Construction/materials

Swift’s Racing Shells are manufactured using high quality materials and proven production processes, heat-cured under vacuum using epoxy resins and sandwich construction for maximum structural integrity and stiffness. We offer various grades, with varying materials to provide a wide range of customers with boats ideal for their needs at great prices.

Grades

Each grade is finished to the same high standard, but has a different price point, and may be more suitable for certain situations and environments.

All Swift racing shells share these features;

  • "Sandwich" construction (ie. A core material such as honeycomb, coremat, or PVC foam is sandwiched between 2 "skins").

  • Epoxy resin, cured at high temperture, under vacuum.

  • Enclosed seat decks for maximum buoyancy (exceed FISA's requirement).

:: Carbon Pro - new for 2023

Overview
For when every second counts.

Hull & Saxboards
Honeycomb core with inner and outer skin of prepreg carbon, and prepreg carbon reinforcing.

Canvas Decks & Seat Deck
Honeycomb core with inner and outer skin of prepreg carbon.

:: Elite Carbon

Overview
For use in top level competition.

Hull & Saxboards
Honeycomb core with inner and outer skin of carbon, and carbon reinforcing.

Canvas Decks
Honeycomb core with inner skin of prepreg carbon, outer skin of carbon.

Seat Deck
Honeycomb core for 1s and 2s, Closed cell PVC foam core for 4s and 8s, with inner and outer skin of carbon.

:: Elite Plus

Overview
For use in top level competition.

Hull
Honeycomb core with inner skin of mostly carbon cloth, outer skin of kevlar, and carbon reinforcing.

Saxboards
Honeycomb core with inner skin of carbon cloth, outer skin of kevlar, and carbon reinforcing.

Canvas Decks
Honeycomb core with inner skin of prepreg carbon and outer skin of kevlar.

Seat Deck
Honeycomb core for 1s and 2s, Closed cell PVC foam core for 4s and 8s, with inner and outer skin of carbon.

:: Club A

Overview
Mainly for training purposes, although with only a small weight disadvantage over Elite Plus boats, can still be highly competitive.

Hull
Coremat core with kevlar skin, and carbon reinforcing.

Saxboards
Honeycomb core for 2s, 4s and 8s, closed cell PVC foam for 1s, with carbon and kevlar skins, and carbon reinforcing.

Canvas Decks
Honeycomb core with inner skin of prepreg carbon and outer skin of kevlar.

Seat Deck
Closed cell PVC foam core with kevlar skins.

:: Club B

Overview
Specifically built for training purposes. Quite heavy, but great “work horses”. This construction is relatively easy to repair.

Hull
Coremat core with fibreglass skins, and carbon reinforcing.

Saxboards
Honeycomb core for 4s, closed cell foam for 1s and 2s, with fibreglass skins, and carbon reinforcing.

Canvas Decks
Honeycomb core with fibreglass skin.

Seat Deck
Closed cell PVC foam core with fibreglass skins.

Boat weight

Our new Carbon Pro grade boats with Carbon Reverse Wing Riggers are guaranteed to be at or below World Rowing (FISA) minimum weight. Elite Carbon and Elite Plus will be at minimum weight or very close. Club A and Club B are heavier, although plenty of races have been won in Club A.

Club A is APPROXIMATELY heavier than Elite Plus by 2kgs (4.4lbs) for 1s, 2.5kgs (5.5lbs) for 2s, 4kgs (8.8lbs) for 4s, 8kgs (17.6lbs) for 8s.

Club B is APPROXIMATELY heavier than Club A by 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) for 1s, 1.5kgs (3.3lbs) for 2s, 3kgs (6.6lbs) for 4s.

A note about general rowing boat construction

Sandwich construction (an inner and outer skin, with a core in between) is ideal for building stiff but lightweight boats. Carbon, kevlar or fiberglass cloths and a core material, usually honeycomb or Lantor coremat, are treated with resin and then heat-cured under vacuum at high temperatures. 

Honeycomb is the material of choice for the core in hulls for boats to be used for racing due to its low weight, while Lantor coremat or similar is preferred for “club” boats, where durability, easy repair and cost are more important that minimum weight.