Durham Boat Company News
Durham Boat Company was awarded two indoor rowing tank jobs during the month of March. One will be located at a prep school in the Philadelphia area and will be installed in June and the other will be installed at University in the Midwest in July. For more information on our indoor rowing tank product line, see our: Dreher Rowing Tank link. A 2013 Indoor Tank Brochure can be found on that page as well.
We are accepting resumes for one or more summer interns to work in the shop making carbon composite parts and also getting a taste of working on design and/or process improvement engineering projects. For more information see: Job Posting dated January 14, 2013.
- Summer Intern Position(s):
Durham Boat Company increased generating capacity by 38.2% (47 additional panels) at the end of 2012.
- DBC Increase PV Generating Capacity:
Mike Sivigny is at US Rowing Convention in OK City. We have a booth there and Mike will be able to answer all your questions about Dreher Oars & Sculls, Dreher Rigging Components, Dreher Indoor Rowing Tanks and all of our other products.
- 2012 US Rowing Convention:
Durham Boat Company, Inc. had a booth at the HOCR Oct. 19-21, just to down river side of the big tent at FALS (Finish Line and Registration Area), where boat builders have their individual tents. There, we will unveil our newest sweep oar the, E-H and our designer Bob Dreher was there to answer questions that people had about the new designs as well as his previous design. At that time, We had just completed our production tooling and began taking orders at the HOCR for January delivery. We began updating our website on the technical data on our new E-H sweep oar, so keep an eye on our web site over the site for further updates. For more information on all of our Sweep Products, and to see how successful the Jr. Women's National Sweep Team has been with Dreher Oars over the last two years, press the sweep products link.
We will also have an assortment on brand new sculls on sales at the HOCR as well as a sweep special on our Apex 52 and Apex 55 oar. For details on our fall, HOCR Sweep and Scull Specials go to Oar Specials and Used Boat List.
We also have Used Boats on that list including the Rec-Racers in two sizes. We are going to be selling many of our older Rec-Racer in the coming months so that by next spring our club will have only have Rec-Racer that have been built in the last year. For more information on the Rec-Racers see this link.
We will also have our usual assortment of rowing accessories along with a RP3 Rowing Simulator, if weather permits. We do have a several units left. So if you would like to pick up a unit at our booth, call to confirm your purchase by Friday before 5pm and save on shipping.
Durham Boat Company, Inc. attended the Head of Housatonic. Thank you all for stopping by to chat with Mike Sivigny who had a booth there and also was able race as well. If you missed us there, come and visit our booth just down river from big tent at FALS in the boat builder's section.
To Connecticut College on the 20th year anniversary of their 16-Station Tank dedication! See pictures of the tank in 1992 and in 2012:
For more information on the latest enhancements available on the Dreher Tanks, see the Dreher Indoor Rowing Facility Page.
Durham, New Hampshire, USA - Durham Boat Company, Inc. announces Jean Harcourt has accepted the position of Manager - Inside Sales & Customer Service.
Jean is a graduate of Cornell University where she majored in History and rowed on the crew. Upon graduation, she worked for us briefly prior to working at Barclays Bank in DE. She returned to Durham Boat Company after two years in the banking industry to become our leader in carbon parts layup. Jean also was one our DBC Sculling School coaches. After about 8 years in that capacity she got married and had three children. While raising her family, she was a part-time employee doing Office Support Activities.
Prior to college, Jean rowed for the Durham Boat Club/Oyster River H.S. forfour years and in her junior year stroked the USA 4x at Junior Worlds in France. She won the 2x and 4+ events at Canadian Scholastics, NEIRA in the 4+, the Int. Women’s 4x at the Canadian Henley and numerous Jr. National Championships and also LW 4x event at Elite Nationals. She has also won the Youth 4+ (under 20 years old) at the HOCR twice.
We are very happy to have Jean join our Sales and Marketing Team. She comes to the position with a thorough knowledge of our products and their functionality as well as how they are made. Her rowing, coaching and manufacturing experience will provide a valuable resource to our customers.
Jean's interests outside of her family and rowing include: Nordic Skiing, Gardening, Birding, Baking and Reading.
Durham, New Hampshire, USA - Durham Boat Company, Inc. announces that Michael Sivigny has joined the company as Americas Sales and Marketing Manager. A two-time Head of the Charles Men's Championship 1x Champion and 2nd place 2012 Olympic 1x Trials participant, Michael will use his rowing experience and extensive network to assist growing sales for Durham Boat's latest line of full carbon Dreher Aero E-H sculling and sweep oars. In addition to his 10-year General Manager role at CeTaQ Americas, he will use his prior engineering experience to further streamline Durham Boat Company's manufacturing operations; increasing efficiency, reducing cycle time and further enhancing product quality.
