Forward-Facing "Hands Optional" Rowing
Welcome to Ron Rantilla Rowing Systems, the leader in innovative propulsion for rowboats and canoes.
We make the FrontRower™, the patented forward-facing rowing system that you can row and steer using only your legs (freeing your hands for other things like fishing or photography).
Or you can row it with your arms and legs together for a powerful full body workout. The FrontRower's full body stroke is so powerful and efficient that it can outperform conventional rear-facing sliding-seat rowing systems in the same boats.
The FrontRower actually gives you three different strokes to choose from: (1) legs only, (2) arms only and (3) legs and arms together. For typical rowing outings you can start out using the legs only stroke, then after a period of time switch to the arms only stroke. You will be getting a fresh start using a completely different set of muscles. The only times you really need to use the full body stroke are when you want to go fast, go into a strong current, or get a higher intensity workout.
The FrontRower™ can be retrofitted into many existing rowboats and canoes. It rests on suction cups and no holes through the hull are needed. There are no underwater fins or rudders to get hung up in shallows or weeds.
We also offer rowboats and canoes designed specifically for the FrontRower™.
Our Odyssey™ brand wooden rowboats are available as kits, plans or finished boats. They come in sizes for solo or doubles rowing. Either can be rowed solo with a passenger, and have lots of room for cargo. Our boat kits are buildable by amateurs and typically take less than 100 hours building time.
Our Adventurer canoes are constructed with lightweight kevlar and weigh only about 45 pounds (making them easy to car top). They can be rowed solo or with a passenger, and have lots of room for cargo.
The FrontRower rowing system and boat kits can be easily shipped via FedEx or other package delivery services to most locations worldwide. Finished rowboats and canoes can be crated and shipped as freight. Any of our products may be picked up at our shop in Warren, RI.
I hope you find our products interesting and this website informative. If you have any comments or questions or would like to place and order, please contact me by email.