Row facing forward--
and with your hands free
The FrontRower™ Rowing System
What is it?
The FrontRower™ is a revolutionary new rowing system for human powered boats.
What does it offer?
It is easy to use with a forward facing position and a comfortable seat with a backrest. You can power it with your arms, or your legs, or your arms and legs combined. When you row with just your legs, you can use your hands for other things (like taking pictures or casting a fishing line). When you row with your arms and legs combined, you can generate lots of power, and get a high intensity aerobic exercise.
Who is it for?
People who enjoy being on the water and like the idea of getting good exercise at the same time. And for people who like to fish, take pictures, or go birding in their human powered boats. It's great for long distance adventure rowers. And for amputees and others with disabilities. For people who have tried conventional "sculling" and found it too difficult. And for died in the wool "scullers" who are getting up in years.
How does it work?
It uses oarlocks at the ends of the oars (instead of in the middle) to give forward motion when pulling on the oars. And it uses pedals attached to the oars by ropes and pulleys to transmit leg power to the oars. It can be operated with any two limbs.
What kind of boats can you use it in?
People are using it in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, shells and touring rowboats. If you already own one of these types of boats, you may be able to use it for "FrontRowing". If not, see our "rowing boats" section for guidance in buying boats for rowing.
How much does a FrontRower™ cost?
See our "catalog" for pricing and ordering information.
How can I try one out?
The best way to try one out is to visit us in Warren, Rhode Island. We will be happy to give you an in-water demonstration in our local waters. Call or email to make arrangements. If you just want to see one and talk to us, you can catch us at a boat show. If neither of these are practical, there are hundreds of FrontRower™ owners worldwide, and we may be able to put you in touch with one near you.
We build the FrontRower rowing system, which you can install in your own boat. We also offer canoes set up for rowing and kits and plans for rowboats specifically designed for the FrontRower™. And if you would like a custom built rowboat but don't have the time to build your own, we can build one for you.