Shells

As the largest rowing shell in a fleet, the 8+ (eight) is about 60 feet long and carries eight rowers and a coxswain. In this boat, many say that the power house sits in the middle four seats while the rhythm is set by the stroke pair (last two seats). The bow pair is important for making sure that the shell stays balanced. When all 8 rowers move together, the sound and feeling of an 8+ is unlike that in any other shell.

Boat Name Skill Level Weight Class Average Weight Manufacturer Color Year & Model
Tom Donohoe 1 MWT 150 – 180 Vespoli White & Red 2003 EM
See Ya L-Eight-R 3 LWT 110 – 150 Vespoli Black & Red 2004 ES
Master Minds 3 MWT 150 – 180 Vespoli Black 2011 EM
Mahnaz & Frank Steinmann 3 HWT 190 – 220 Vespoli Black 2003 M2

There are two types of four-man rowing shells: quads and fours. When four rowers each carry two oars, we call it a 4x (quad). On the other hand, four rowers each with one oar in a boat steered by a coxswain is called 4+ (four-plus); while a four without a coxswain is called a 4- (four-minus).

Boat Name Skill Level Weight Class Average Weight Manufacturer Color Year & Model
Crews Control 2 MWT 160 – 190 Hudson White & Red 1999
Tore My Quad 3 LWT 130 – 170 Vespoli White 2015
Quad Squad 3 MWT 160 – 190 Hudson White & Red 2009
Quadzilla II 3 HWT 190 – 225 Hudson Grey & Red 2009
Boat Name Skill Level Weight Class Average Weight Manufacturer Color Year & Model
Fourtune 2 MWT 160 – 185 Vespoli White & Red 2002 DM
Fourtitude 2 HWT 185 – 225 Vespoli White & Red 2002 DL
Black Pearl 3 MWT 145 – 200 Resolute Black 2012
GA Peach 3 LWT  125 – 155  Vespoli Black  2014

Two rowers in a shell can be called a double (2x) or a pair (2-). In our fleet, we rig our shells as 2x’s; but, some of our advanced shells can be rigged as a 2-. While most pairs are rowed without a coxswain (2-) today, pairs that were rowed with a coxswain were referred to symbolically as 2+. The pair is one of the hardest shells to master and our members are required a minimum check out of level 3 and a recommendation from a coach. Doubles (2x) are one of our most popular shells to use during the week and for competition at regattas.

Boat Name Skill Level Weight Class Average Weight Manufacturer Color Year & Model
Magnolia 1 HWT 150 – 225 WinTech White & Red 2005
Kudzu 2 MWT 155 – 185 Kaschper White & Red 1998
Double Trouble 2 MWT 155 – 185 Kaschper White & Orange 2003
Phoenix 2 HWT 185 – 215 Kaschper White & Red 1997
Chickadee
2x or 2+
3 LWT 115 – 140 Vespoli White 2015
Heron 3 LWT 115 – 140 Hudson White & Red 2006
Azalea
2x
3 MWT 145 – 180 Vespoli White 2015
Toucan
2x or 2+
3 MWT 150 – 180 Hudson White & Green 2006
Swinger
2x or 2+
3 MWT 130 – 180 Hudson White & Red 2008
Dogwood 3 MWT 170 – 190 Hudson White & Red 2006
Armin Poes
2x or 2+
3 HWT 190 – 220 Hudson White & Red 2006
Sequoia
2x or 2+
3 HWT 200 – 235 Hudson White & Red 2004

Shells with one rower is called a single (1x). Our fleet of singles includes shells for the absolute beginner, such as the WinTech Explorer, or for any members aspiring to medal in their next regatta.

Boat Name Skill Level Weight Class Average Weight Manufacturer Color Year & Model
Single Minded 1 All 110 – 240 WinTech White 2009 Explorer
Lone Ranger 1 All  110 – 240 WinTech Silver  2009 Explorer
Sandbar Smasher 1 All 110-240 WinTech White 2015 Explorer
Solitude 2 LWT 110 – 160 Peinert White & Yellow 2003 25X
Green Hornet 2 LWT 120 – 165 Hudson White & Green 1998
Seashell 2 MWT 165 – 185 Burgashell White, Red, & Blue 1998 A
Ruthless 2 MWT 165 – 185 Burgashell White, Red, & Blue 2001 C
Aerodynamic 2 HWT 150 – 210 Peinert White & Blue 2004 26
Aretha 2 HWT 180 – 210 Hudson White 1998
Southern Flyer 2 MWT 110 – 150 Wintech White 2007
BananaBoat 3 LWT 110 – 165 Peinert Yellow 2012
Happy Hour 3 LWT 120 – 145 Hudson White 2007
Solo Slide 3 MWT 145 – 180 Hudson White 2007
Soloist 3 MWT 150 – 190 Kaschper White 2009 N-X
Skull & Cross Blades 3 HWT 180 – 215 Kaschper White 2009 N-X
It’s About Time 3 HWT 210 – 260 Vespoli Black M27XL
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