Petaluma Rowing Shell
Origins: Original boat was found in Petaluma, California and dates from the mid-1920s. Measured, lofted and recorded by Gregg Sabourin in 1986. Drawn by Bill Nielsen 1987.
Dimensions: 19-1/2 feet long, 27 inch beam. Weight: depends on materials used.
Materials: (orig. boat) Red cedar planking; frames: not known; fastened with copper clench nails.
Uses: Single rowing shell with sliding seat and outriggers.
Time to Build: Six to eight weeks with occasional help.
Materials: (new boat) Sitka spruce planking; locust frames; fastened with copper rivets and burrs.
Cost of materials: $1500-$1800 plus rowing hardware and one pair 9 ft. 9 in. oars.
Special features: Hardware--sliding seat, outriggers, clog assembly is usually available from George Pocock's company, Pocock Racing Shells, on special order. There are other suppliers readily available online.