Rowing rigging

Distance through the work

Concept: The distance measured in the longitudinal direction of the boat between the center of the oarlock pin and the front of the seat when it is against the front stop. This is the maximum distance that the rower can slide through the work  The actual work through distance is determined by how far the rower slides to his front stops.
Sizes: Measured in centimeters: 5cm–20cm
+ More through the work through gives a heavier catch and a lighter finish.
Less through the work through gives a lighter catch and a heavier finish.

Measure: Using a batten, a carpenter square and a tape measure. Because this distance is difficult to measure, it is useful to mark the center position of the oarlock pin with a marker, a scriber or adhesive tape on the top of the gunwale. The batten is placed over gunwales and set with a carpenter square to a 90 degrees angle. Then the whole is shifted so that one of the sides of the batten is exactly under the center of the oarlock pin. This heart position is transferred to the boat. From that point, the distance to the front stop can be precisely measured using the batten and carpenter square. The distance that the seat protrudes from the front stop must be added to this. An alternative is to measure right up to the front of the seat.

measure work
Measuring and marking the oarlock pin heart on the gunwale

Adjust: There are three ways to get the rower sliding through the work more:
1.  The slides can be pushed further to the stern. This can be done via two wing nuts under the sliding. The tracks are accessible via the vent hatch.
2. The wing rigger can be moved further to the bow.
3. A double action seat can be used instead of a single action seat (see also: Sliding length).

Blade pitch
Distance behind the work

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