|What precipitated this effort was an email from a former Radio Officer's email asking why he couldn't face forward when rowing...I guess he was considering buying a row boat. I told him to buy the rowboat, and then he'd find out.
Then I thought of how many who don't have an inkling of rowing, and thought I'd document that one event in my life where I rowed "big time".
The Monomoy design is an evolution of the classic utilitarian whaleboat: a double-ended, lightweight, cheaply constructed boat to be rowed or sailed under all conditions in pursuit of whales (sic) and for use in general ship's work.
In 1934 the U.S. Coast Guard standardized the design for contract purposes, and thousands were built for use as lifeboats and gigs aboard not only naval and military ships but also commercial freighters and ocean liners.
The standard Monomoy, according to Coast Guard Plan No. 90870 of May, 1934, is 26'0" between perpendiculars, 7'0" breadth to inside of planking at sheer, and has a molded depth of about 2'4" amidships. There are stations for 10 rowers, a centerboard and rudder with a lug-rigged sail, and a plank across the stern for a steering oar.
With the addition of heavy-duty hoisting gear at a "standard" 20' spread, the boat is quite simple and Spartan.
The above documentation glommed from some boat builder's page...nicely stated.
The oars used to propell these boats in our time were made of clear-grained white ash. The oars being twelve, or so feet in length, and the Sweep Oar being sixteen, or so feet in length. Rowlocks ( Oarlocks ) were swiveled on the Gunwale. Up to ten could row, plus the Coxswain...eleven in total - twelve with a bow tender ( Navy calls them "Bowhooks" ).
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