As enjoyable and relaxing as a rowing session might seem, every rower must be equipped with knowledge on how to stop their rowboat in case of an emergency or a need to halt suddenly. Stopping a rowboat is a critical skill that every boater must learn, regardless of their level of experience. Here’s what you need to know about stopping a rowboat.
Firstly, it is essential to understand the various ways to control a rowboat. Rowing boats are equipped with oars, and the oars are used to propel or steer the boat. When you stop rowing, the boat will eventually come to a halt because the boat is no longer moving forward, and the water resistance will slow it down gradually.
However, this method is not always reliable or practical, especially when you need to stop urgently. In such cases, a rower needs to use other means to bring the boat to a halt.
One of the most practical ways to stop a rowboat is by using the reversing technique. To reverse a rowboat, a rower needs to stop rowing, then reverse the oars by turning them 180 degrees, so the flat part of each oar blade is facing the other. By doing this, the oars will catch the water in the opposite direction, and the momentum will shift the boat into reverse, effectively slowing it down.
Another effective way of stopping a rowboat is by using the quick turn technique. A rower needs to row steadily, then turn the tiller sharply in the opposite direction, causing the boat to move in a circular motion. This method works best in open waters, where there is ample space to maneuver.
It is worth noting that every rowboat is different, and the method used to stop one boat might not be as effective with another. Before heading out onto the water, rowers should familiarize themselves with their boat model and the best techniques for stopping it.
Stopping a rowboat is critical for the safety of the rower and other boat users. Reversing or quick turning are two of the most practical and effective ways of stopping a rowboat. Rowers must practice these techniques regularly to ensure mastery and preparedness in case of an emergency. Remember, always prioritize safety when on the water.