Using the Fleet
Once you have the required skills (you have completed your lessons or have been checked out) you will have open access to our fleet of Echo rowing shells. These are available for your use from dawn until dusk, all year round.
An additional checkout is required to use the high-performance shells (Maas Aero and Maas 24). These require more care launching and landing, and are more suitable for rowers with some experience, as they are less stable than the Echo's.
A separate checkout is also required in order to use the Wintech Double; it uses a completely different storage and rigging system than the other shells.
A few considerations:
- Members can take out rowing shells for up to 2 hours at a time
- Stay on shore until dawn; return before dark
- Level 1 Skippers must stay on shore if there are whitecaps or if the wind exceeds 7 kts
- Level 1 Skippers take out double shells with experienced rowers only
- Level 2 Skipper should stay on shore if wind > 20 kts
- Know your capabilities and stay within your limits
The boat use policies and practices are in place primarily for the safety of the members. If you respect them, it is very likely that you and the craft will return without incident.
The two-hour policy is in place to help to ensure that no one gets stuck on shore on a beautiful day, not to limit your enjoyment. Use your judgement; don’t plan your marathon rows for those hot, still days when everyone in the club will be visiting, and if you want to stay out longer, stop by the club first to see whether anyone is waiting for a boat.
On those rare days when you cannot immediately get the boat that you want, check the log. You will be able to predict with some accuracy when you should be on the beach to intercept the returning rower. You will be very popular if you are ready to take over the craft as soon as it is beached, saving the returning member the need to land, clean and stow the equipment.