As owner of CeTaQ Americas, Michael is a 16-year electronics industry professional with a BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology with a specialization in electronics manufacturing. Mike has also earned AS degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology from New Hampshire Technical Institute. His career includes experience at the TRW Automotive Electronics Group as a Manufacturing Engineer; the Eastman Kodak Company as a Process/Quality Supervisor and as a SMT Process Engineer, where he completed Kodak's Six Sigma Quality Black Belt Training program, and at Speedline Technologies as a Senior Applications Engineer and Sales
Engineer. At CeTaQ Americas, his main emphasis has been to integrate and provide state of the art measurement technology for equipment and process capability analysis. As a professional solutions provider to the electronics industry, CeTaQ Americas offers independent and objective 3rd party test methods for evaluating SMT machine capability, bringing to market a new level of sophistication for the independent comparison of SMT production equipment.
We are very happy to have Michael join our Sales and Marketing Team to compliment our existing OEM, Domestic and International Sales and Marketing effort.
The Durham Boat Company was featured on
WMUR's Chronicle TV Magazine, Thursday, May 31 at 7PM. The segment is now
available for all to see on the Chronicle web site. For a direct link to
the Chronicle segment on Durham Boat Company, Inc. click here.
The Durham Boat Company has several
new products for 2012:
Enhanced Rec-Racers: Durham Boat Company, Inc. is pleased to
announce it is now manufacturing its Carbon Rec-Racers (Ultra Shells) in
the USA. We are in production and are taking orders for the all-carbon
Rec-Racers in two sizes. The hulls are being made in ME, while we make the
Dreher Sculls and carbon rigging components in Durham, NH. The fit and
finish has never been better. We offer our new Universal RXT foot plate and
the personal snap-in shoes as an option. For more information see our web
site: DBC Rec-Racers. Also if you want to
see the new Rec-Racer in action go to the very bottom of this page and
click the Facebook logo and you can view a video of Rec-Racer II.
E-H Sculling Oar Design: This is our next generation of Aero oars.
The E-H Sculling oar, with elliptical shape shaft and a new
hydrodynamic blade shape is designed to improve speed both on both the
recovery and during the initial part of the drive. The new hydrodynamic
blade has been tested for two years. We elected to install it on our
aerodynamic shaft that can be economically produced and also offered in the
high modulus construction (i.e., called the E-HX). For more
information see: Sculls Link: FAQ Facts on
E-H Sculls as compared with the Aero and other oars.
Foot Stretcher Design: We came out with the Universal RXT Shoe
Plate: This is the Universal Rowing Cross Training Shoe Plate that will
fit on many manufacturers boats. The shoe price depends on the stiffness,
weight and comfort of the shoe selected, can used by a wide range of
skilled rowers with the shoe plate economically priced. The key to this
system is that the shoe does not stay with the boat. It is something that
the rower chooses and can use on a daily basis for rowing or cross
training. The shoe plate has a 10-degree toe-to-heel included angle to
allow better power transmission throughout the drive. The shoe snaps into
stainless steel spring clips mounted to each side of the shoe on the shoe
plate which can be easily released, but are not intended for self-releasing
from the boat and relies on the heel tie down per USRA and FISA
regulations. The shoes can also be fitted with Velcro straps. The shoe
plate is compatible with several models of Adidas and K-Swiss shoes that
allow for the attachment member that is added to the shoes, which in turn
provides side mounting of the shoes to the shoe plate. The shoe
performance is not adversely affected by the addition of this attachment
member because it cannot be felt during rowing, walking or running, nor
does it interfere with the bottom of the shoe in any way.
See one of the lighter weight Adidas models that is compatible with The
Universal RXT Shoe plate on a Dreher Carbon Foot Stretcher Frame.
More information can be found on the Dreher Carbon
Foot Stretchers Link.
Oarlock Swivel Design: We came up with a new use for a swivel
concept that dates backs to antiquity in the Greeks Triremes, where the
Greek rowers rowed behind the pin to gain a mechanical advantage. We
postulated that this type of swivel might work well to change the dynamics
in the rowing tank to make the power application more like that which is
experienced in a boat especially at the finish. We have also tried it in
the boat and for some people depending how they row, have seen some
The MVP or Modern Variable Power Swivel that allows handle
acceleration toward the finish that occurs naturally in the boat due the
boat acceleration from catch through release. This does not occur in a
tank, however, due to much greater mass of water rotating at a constant
speed. We have confirmed that this new swivel performs as intended by
equipping it with Force Measurement sensors in the tank. This MVP
Swivel goes along with other tank enhancements that came out in 2011 to
improve the tank load and water circulation. For more information on the
other enhancement can be found on the Dreher Indoor
Rowing Facility Page.
