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wickedstreak
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« on: September 13, 2009, 10:19:55 CET »

Hello All.
I'm thinking of taking up rowing for exercise.  Not really keen on kayaks, sculls or shells, would prefer a more 'conventional' kind of boat.  Something seaworthy and not requiring too much maintenance, suitable for rowing along the coast, able to take up to two people and perhaps a very small outboard.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 11:49:47 CET »

why dont you get a canoe or kayak? believe me it will prove to be a work out, you'll have minimal maintenance / less space etc.... i spent five years.. and miss those times. it will be the first thing i get when i'll have my own garage.

here are singles and two seater.. we even used to organize three day expeditions around malta.
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 17:26:31 CET »

I have one ... made of fibre and its a sit on top canoe... its fun but if you are new to rowing i suggest practising in a bay which is safe with possibly no wind or rih il-gewwa as it might get you too far out! SAFETY FIRST Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 17:33:02 CET »

yes galeacw, i second your comments. if one does a search for emergency procedures - canoe rolls, quick ejection ( head in water), blood circulation, knowledge of sea traffic and movement etc... wearing a high vis life vest and gloves are always a good idea.


like any other sport it needs its own time to practice in a rewarding and safe enviroment.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 16:33:51 CET »

Thanks for your comments fish-noob and galeacw.  If I decide to go for a kayak I would probably want to take a beginner's course, e.g. like those offered by Rugged Coast Adventures - no point in taking unecessary risks.  But what would you say about a frejgatina?  How much would a decent one cost?
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