Rowing rigging

Freeboard

Concept: Space between the top of the gunwales and the water surface, measured vertical when the boat is exactly level.
Sizes: Measured in centimeters.
Effect:
+ The higher the freeboard, the more difficult waves can enter the boat.
The lower the freeboard, the easier water can get into the boat.
Measure: Use a spirit level and a carpenters square with a centimater scale on it. Position the boat with the rowers near the pontoon. Place the spirit level on the gunwales and have the rowers keep the boat level with their oars. Measure the freeboard with the carpenters square, holding the short side against the surface of the water.
Adjust: The freeboard is determined by the boat volume, the construction method of the boat and the weight of the crew. Cannot be adjusted.


Freeboard and free-swivel


Stroke quadrants
Free-swivel

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