple of years I will retire, and am looking forward to taking up rowing as a summertime activity.  Thank you for posting such an educational video.

    kenous atuss July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Hi Stephen,
    it´s quite interesting this video as back in the 90´s when i start on a rowing club (Lisbon – Portugal) i don´t recall having this "school boats".  Back then the coach just through me into a racing boat and i had to start from there. We did have the yole but 4 pax and 8 pax.
    Thank you for the uploading as i have been out of rowing from several years and i plan to come back soon ( with the family) so this has given me a new light.

    spo7878 July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • How much can cost a rowing boat

    endika sanz martinez July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Check out the Ahoy-Boats web site. And hopefully now, if I've done my jb right, you might find links, as annotations, on the video above. Check them out.

    Stephen Walker July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • Actually it is a Yole. You can buy at the Ahoy-Boats web site. Check it out.

    Stephen Walker July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • The standard span from the centre of one pin to the other is 160cm. In
    racing boats this is adjustable and in some recreational boats too. The
    smaller you are the tighter you would expect the span to be set but this
    would toughen the gearing unless you also reduce the overall length of the
    oars (sculls) and reduce the inboard length in proportion to the outboard
    length. This is a whole can of worms that you can open up!

    Stephen Walker July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • you said the oarlocks are all spaced the same from centerline? What is that distance and how does that effect leverage, assuming the same oarlength and waterline angles?

    drphosferrous July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • I'm interested in the yhall. Where do I get one?

    Charles Ederer July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply
  • The Yole comes in 3 versions, the Club, the Class and the Custom. Prices vary accordingly. PLease go to the Ahoy-Boats web site and check out the prices there. There is a PRICES tab at the top of every page.

    Stephen Walker July 4, 2020 6:03 pm Reply

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