The best of the best in rowing rigs.
Forward-facing, full body power, minimal weight shifting, hands free operation.
The Rantilla Rowing Method
The Rantilla Rowing Method was invented by Ron Rantilla and is embodied in the FrontRower™ front-facing rowing system. It evolved out of Ron's experiences solo paddling his canoe among the islands off the coast of Maine.
Paddling, of course, is done in a forward facing position, making it very practical for exploring and general recreation. But paddling is not very powerful or efficient, especially if you are traveling solo in windy places like the coast of Maine.
Rowing with a pair of oars gives you a lot more power and control. But conventional rowing is done in a rear-facing position, making it impractical for exploring or general recreation.
Ron brought the best of both propulsive systems together in way that had never been done before—resulting in a system which is more powerful, more efficient, and easier to use than previously existing rowing systems. And it gives you the unique option of rowing with your hands free.
The FrontRower™ brand of forward-facing rowing rig has become the propulsion system of choice for photographers, exercise rowers, long distance adventure rowers, and people who just like to mess about in boats. see testimonials and bragging rights
We build the FrontRower™ in Warren, Rhode Island. We can ship them almost anywhere in the world. If you already own a suitable touring-type rowboat or canoe, you can probably convert it into an excellent forward-facing rowboat.
We also build Odyssey™ rowboats, which are among the highest caliber touring rowboats in the world. We offer these boats custom built in limited production, but you can build one of these beauties yourself (with a little help from your friends) from a kit or plans.
Its hard to beat a modern factory-built canoe for value and versatility and they make great rowboats. We have teamed up with a one of the best canoes builders in New England to produce the Adventurer™, the perfect rowing canoe to complement the FrontRower.
The section on Rowboats will give you more information on rowboats in general, and the boats you can use with the FrontRower™.
And you may want to take a look at our slide show to see some of the boats FrontRower™ owners are using.