How To Row a Boat

First, you have to row a little boat… which may seem simple, but there’s actually more to it than you might think. In fact, how you row a boat is something of a lost art. Join senior editor Lenny Rudow, as he walks us through the basic techniques for rowing, feathering the oars, how to turn, and how to ship the oars.

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  • If you want to turn the boat fast push the oars in opposite directions rather than just using one oar.

    A Z June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Why do you row backwards cant see where you're going

    Xi DIAMOND June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Thanks for this! 🙂 used this video to explain the concept of boat paddles to my 3 year old. They're in a cardboard box row boat with a toy shovel as a paddle lol.

    Koda T June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • what is that boat you are rowing?

    Islandmikes-sailingandtrading-co. June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • came here from ben hur

    Vajrawielder June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Rushing Tide. .

    A boat I row
    But get nowhere
    Against the tide
    I'll never get there
    Suddenly the tide
    Doth change
    On past the dock
    I'm out of range
    How to get
    This rented boat
    Back to shop
    Before I'm broke


    Ronald Greene June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Watch another video. Feathering/ sculling backward, digging the oars to deep. No look over your shoulder to navigate instruction. And your legs and back do the work. Not your arms.
    He hasn’t rowed in years??? He never learned then either.
    Any questions? Message-reply I’ll be happy to help. Been rowing year round for over 30 years. I appreciate him trying to help. But bad instruction is worse the no instruction.

    Mr. H. June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Out of all the videos this one is the best one! I teach rowong all the time!

    Jeremy Thomas June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • And thank you

    Linda Herrera June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply

    Linda Herrera June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Oars too deep. Can also turn by braking with 1 oar and towing with the other….

    Delmar Simpson June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • What size oars do i need for a 14 foot row boat?

    Melissa June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply

    Express4feel June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
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    Adrian Swaby June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Why is it so great to row a boat?
    Because it's oarsome!

    Britt Unculus June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Thank you. This is exactly the way my P T told me to row, without putting your whole back into it.

    oh kitty kitty June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • My boat broke help me

    Armani June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • brother, when you said "paddles", I felt like I needed a drink. When you corrected yourself, I was very happy again. Great video, great presentation. Thank you for your time!

    Egg Boy June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Thanks you sir, very helpful, Hi row with kids and these are good tips and the great vocabulary.

    Anthony Seattle June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • You can also row a boat facing forward…

    40cleco June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • I have been thinking about a row boat for about a year now. I think rowing across a quiet lake would be good exercise and very relaxing solitude. Yesterday I took some scrap aluminum to the recycler and there sat a nice aluminum boat! No motor, just the boat. It's about a 12 footer and has places for oars. In my state, no title or registration is needed for a rowboat. It's marked $60.00, I have been thinking about it.

    I'd need to get or make a trailer, fortunately I can weld a bit and have access to a welding shop. I could make my own trailer if need be. I haven't decided yet, but I think I am going to buy that boat.

    PotatoGunsRule June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • I like row boats! yes i do

    How to win. Facts. June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Im going to camp in a few weeks and this is very helpful thankyou

    chloe stafford June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • I didn't know it was easier to row a boat with your back towards the bow. Basic, yet very informative! Thanks!

    Joseph Martineau June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • so you don't need oar stops? I'm wondering if I need them for my boat

    Minimum Overdrive June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • Oh, my God you did seven things wrong.1.  You never stand in a boat that small.  You get in and sit down.2.  You got in backwards and had to turn around in the boat. 3.  You place your oars so that the handle is in front of you.  You placed both oars with the handles behind you so that you had to move your body to get them in front of you.4.  You never bent your knees or used your legs.5.  You feathered the oars reversed.  6.  You dipped the oars too deep7.  Your hands are too far apart.  There should be about two inches between the grips.

    Michael Monaldi June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • do u need a license for a boat without an motor

    Joseph Lee June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply
  • What kind of boat is that, as in brand? I would love one similar for my family

    ew June 28, 2020 11:16 pm Reply

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