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Freedom boats – Recreational / Open water

Swift’s recreational/open water boats (1x and 2x/-) are built using FISA’s design for adaptive boats.  They are available in 2 grades of construction, either Club A or Club B, both of which are sandwich construction, so providing stiffness and durability, which is especially important in these flat bottomed boats, while at the same time keeping the weight manageable.

They are useful for introducing beginners to rowing, as recreational boats, for touring, and as an alternative to always training in a fine racing shell, especially in open water or rougher conditions, or for heavier loading and less concern with balance (floating ergometer!). Please note that these are not sea boats, which are designed and built to deal with large waves, and are self bailing, usually with an open stern/transom.

They are stable due to their greater width/beam and flat bottoms, they track well due to their length, and also have a good turn of speed.   The single was even used in 2007 in the Czech junior championships by a novice rower, and helped her get a 3rd place finish!

Sizes and crew weights of the boats

  Length mm Width mm Depth mm Crew weight range kg (approx)
1x 6360 510 265 65-105
2x 9160 515 275 60-100

In order to make these boats convertible to adaptive boats, they are only supplied with our aluminium wing riggers. In fact, the boats are built exactly the same way as the adaptive boats. For details please read the adaptive page.

Recreational/Open water 1x and 2x/- boat weights

  Club A Club B Variation
1x 18 20 ±1kg
2x 33 36 ±2kg
2- 31 34 ±2kg

Combined adaptive and recreational boats

In Spring 2010 we stopped offering on our price list the combined adaptive and recreational 1x and 2x. This does not mean that you cannot use these boats for both purposes.

If you wish to order a combined boat, please first order the boat as an adaptive version. Then you will need to add the following spare parts;

  • Seats (300mm wide)
  • Seat rails (the holes in the seat deck for attaching rails will be the same for adaptive
    and recreational, so it is easy to change the rails)
  • Riggers? (if you order an adaptive boat with an
    especially narrow span etc, you may
    need to order extra riggers for recreational use)