Steering A Row Boat Is Easy

Steering A Row Boat Is Easy

  1. Pick the right boat. Choose your boat based on how many people will be operating it and how it handles. A general rule of thumb is that longer boats are easier to steer, but shorter rowboats have their advantages too.
  2. Keep your balance. Ensure that any carried weight is balanced in such a way that the boat is as flat on the water as possible. Keep your passengers steady in their positions. Avoid cluttering up with too much gear. This is done because when one end is sticking out of the water it takes a lot more effort to steer and paddle.
  3. Oarlocks. Using locks on your oars decreases the amount of effort you have to put into steering in amazing amounts. A tip for good oar positioning: Turn the oars one at a time, ie only one should be in the water at a time. An efficient lock will ensure you can easily maintain the best oar position with the least effort.
  4. Don’t forget the reversed directions. Use the oars to steer yourself, left oar steering right and vice versa.
  5. Find the right oar. People tend to favour longer oars, often oars double the length of the boat. Longer oars save energy by helping you gain power with less effort, which increases your ability to control the boat.

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