The St. Lawrence River Skiff, arguably the
best rowboat ever
conceived. I have not one, but two of these wooden beauties built by Bill
Grunwald (Aeolus Boats in Davenport California) and refined and finished by
me. They have modern sliding seats and carbon fiber oars like a racing
shell, but the boat design is at least 130 years old. With two aboard we
weigh in fully loaded for a long trip at 1,000 lbs and even with only one
rowing station leave kayaks far behind. The boats are fitted with
traditional sprit sails too, and although not high performance sailers, are
pleasant and useful enough if the wind is going roughly in your direction.
The originals had neither centerboards nor rudders and were handled by
weight transfer: not recommended for Alaskan waters. You could go to
Clayton NY to see w whole museum devoted to these boats and see the
originals. They also have one in at Mystic Seaport. I like to row.
Expeditionary, wilderness type rowing, or just a row around Auke Bay in
front of the house for a workout. We rowed from Sitka to Juneau in July
which was a good adventure and took a couple of weeks and included some
water we would prefer to have avoided.
Mystic Seaport has some great SLRS pictures here....
Well, you don't have to be in Alaska to enjoy traditional rowing and
sailing...let's say you were in
Venice with some time on your hands...
Or, you're in Seattle with a hour or two to spare...why not rent a
wooden rowing or sailing craft and give yourself a tour of Lake
Union! Tell 'em Bill sent ya...(and you can buy one of our nice
sailboat pins to commemorate the experience!)
And of course the pelvic
saddle of rowing traditions Oxford...has a
great page up on rowing, including stuff like all the club and school
blade patterns, the invention of the sliding seat and so on...