View Full Version : Comments about Oxford Rowing Shell

Tim B
01-04-2001, 11:34 PM

You sent me an email and for some reason I can't return a response. So I'm posting it here.

Your email:

> > Hi Tim, I saw your post on wooden boat regarding the Oxford Rowing
> > Shell. I currently own an Alden Double, and was thinking about buying a
> > Mass 24, or an Aero, but whe I saw the Oxford kit @ CLC boats I was very
> > impressed. I curious about how well the building process went. (I've
> > never built a boat before, and I'm not a woodworker). Also how does it
> > perform on the water compared to other shells you've rowed?

My response:

> Haven't checked my email lately! The oxford shell was my first attempt at
> building a boat also. I don't consider myself a great woodworker. I've
> pounded together afew projects, but I don't believe that I have the knack
> that will ever result in perfect joints. Stitch and glue construction is
> good in that way. Things don't have to fit perfectly. A loose fitting
> joint is just as strong and looks just the same after the joint is
> The kit instructions say it takes about 40 hours to assemble. It took me
> about twice as long. 40 hours would be possible if I built one again.
> There was alot of off time, while epoxy was curing. In general I would
> on the kit in 2 hour chunks. Worked out good for me because I could spend
> evenings on it after the kids went to bed.
> The only other shell that I've rowed is an Alden double. The Alden was
> stable. After I got used to it, I could let go of the oars and turn
> to face forward. I would do this to paddle through some tight spots in
> of the lakes I rowed on. The Alden would also drag it's stern quite a bit
> when I came back up for the catch.
> The Oxford is much more tippy than the Alden. I can balance it with the
> oars out of the water and sitting still, but not for long, 10 seconds
> It moves very smoothly. I don't notice the stern dragging at all. It
> handles chop well, as good as the Alden. I can't make a comparison to
> Grame King's kingfisher or to a racing shell. The Oxford has a vee shaped
> bottom. At the cockpit the vee is shallow, maybe 10 degrees. At the bow
> and stern it is vertical, 90 degrees.
> Hope this helps