We make the FrontRower™, the world's most advanced boat rowing system.
It installs easily in many rowboats, canoes and kayaks.
The Rantilla Rowing Method
The Rantilla Rowing Method was invented by Ron Rantilla and is embodied in the FrontRower™ 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. Paddling works well if you have two people in a canoe, but when you are solo and loaded down with gear it can be difficult in the wind and current (as is typical off the coast of Maine). You just don't have enough power and control with a single paddle.
Rowing with a pair of oars gives you a lot more power, especially if you are using a sliding seat rig. But conventional rowing is done in a rear-facing position making it impractical for exploring or general recreation.
Ron brought the best of both systems together in a radically different way with results exceeding all expectations.
The resulting FrontRower™ system has become the propulsion system of choice for photographers, exercise rowers, and long distance adventure rowers. You can read more about how owners are using the FrontRower™ in the testimonials, bragging rites and blog sections of this website.