These videos show how easy it can be to take to the water with no previous experience of sculling a proper rowing boat with sliding seats and a fine hull.
Not only can stability be provided by the stabilising floats but it can easily be taken away again once the skill of sculling has been mastered. This means that a beginner can be taken through two stages of the learning progression before moving on finally to a fine racing skiff, if that is what is desired.
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Light: Only 20kg. No need for a launching trolley.
Stiff: Even recreational rowing boats need to be stiff so that they support your weight properly, so that the rigging is predictable and so that the power you apply is adequately transmitted to the hull. The polyethylene, foam sandwich construction achieves this whilst keeping the weight down and the semicircular rigger is amazingly light and stiff too. Clever engineering.
Swift: The next best thing to a racing boat.
Responsive: The low weight means that the TS515 is quick to accelerate.
Thrilling: There is nothing quite like the thrill of the glide in between the strokes. This you will get in shed loads from the TS515, which runs really well.
Exhilarating: "The best day of my life" is what one customer said after her first outing.
Fun: You can do things in this boat you couldn't do in a fine boat. And you can easily pull it up onto a river bank or beach and it will not be harmed.
Fast: The relatively narrow principle hull (compared with traditional stable training boats) makes the boat fast whilst the floats are far enough apart to provide the stability, just like a sailing trimaran.
Tough: Customers often tell me they are indestructable. They are not, of course.
Durable: Polyethylene is not brittle like fibreglass and will not crack in the way that gel coat or paint can.
Low maintenance: No wood to varnish. Rinse and re-use.
Quick to rig: The patented quick release system means that the boat can be rigged or derigged in seconds without the use of tools.
Adjustable: There is enough adjustment to cope with a wide range of sizes of sculler.
Comfortable: The stretcher is at just the right angle and depth. And the seat is at just the right height above the water so you can relax in this boat.
Car topable: Couple of roof bars. Couple of straps. That's all you need. Safe as houses!
Practical: Fits in average garage.
Stackable: The cradles fit into one another so you can pile the boats up high. Save space in your boat house.
Affordable: Excellent value for money. Note the price includes VAT and delivery in the UK. And if you want to buy in quantity then they get even cheaper. Call me! Most clubs and schools that buy one come back for more later.
Stable: The 2ft width provides natural stability, something that is missing in a racing boat. And the outrigged floats add extra stability while you learn. Very reassuring, especially in winter.
Reassuring: Stabilisers come into play before you lose your balance so giving you confidence that you will not flip the boat unintentionally.
Unsinkable: Boat is full of air. Even the material it is made from is full of air so in the unlikely event of a catastrophe you will always have something that floats to hang onto.
Directionally Stable: The runners on the underside and the skeg at the stern keep the boat going in a straight line. (Some early play-boat designs were notorious for wandering off course.)
Easy: This has to be the easiest boat in which to learn the art of sculling. Whether you are a youngster or a pensioner! Progress is rapid.
Realistic: One criticism of traditional, wide, stable boats is that they do not give a realistic impression of what is required to balance a fine boat. This is where the design of the TS515 scores, as it is just wobbly enough to teach you the necessary skill before the stabilisers come into play and prevent you capsizing.
Safe: If you have a duty of care as a coach or teacher then this is the boat you need.
OK "a joy shared is a joy doubled" and I love sweep rowing and crew sculling too. But there is something very special about knowing that the speed of the boat is entirely due to your own efforts. And when you win a race you take all of the glory.
Trouble is that the finest racing rowing boats that bring the greatest rewards are so slim that it is almost impossible to learn in them without falling in and the fear of falling in inhibits learning.
In the past, rowing boats sold for teaching were wide. This provided stability. However, they were also short and often heavy! So they were slow and unrewarding to scull.
I can still remember the first stroke I took in a fine cedar boat after 18 months in heavy, slow boats. The thrill of acceleration and the high speed glide after just one stroke is still with me.
Now, here is a fast and stable boat from EDON in Australia that offers the thrill of high speed for low effort combined with the stability and robustness required of boats to be used by novices.
I am very happy to be able to tell you that I mounted the cams succesfully and was rowing this morning on my dear River IJssel. And I can tell you it was a pleasure. The boat is rowing very smoothly and moves faster than I had expected.
So here is a very content client thanking you and sending you best greetings!
We have been using the TS 515 for all our L2R and novice groups week in and week out for years. Tough, stable and therefore ideal for beginners, they are also fun to row. They get a lot of use and when things do need repairing we always get fast, friendly and efficient service from Steve at Ahoy Boats. Highly recommended.
Vice-chair, Leeds Rowing Club
I'm pleased to say I am very satisfied with this boat! I just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping us. The blades are great and the boat is so much easier to teach basic sculling technique on our Chichester Canal. Within the space of a week, we have managed to offer more regular water sessions for my club and they enjoy using this boat! We will be interested in getting back in contact in the next upcoming few months to see if we can order a few more - once we have made more room. Once again thank you and we shall continue to stay in touch!
