“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” John A Shedd
As a follower of our team I hope it won’t have escaped your notice that we, after a few months delay, finally have a boat of our own. So sit back and enjoy a guided tour from the comfort of wherever it is you currently are.
The other big difference between a pure and concept is the Bow (front) and Stern (rear) cabins. In a concept the Bow cabin is larger than the front giving a small sail area so providing some extra speed.
With the main structure of the boat covered let’s move onto where we will be spending most of our time, at least 12 hours a day, the rowing positions. Part one is the seat which is, as it looks, mounted on roller skate wheels. Being made of plastic and ceramic they are far more robust and durable than the standard runner design you might see on the machine at the gym. As we discovered at the Wonston arms rowing is a ‘pain in the ass’ so whilst these seats come with padding I can assure you we will be enhancing this. Once sat down our feet go in these footplates- which are fairly self explanatory. The many bolts and screws are for us to adjust them to the optimum position. The last of three are the metal riggers the square plastic gates, where the oars will sit.
You can see from the ‘aerial’ photographs that we have nine storage compartments on the boat four with square hatches and four with red circular ones. This is where we will store all our provisions such as food and water and anything we won’t need to hand. To give you some idea of scale that’s 35x 2 litre bottles of water.
This concludes part one of our tour. Part two will be a tour of the electronics and equipment that will be taken on the voyage. These haven’t been fitted yet and tomorrow our boat will be relocated to Portsmouth for the final stage of construction.
You may have noticed something else is missing - our ship doesn’t have a name. We want to give you the honour of naming her, and a competition will be announced in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our website and social media for details!
Finally, almost as a post script, for your health and safety. Please don’t get too attached to this vessel. At the end of the race it will be sold to another team for another crossing in another year. But please take solace in the fact that all profits from the sale will go directly to our charities but more importantly this course of action will keep our boat where she is meant to be, crossing the high seas!
MEN OF OAR
The Men of Oar Blog has been written to keep you, our supporters, up to speed with our progress through our challenge and inform you about some of the more complex aspects of Ocean Rowing. Although it is based on true events, the blog is written to entertain. We hope you enjoy-if so please share!