The Colin Angus “RowCruiser”…
- Length Overall: 5.7 m (19')
- Weight: 67.2 kg (148 lbs)
- Waterline Length: 560 cm (18' 7 ")
- Width: 112 cm (44")
- Watertight compartments: 5
- Sprint speed: 9-11 km/hr (6 knots)
- Cruise Speed: 5-7 km/hr (4 knots)
- Maximum recommended touring load: 400 kg (880 lbs)
I was entranced when I first saw this design… This was the first design that fit my definition of an oar cruiser outlined in this blog:
- Small/light enough that I can either car-top it, or man-handle it myself on and off a trailer…
- Primarily ‘oar-powered’… any sails are auxiliary and typically for down-wind only...
- High length to width ratio (especially at the waterline) for speed and reduced resistance…
- Low, especially at the ends to reduce effect of head/cross winds…
- Sea-worthy enough for coast-wise rowing…
- ‘Cruise-able’ enough to sleep in and carry all I need for 3-5 days without re-supplying.
How does the Colin's “RowCruiser” fulfill this definition?
- At 148 pounds (67kg), it’s just able to be car topped by one person… and easily loaded onto a light trailer.
- Obviously oar-powered. She can be rowed either with a sliding seat or fixed seat. If I were to make a sliding seat, I’d make foot risers that were at least 15” (38cm) wide in order to help maintain balance in rough water conditions. (Note that Colin has added available plans for a sailing rig, with outriggers, for full sailing capabilities.)
- Waterline length (18’ 7”, 5.7m) to waterline width (32”, 81.3cm) ratio is 7:1.
- Freeboard forward is 20 ½“ (52cm), while at the stern it’s 16 ½” (43cm).
- With a self-draining cockpit, full decks, massive water tight compartments (with hatches closed), “RowCruiser” is very sea-worthy.
- She is designed to be cruised by one person with a 6’2” (1.88m) totally enclosed but ventilated berth, plus generous storage space in the aft compartment. In addition, Colin provides plans for a ‘kitchen’ that can be used in the cockpit for cooking and eating, then stored while rowing.
|The Prototype "RowCruiser"|
|Two People Can Take Day Trips|
|The 6' 2" Berth for Warm, Dry Sleeping, Fully Ventilated|
|Heading Into a Secluded Anchorage for a Good Night's Sleep After a Day's Row|
Colin Angus, designer of the RowCruiser:
“The RowCruiser offers comfortable sleeping accommodation for one person without sacrificing performance. This boat moves at about the same speed as a sea kayak, and will travel comfortably in rougher waters.
The RowCruiser makes multi-day excursions extremely simple; drop the anchor and retire into the comfortable cabin when you’re tired. The watertight design protects the occupant from the heaviest of wind and rain, while an over-sized hatch vent provides plenty of ventilation and keeps condensation at bay.”
See RowCruiser for details.
What do you think:
What do you think:
- Is this the perfect oar cruiser?
- Why or why not?
- What would you want different?
In the next blog, we'll talk about compasses in oar cruisers.
All photos used with permission from Colin Angus.