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#11452930 - 03/02/16 09:09 PM Rowing a Kayak
B_Rod Offline
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This is something I've not seen before. Anyone ever row a kayak before?

#11452933 - 03/02/16 09:12 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
armadillomojo Offline
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Registered: 10/28/11
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Loc: Cleburne,Tx
I know that NuCanoe has a rowing kit for the Frontier. I have never tried it though....Interesting...

#11453102 - 03/02/16 11:27 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
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That video made me wanna dance for some reason!


#11453159 - 03/03/16 04:19 AM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
Fisherman13 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/13
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Loc: Lake Lavon
No thanks. That guy makes it look easy. Rowing is no fun in my opinion. Those guys that kayak the white water don't row for a reason. I had a raft once and had to row that thing in the wind it tired me out really fast. Its a an interesting idea but definitely not for me. I would also think that that stuff would get in my way while fighting a fish.

#11454823 - 03/03/16 05:51 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
christian myrick Offline
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I dont think it would be as efficient. To maintain any speed you have to go in reverse. I wanna see where im going

#11454882 - 03/03/16 06:35 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
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Oh Hail No!

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#11454930 - 03/03/16 07:06 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
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#11455062 - 03/03/16 08:02 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
Hawkpuppy 1 Offline
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I like it

#11455304 - 03/03/16 09:49 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
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I wonder about sustained efficiency, you're rowing by pushing your arms forward. It doesn't look natural or comfortable.

#11455531 - 03/04/16 06:16 AM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
Bass Art Offline
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There is a guy at Lake Athens with a touring kayak that has a rowing setup with a linkage that reverses the rowing motion, i.e., pulling the oar handles propels him forward. It's a long kayak, probably 17-18', and I've seen him paddle from the west side of the lake to the dam and back in about 45-50 minutes many times. That's more than 5 miles any way you cut it, and I'm sure I've seen him make the trip in less time than that at least a few times. I would bet he's averaging at least 7 mph on his faster mornings. Maybe faster.
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#11455794 - 03/04/16 08:54 AM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
bert Offline
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One of many if you search forward facing rowing. I have seen them on a pirogue but have never tried them and would bet they can be quite efficient. The problem I see with a lot of them is they are as expensive as a kayak.

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#11456148 - 03/04/16 12:02 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
Superslab Offline

Registered: 02/28/15
Posts: 129
Loc: Frisco, TX
I'd pass on that!

#11456440 - 03/04/16 02:50 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
Rubberdown Offline

Registered: 05/17/15
Posts: 164
Loc: Houston, Tx
I'd bet you could move pretty dang quick like that.

#11456462 - 03/04/16 03:07 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
AdanV Offline
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Loc: Katy, TX
With rowing, you'll get more torque than paddling, but not much speed as paddling.
Most kayakers want Speed.
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#11456635 - 03/04/16 04:51 PM Re: Rowing a Kayak [Re: B_Rod]
cricman Offline

Registered: 01/12/16
Posts: 37
Even though rowing is more efficient than paddling- two strokes working together, with no wasted energy correcting the stroke induced steer correction and the involvement of more muscle groups to power the stroke- kayaks with rowing rigs are simply not designed to make efficient use of human anatomy to get the most efficient transfer of energy out of a rowing rig. For example, rowing sculls typically have a sliding seat that allows the involvement of the legs and lower back in the power stroke. That feature alone gives them a huge advantage over paddling. Olympic level scullers in single scull approach 12 miles per hour sustained over 1500 meters! A kayak couldn't come close to this speed in any situation (unless they had a torqeedo.) Plus (since we are talking of fishing) a rower can see his teasers and shotguns when trolling for billfish!!!!


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