Monday, June 20, 2011
I've been looking for a serious row boat for some time and although this is interesting it's not exactly what I had in mind. The Rocat, as it's called, is a high tech rowing shell that clearly offers great stability, great speed with less effort and probably very satisfactory rough water handling capabilities, judging by the videos and testimonials on the builders'/designers' website. For people who want to just row and get excersize it seems like a hot ticket. But people who want an all around row boat to use as a tender or service craft will find this type of boat pretty frustrating. How would you enter and exit or load and unload the boat from the dock or another boat? Not easily. And if you want to keep your boat tied up at a marina's dinghy dock you better plan on paying extra for a slip. It's a great idea, and probably a great performer but it's not for everyone. You'll find more info here.