The Durham Boat
Company has installed a Photovoltaic system at its headquarters and
manufacturing facility in Durham, NH. This is where our athlete powered
indoor rowing tanks are designed and Dreher oars and other carbon parts are
- 29 KW Solar Electric System Is Operational:
Rowing is an environmentally friendly sport and inherently has a low carbon
footprint so we are pleased to be in a position where we can minimize our
carbon footprint through this power generation project from a renewable
resource. This philosophy of sustainability is something that has guided us
for years. We have always tried to make products that are designed to not
only perform exceptionally well, but also last a long time. We control the
entire process from the design to manufacturing and in most cases the final
assembly here in the USA. Since we first started making oars we have
autoclaved our oar shafts and in so doing get greater longevity from the
product. We also compression mold our blades and many of the boat parts
that we make. Both processes pack the carbon and promote better resin
transfer under high pressure that results in long lasting parts high
quality parts. The less often you have to replace your oars or other carbon
parts that we make, the lower your environmental impact.
We offer a couple of rowing products (both ours and others) as metaphors:
Those of you that love rowing probably do not like an oversized motor on a
coach boat or any motorized boat out on the water. We have all appreciated
the quiet and economical four cycle engine and wakeless hulls of the latest
coach boats and do not mind paying a little more because it will benefit
the environment and will save money long turn.
For indoor training, pumped tanks are incredibly expensive and have higher
operating cost for the life of the tank and yet you do not get the proper
drive simulation that our latest design indoor rowing system does for a
fraction of the cost and it uses no energy resources other than those of
Our new PV system is a metaphor for the premium quality designs and
products that we make and the thought and workmanship that goes into every
Dreher designed product.
See the picture of our PV system being turned on and please flip a switch
in your mind and endorse Dreher designed products Made in the USA, products
that will last, will in the end reduce your carbon footprint, just as our
new PV system will reduce ours!
Durham Boat Company, Inc. had a
booth there and be presenting at the Technology Corner. We gave a
presentation on Coaching Tools and NPDs. Includes a general overview of
rowing simulators with more specific details on indoor training tools that
we use in our coaching. We gave a brief overview our latest new products
with some video clips of them in action.
- Joy of Sculling Conference:
Durham Boat Company, Inc. attended the
USRowing Convention with its new sculling oar, E-H oar design. We were
there to explain our new tank enhancements applicable to existing and new
tanks alike. We also had several other new products there as well.
Durham Boat Company, Inc. was at the HOCR
and had a new sculling oar design on display (with a new profile and blade
shape - EH). We also gave out brochures on our new tank enhancements that
are included on new tank quotes going forward or can be retrofitted on
Durham Boat Company, Inc. had on display
the latest RP3 Rowperfect Rowing simulator.
Congratulations to Liz Trond and her Jr.
women's four of Chandler Lally (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Lucy Grinalds (Southport,
Conn.) and Jessica Eiffert (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Mia Croonquist
(Vashon, Wash.) that won the gold at at Junior Worlds. See Row2k Jr. World
Gallaries (Sat. PM Racing screen 7 and 8) for pictures of the four in
action. Thanks to Liz for at least a picture of the oars used.
Emily Boucher, U23 Trials winner in
the LW women's single competed in Amsterdam on July 20, 2011. This was
Emily's 2nd year at the U23 World Rowing Championships. In 2010, she 12th
in the LW Women's 1x in Belarus.
Durham Boat Company published a
Facebook page on March 20, 2011. Since Durham Boat Company tanks were used
in the recent movie: "The Social Network", we thought it would be fitting
to publish a Facebook page. The BU tanks, provided by Durham Boat Company,
had a set built around them to make them to look like the Harvard tanks in
the movie. Please see our new Facebook page at: Durham Boat Company, Inc. Facebook
Boat Company, Inc. completed the installation of an 8-station sweep and
sculling tank at TURC in the northern part of the the UK on March 18, 2011.
For more information on the our indoor rowing tank product line, see Dreher Indoor Rowing Facility Page.
- Installed an 8-Station indoor rowing tank in the UK: