Swift’s recreational (1x and 2x/-) are built using FISA’s design for PARA boats. They are available in 3 grades of construction, Elite Plus, Club A, and Club B, of which are sandwich construction, so providing stiffness and durability, which is especially important in these flat bottomed boats, while at the same time keeping the weight manageable.
They are useful for introducing beginners to rowing, as recreational boats, for touring, and as an alternative to always training in a fine racing shell, especially in open water or rougher conditions, or for heavier loading and less concern with balance (floating ergometer!). Please note that these are not sea boats, which are designed and built to deal with large waves, and are self bailing, usually with an open stern/transom.
They are stable due to their greater width/beam and flat bottoms, they track well due to their length, and also have a good turn of speed. The single was even used in 2007 in the Czech junior championships by a novice rower, and helped her get a 3rd place finish!
|Overview||Hull||Saxboards||Canvas decks||Seat deck|
|Elite Plus||For use in top level competition.||Honeycomb core with outer skin of kevlar, inner skin of mostly carbon cloth, and carbon reinforcing||Honeycomb core with outer skin of kevlar, inner skin of carbon cloth, and carbon reinforcing||Honeycomb core with carbon and kevlar skins.||Closed cell PVC foam core with carbon and kevlar skins.|
|Club A||Mainly for training purposes, although with only a small weight disadvantage over Elite Plus boats, can still be highly competitive.||Coremat core with kevlar skins, and carbon reinforcing.||Closed cell PVC foam for 1s and 2s, with carbon and kevlar skins, and carbon reinforcing.||Honeycomb core with kevlar skins.||Closed cell PVC foam core with kevlar skins.|
|Club B||Specifically built for training purposes. Quite heavy, but great “work horses”. This construction is relatively easy to repair.||Coremat core with kevlar and fibre glass skins, and carbon reinforcing.||Closed cell foam for 1s and 2s, with kevlar and fibre glass skins, and carbon reinforcing.||Honeycomb core with fibre glass skins.||Closed cell PVC foam core with fibre glass skins.|