I'm planning to buy an entry level 1x this Spring (soon). The boats that
other people have suggested include: 1. the Peinert 26, 2. the Mass 26,
and the Alden 26 (new this year). Any suggestions or anything better?
I started rowing two years ago and when I decided to get my own boat, I
decided to just go directly to boat 2 and skip boat one. I got a Hudson
and really like it. I had no trouble with stability and it is great fun
to learn to row a really fine boat. I am a veteran woman and weigh about
110 lbs.and have been in two races so far this year- no wins yet but I
didn't flip it.
good luck with whatever you get.
I have had a Peinert 26 for 4 years and simply love it. It is beautifully
built, and seems likely to last about forever. I haven't rowed the other
boats you mention (though I just bought a Maas 24 for open water, but this
doesn't seem to be the type of boat you are interested in). I have rowed
some boats I liked better than the Peinert, but none at anywhere near the
price. The only boats I have liked better have been the composite
Staempfli (about $7000) and the Van Dusen Advantage (about $6500). One
friend has spoken well of the Maas 26 (and based on the 24, it probably
also is extremely well built) but since I don't want to spend around three
times the price, I plan to stick with my Peinert. I have rowed a couple of
Hudsons, but not enough to really form an opinion.
> I'm planning to buy an entry level 1x this Spring (soon). The boats that
> other people have suggested include: 1. the Peinert 26, 2. the Mass 26,
> and the Alden 26 (new this year). Any suggestions or anything better?
In the water, the boat is unbelieavably stable - I rowed in big big
waves these past four days and the boat just sits there very solid. WM
has a slight angle on the hull which makes the central portion of the
boat very stable in rough water. In flat water (sometimes we do get that
in Montreal) the boat just floats as if it was suspended in space. It
glides unbelievably well. Take it from an Ex-Hudson rower, there's
nothing close to that lovely WM feeling. And when you place your blades
in the water and pull - boom, the boat goes! In short, don't waste your
time with any other boat, buy a WM and you'll experience Nirvana!!!
(yup, I'm sold)... And I'm not paid by WM to say this. (Now that I
think of it, maybe I should give them a call!)
WM is World in Motion and is designed by a Swiss guy with offices in
Australia, France, China, Switzerland, etc... You can get info on this
boat if you call Charles Herscher in New York (212-427-5825) you can
NorthEastern University last monday, there was 4 other new WM - of
various sizes. So there you go, heaven is at the tip of your fingers...
Good luck and happy rowing!
Montreal Rowing Club
I didn't see the original thread, but looks like someone's
trying to figure out which shell to buy?
I rowed in a Mass 24 about 5 times (just to learn the
basics) and then bought my Owen. I had more problems
adjusting to rowing as a sculler (I'm a sweeper) than I
did with balance. I wouldn't trade my Owen in for
I've been in 3 races, had a GREAT time. Am looking
forward to the next one!
I've dumped it once, but that's because I was dumb enough
that first spring to try it when the current was still
very fast. My owen ejected me and then had the nerve to
sit there and chuckle at me. My sweat shirt which was
tucked in front of my stretchers never even got wet.
I'm 34 yrs, 5'3", 130 lbs. My shell was made for me by
Owen Racing Shells (in Oregon) by modifying a light weight
shell (mostly changes in the rigging & splash gaurd). If
you're lighter than me, you might want to check out a fly
weight shell....but that would depend on the maker.
I've talked to Charles Herschler at WM. He sent me some beautiful
literature. I also stopped in to see the people at the Northeastern
Boathouse. They had very nice things to say about the WM's. However, I
am a novice rower and price is an issue until I know that I'm in the sport
for the long haul. $4,500 is a real step up from $2,500 for me. I
suspect that your advice is right on the mark, but the cost issue may
preclude me from going with a WM at this point. Do you know if they have
a 2nd hand market for their boats?
>I've talked to Charles Herschler at WM. He sent me some beautiful
>literature. I also stopped in to see the people at the Northeastern
I've just tried out one of those wing Stampfli thingies, and I'd like to
see how the WM compares. My current boat just seems to be getting
slower and slower compared to these latest models :-(