Both rowing and sculling are popular water sports in North America. From the outside looking in, people may not realize that while the sport itself may appear fun, getting inside a rowing shell can be difficult when you’re just getting started. If you are planning to row or use a scull, then you first need to figure out the best way to launch. The reason is that rowing shells are shallow and easily tip over when you try to get in. Floating docks for rowing shells can make the process much easier.
One of the features of rowing shells is that they sway more than the kayaks or canoes people might be used to. The right docks for rowing shells can actually make a pretty big difference.
If your platform is higher than the rowing shell, it is going to be a lot easier to tip while you’re trying to get in. The ideal way to enter a rowing shell is when the water level is at the same level as the platform. Floating docks for rowing shells will help maintain that same level as the water’s surface, hence making it a little easier to enter the shell.
Take a look at some of our Low Freeboard Rowing Docks to get an idea of the optimum height of a dock. Our floating docks for rowing shells are frequently utilized by universities, rowing facilities, and boathouses because they allow the racers to enter the vessel with minimal difficulty. A floating dock can be designed in such a way that it fits the needs of the rowers. And, more importantly, the floating dock should be relatively lightweight so that it can be more easily disassembled during the winter season.
The best floating docks have to be stable. If the floating dock has too much motion or sways, this can make it tricky to enter. The key is to have a floating dock that is large and stable. Over the years, professionals have designed various types of floating platforms that cater to rowing shells. Most are pretty long which helps keep the platform relatively stable and balanced. The rowers can gather onto the platform and then enter the shell with no issues.
Things to Consider
If you are considering rowing, then call us to build a floating platform for you. Today, customized low-profile docks can be built with ease.
Building a floating platform requires attention to detail. Even though there are many types of floating docks on the market, the right platform for rowing shells should usually be a low floating dock that functions well even in swift waters and permits easy access to the vessel. If the floating dock remains choppy and has too much motion, it’s not the one for you.
Another thing you should consider is the deck material which will not only impact the safety and functionality, but also the appearance. Our rowing docks are made of polyethylene specifically designed to not rot, splinter, or require paint and offer durability in all types of weather. Our surface coat is slip-resistant and avoids many issues related to damage.
The best way to know which dock is ideal for your situation is to consult with a professional. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing floating dock or design a new one, call AccuDock at 954-785-7557. Our Dock Specialists can help you get started on your design.