Rowing rigging

Blade pitch

Concept: The difference in degrees between the blade and the vertical.
Sizes: Measured in degrees. Blade pitch: 3-7°
+ Forward: The blade has a tendency to skip and rows more easily.
Backward: the blade tends to digging deep, rows harder but thrusts more effectively.
Measure: Use the inclino/angle/pitch meter to measure in degrees. Place the boat level on two slings. It is important that the boat is exactly level in both the lateral and longitudinal direction. First level the boat in longitudinal direction. Then use the fixing rods to level the boat in the lateral direction. Calibrate the pitch meter in both the sternward and outward direction of the boat. Place an oar in the oarlock. Ask a second person to push the oar well against the contact surface of the oarlock. Measure the pitch of the blade by placing the pitch meter 6cm from the edge of the blade on the blade. Measure the angle at three points by rotating the oar:
    Sculling    Sweep rowing 
 Catch 70°   60°
 Perpendicular  90°  90°
 Finish 40° 30°

De blade pitch is the sum of the resultante of the two pin pitches (1), the angles of the adjusting bushes (2) and the oar pitch (3)

Stellen: The blade pitch can only be set by setting one or more of the following angles, namely the: 
1.  Stern pitch oarlock pin;
2. Outward pitch oarlock pin;
3. Oarlock pitch;
4. Oar pitch.

Oar pitch
Distance through the work

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