Oxford Shell




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Product Description

A swift, smooth running ‘recreational’ shell suitable for all skill levels.



The Oxford Rowing Shell is designed for novice and intermediate rowers, and while it is not an ‘open water boat’ it can be rowed in a fair chop. A comparison row with one of the best known recreational shells showed the Oxford Shell to be extremely fast and quite stable. The design features a high coaming and watertight bulkheads.

The Oxford Shell is a swift, smooth running ‘recreational’ shell suitable for all skill levels. The narrow hard-chine hull provides speed and good initial stability in a shape that's easy to build. Whether you're just learning how to row a sliding seat shell, or you're a seasoned expert looking for a handsome exercise boat, the Oxford Shell has the performance you want.

The Oxford Shell's weight is kept to a minimum with 3mm okoume in the sides and deck. 4mm panels on the bottom and glass fabric on the entire hull assure strength and durability in hard beach landings. The handsome 6mm okoume coamings are sufficiently tall to protect the cockpit in chop up to 12″. A removable skeg is standard in the kit.

The Oxford Shell is designed to accept a self-contained drop-in sliding seat unit, such as the Big River frame, Alden Oarmaster, Oarmaster II or the Piantedosi Row Wing. These units are simple to install in the Oxford Shell and can be removed in seconds for transporting the boat on a car roof rack.

Construction is straightforward and a competent woodworker should have no trouble assembling the kit in a week.

The kit includes:

What is in a boat kit.

Plans and manual

These are intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It is the manual that accompanies the kits. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.

If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.

These contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is possible to build the boat from scratch using these.

PDF study plans

These study plans are intended to give you an overview of the construction of the boat. They are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. There are two pages and they measure 279 × 216 mm (11″ × 8½″). They can be printed for carrying around.

After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.