Downing College Indoor Rowing Tank

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We received confirmation of an order for an 8-station sculling/sweep tank during the 2nd week in March and will be initiating a shipment to the UK on May 10th. We are pleased to have received this order and look forward to … Read More

Rigging Fundamentals

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“Rigging”: is the term used to describe the determination and subsequent adjustment of the outrigger height, pitch (oar lock face inclination from the vertical), spread or span (distance between the pins in sculling or centerline of the boat to centerline of … Read More

Molesey Indoor Rowing Tank

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One Year Tank Anniversary of Official Opening:   Molesey Rowing Club, in the U.K. has just celebrated their first anniversary of the opening of their indoor rowing tank for both community and club members of Molesey Boat Club. The project leader from … Read More

Efficiency Improvements Using Force Measurement Part III

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Introduction: The last two blogs focused first on the Recovery and then on the Drive.  Both used actual boat data-logger force measurement derived Impulse (F x t) curves plus rowing tank real-time impulse and handle speed curves as part of the … Read More

Efficiency Improvements Part II

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On the Drive: In our previous post Efficiency Improvements Part I, we discussed improvements to the Recovery Phase of the stroke to just before the Catch. In this article we will examine the next phase of the stroke, the Drive. While the Drive … Read More

Efficiency Improvements Part I

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Introduction: In an effort to seek out efficiency improvements in rowing the following article will examine the importance of the release and recovery phase of the rowing stroke.  While it seems obvious to say a clean release and smooth recovery … Read More

Rigging Charts – Boat & Oar Setup

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One question we frequently receive is, “how should I set up my boat and oars”. This is one of the most important first, but often overlooked, steps in having a successful row. Setting one’s boat and oars up is very … Read More

New Dreher Ellipse Sweep Oar

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Dreher Announced its new sweep oar at the 2016 HOCR.   See the oars in action to top 10 finish in the Collegiate Men’s 4+ and the 2016 HOCR. This was the first race ever for this entirely new sweep … Read More

Sculling Drills

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by Jim Dreher Forward This essay was reproduced from the archives of Durham Boat Companies essays and manuals on sculling and training. While this piece was originally produced 30+ years ago, the information contained below continues to provide the back-bone … Read More

Tool-Free-Adjustment FAQ

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Now that more are more people are opting for the Tool-Free-Adjustment, we getting some questions. How to get the best out of feature? Use the feature day-in and day-out to get familiar with which rig works best in a head-wind, tail-wind … Read More

How To Paint Your Oars

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One question that we receive a fair bit recently from customers is how to best paint the blades on our oars and sculls. There are a wealth of different techniques and philosophies out there, but we wanted to share with … Read More

Tool Free Adjustment System For Dreher Oars

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Mike Dreher has come up with a revolutionary design for a sleeve and collar system for oars and sculls.  On par with the impact of the swivel lock which replaced thole pins over 100 years ago, this design allows quick and easy … Read More

Tank at Molesey Boat Club, UK

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Molesey Boat Club 8-station, sculling / sweep tank installation was completed on December 12, 2015. This tank was twenty years in the works. We had our first face to face meeting with a representative from Molesey in 2006 at the … Read More

Henry Palmer Joins Durham Boat Company, Inc.

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Announcement, Durham, NH 03/21/16 We are pleased to announce that Henry Palmer will begin working and Durham Boat Company in Sales and Marketing. In his new position he will target Sweeps, Sculls, and eventually Indoor Rowing Tanks. Henry will assume … Read More

Two Tanks Installed in January

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Two Tanks Installed in January and Three Tank Upgrades Completed On November 6, 2015, the St. Lawrence University Athletic Department confirmed the purchase of 16-station sweep only tank, a design first implement for Kansas State University. This will make the … Read More

Tank Components to Arrive in the UK

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Tank Components to Arrive in the UK: The Molesey Boat Club container is scheduled to arrived in late November. Installation is planned for early December. When completed the tank will be an 8-station sculling/sweep similar to those shown above. We … Read More

History of Oar Handle Treatment

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History of Sweep and Sculling Oar Handle Surface Treatment: Durham Boat Company developed the first adjustable length sculls in 1991. In 1992 with the introduction of the first adjustable length sweep oars we had to solve the problem of handle … Read More

Winning Jr. Worlds Medals with Dreher Oars

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The Junior Women’s Sweep Team wins 3 medals at Jr. World Rowing Championship held in Rio. A Gold Medal was won USA in the A Final in a close finish with Germany. Congratulations to all the Jr. Women in the … Read More

Front End Pick Drill Review

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There are many drills rowers and scullers can do while training, however of all them nothing compares to the Pick Drill. The Pick Drill is your basic bread and butter drill that every oarsman should have in their repertoire. The Pick Drill can be … Read More

Apex-R Stroke Theory

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 It has been shown in tests that the peak forces generated during the rowing stroke occur during the first third of the stroke just after the catch and are already decreasing by the time the oar shaft is perpendicular to … Read More

The APEX Blade Design

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  Dreher oars and sculls are made by Durham Boat Company, Inc. We are located in the U.S. and have been making carbon oars and sculls as well as seats, footstretchers and riggers since 1989. Most of our oars and … Read More

New Blade Designs

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The paper describes innovations in blade design by Durham Boat Company, Inc. since January of 1999. We have just completed two blade design changes. The Next Generation of blade shapes – The APEX since “New Blade Shapes – Part II” was issued … Read More