>>>>> Hi everyone, the final adjustments I need to dial in are my feet and
>>>>> seat heights.
>>>>> Given the seat height from the water in a single scull is the highest
>>>>> of any boat would I be best to set my feet as low as I can (heels
>>>>> almost on the hull) then adjust the seat height (most likely down)
>>>>> until comfortable? My theory is that lowering the seat will lower the
>>>>> centre of mass and lowering the feet will allow for this. Is there any
>>>>> downside to this approach?
>>>> Paul - Why do you need low feet?
>>>> Cheers -
>>>> Carl Douglas Racing Shells -
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>>> I don't need low feet, I need a low seat (to optimally assist with
>>> balance etc) lowering the feet allow me to lower the seat but retain a
>>> similar relative setup.
>>> Here is my logic:
>>> A single scull will have a higher seat to water height than any other
>>> boat class and therefore a higher centre of mass.
>>> The limiting factor in a single compared to a larger boat is that the
>>> hull gets in the way of lowering your feet further.
>>> Lowering the feet will allow me to lower the seat (and gates) and
>>> still have a similar relative setup but with a lower overall centre of
>>> So why not minimise the limiting factor by lowering your feet as much
>>> as you can as a first step? But retain a similar bio-mechanical setup
>>> through adjusting the seat height.
>> I understand perfectly, but that does not quite answer my question, &
>> you've said you don't need low feet.
>> So why not try _not_ having low feet? We win prizes for being fastest,
>> not for being conformist. So much of what we do is formulaic with the
>> argument for the formula either being long-since forgotten, possibly
>> irrelevant, irrational, or "'cos he said so".
>> I've known top scullers with feet much higher in the boat than most
>> would think "right", but they went on to win many races. You scull, so
>> the world is your oyster, there are no absolute rules, & what works for
>> you need not be what others choose.
>> That was the point of my question. Remember, you can get a harder catch
>> the higher you have your feet. And rowing is a horizontal action, not a
>> vertical one.
>> Cheers -
>> - Show quoted text -
> Splitting hairs here but, that standing, could I not lower my seat
> further than I lower my feet, and have the higher feet setup you are
> referencing but still be overall lower in the boat?
> I guess what I am asking is all-else-held-constant, whether having a
> lower COM provides a theoretical advantage in a single scull?
Yes, sitting lower must help your balance. And since there are no
rational rules, only creeping orthodoxy, on which to determine seat vs
feet levels, yes you can have higher feet with lower seat.
As ever, it's a case of what works for you. Scullers are all different,
& the great ones learn for themselves what works best. This doesn't
necessarily mean they don't work with coaches - most do - but that they
work to evaluate what works best for them.
I wish you every success, and I'm encouraged in that by the fact you are
asking these questions.
Carl Douglas Racing Shells -
Fine Small-Boats/AeRoWing Low-drag Riggers/Advanced Accessories
Write: Harris Boatyard, Laleham Reach, Chertsey KT16 8RP, UK