>This is a re-post. Anyone, (perhaps at USRowing) able to help with this?
>Thanks in advance,
>> About 2 1/2 years ago, while living in Tokyo, I had a neighbor called
>> David Chamberlain that was handling Japan distribution for an
>> American-built rowing machine which I believe was called the "Water
>> Rower". It was quite an interesting design and quite elegant; the
>> resistance mechanism was a water-filled tank. I'm now in a position
>> I would like info on purchasing, and would be interested to hear from
>> anyone that has used this equipment.
>> Pete Farmer
>> #include <stddisclaimer.h>
These are nice machines, I've used one for a while. They feel more
like "reality" than the C-II's do, but there are some drawbacks:
1) No performance monitor. i.e. no comparing your times with other
people, no checking your improvement from week to week, no
automatic calibration w.r.t. the amount of water in the machine,
the viscosity of the water you are using, etc.
2) Adjusting the difficulty means stopping, then adding or removing
water from the tank.
3) The thing weighs a lot with all that water!
Still it was the smoothest, most realistic rowing machine I've ever
been on. (Though I have never been on one of the Simuletics machines,
which are supposed to be *great*. Has anyone?)
A mail-order firm in the US used to carry the water rower. The company
was called "Herrington", or "Harrington", and you can get their # by
If they can't help you, a workout club in N.Y. City called CRUNCH Fitness
uses them, and they should be able to point you to a distributor.