A Racing Heritage
Durham Boat Company has been a provider of world class racing shells since 1982. Our desire to provide state-of-the-art rowing shells for oarsman in North America has led us to work with many of the most notable brands.
Stämpfli Racing Boats
As the oldest operating rowing hull manufacture in the world, the story of Stämpfli Racing Boats is a long and prestigious one. Over a century ago in 1896, Johann Friedrich August Stämpfli created the company and brand in Zurich Switzerland. The first hulls produced were fishing boats and sailing yachts, but the company quickly evolved and produced its first rowing racing hull in 1898. After the success of their first rowing hull, Stämpfli continued to forge ahead leading the industry in hull design, materials exploration, and construction.
The Durham Boat Company began importing the original Rec-Racer in 1984 and it proved to be a very speedy and popular boat. Initially we imported the entire boat. Gradually we moved to purchasing the hull and installing all the hardware. We manufacture the foot stretchers, seats, and riggers as well as install all other hardware and custom rig the boat. In 1994, we changed the design to slightly increase its maximum capacity, while further improving on its speed and rowing efficiency. The changes have been very well received. In 1995 and 1996, the boat was used in the Blackburn Challenge (an approximately 20-mile race around Cape Ann, near Gloucester, MA in open water conditions). Both years a course record was set, beating all manufacturers of open water racing shells.
The FISA hull was developed at the request of FISA, the international governing body for the sport of rowing. In 2008, we reintroduced the FISA Single in carbon construction coinciding with a move from Europe to Canada. We offer two hull capacities; The FISA (Standard Displacement) and FISA II (Large Displacement) hull shape. The FISA II hull is 1/2″ deeper and 1/4″ wider than the original FISA I hull. Both boats are the same length.
BBG Racing Shells
Durham Boat Company has been the longstanding North American rep for BBG Racing Shells. In early 2016 BBG reorganized as Bootsmanufaktur Berlin GmbH with new management, but with the same Master Boat Builder and many of the same workers. We are still a components supplier to the new BBG, as well as a dealer of BBG boats, repair parts, rigging and offer an exchange service to sell refurbished BBG boats to the US market on consignment as they become available.