My Thames Row turned out a bit different from expectations. I got halfway but a combination of pretty bad weather (too late in the season), very few lock keepers on duty and very little boat traffic meant that on my own I simply could not do the distance to get to London in the time available. Had three good days rowing, got halfway (Goring) but took decision to complete the row in more benign conditions next year. Fully loaded boat performed excellently (reckon I had 32 kilos on load plus me at 81 kilos wearing cold/wet weather gear) but you do feel the extra weight after 20+ miles and hanging about at locks trying to find a way through. 7-8 hours in the boat daily, followed by the need to set up camp and get food, is a bit of a stretch in very autumnal weather. Also weight load had to be carried mainly on deck so boat felt quite unstable, particularly in strong following winds. Put stabilisers back on and all was well - which was just as well I had them on because some of the early locks are very narrow and I had some interesting passages through half open gates. Plus a lot of trees down after gales - I ran into several of them above Oxford. In those circumstances stabilisers are a great blessing, no matter how competent a sculler you consider yourself to be! With the load I had on deck the likelihood of tipping in at locks or while tangling with fallen branches is high - stabilisers give you the safety margin.
Once again, a real testimony to the many qualities of the TS515. Furthermore, hauling the fully loaded boat out of the water at various campsites, up steep banks, on one occasion through a screen of trees, shows how remarkably tough and hard wearing the boat is. You simply could not go where I have been in anything less robust than the TS515.
Thanks! I thought I should mention that the reason I didn't really need to discuss my order with you is that it's the second TS515 that I have bought from you. I got the first one a couple of years back as a complete novice to sculling. I have found it a great way of beginning to learn to scull, even though I haven't yet been able to put as much time into it as I would have liked. Unfortunately for me, my wife has taken to it in a big way too, and is now way better at it than me! She spends all her time on the water and I don't get a look in. Hence the need for the second boat, to see if I can catch up! We did think about getting a more conventional, thinner, fibreglass scull, (or even a Nordic Explorer) but I thought I'd mention the other big reason we decided to go with another TS515. That's that we have to launch off quite a rough concrete slipway into a tidal river. The bottom of the boat takes quite a battering in launching and landing (especially from me) and so far has stood up to it very well. I think we'd have quite a few holes now in a fancy boat. Anyway, thought that might be of interest to you, and am look forward to getting the new boat.
Hi Steve - thought I would update you on my progress having my new TS515 on the water for the first time this week. Fantastic and just as I thought such a great way to keep up my fitness levels when not able to windsurf due to lack of wind. After 40 years of windsurfing I was getting bored by training in the gym on no wind days! There is so much to aim for as a novice and am immersing myself on technique journals!
Thank you so much
BSc. (Hons) Marine Sports Science FdSc. Surf Science & Technology
After a bit of a lull in the winter I have been making good use of the fine weather and getting out in the TS515. I have been up and down the Teign (usually very calm) and out on the sea where I have found a good place at Paignton, where I can park right next to a slope and launch from this or the sandy beach below. Wherever I go it gets a lot of attention, particularly from dogs who all seem fascinated by it. One owner gave me the answer: 'its the biggest bone he's ever seen.'
The TS515 is a terrific boat, both for learners or for masters (in my case, very masters) looking to getting back on the water after a long layoff. The Edon is nicely built, beautifully engineered and an aesthetic pleasure – it just looks right. More to the point, it is an absolute pleasure to row. It’s comfortable, stable, fast enough and easy to set up. It runs well, and stays composed in swells, with or without the “training wheel” floats. I’ve owned Maas Aeros and 24’s, Alden Stars, and various other Aldens over the years, as well as a full-out FISA racing shell. I would take the Edon over all of them in a New York minute.
I have been away for 2 weeks so I have only just been out in my new TS515. I did take the precaution of wearing a life jacket on my first outing as our river is deep and cold this time of year but after a few strokes I came back in took of the life jacket and set off up the river. As I had not been in a boat for 18 years it was a shaky start but I was enjoying it so much I rowed at least a mile up river and back. Great boat and I am enjoying it.
That was one of the best days of my life... It was everything I expected it to be and more!
The boats have proved to be a great success - and in the words of our Junior Coach, "The best money the club has ever spent".
Reading Rowing Club
The training sculls are very popular indeed - they have been excellent for our new junior members with the outriggers on, and the senior novice scullers have been enjoying using them too. Definitiely a good purchase!
St Andrew Boat Club
Edon is fantastic, and the oars, being adjustable and light are a pleasure to use. This morning after about 30 mins I had got a reasonable stroke going and covered the ground about twice the speed of my kayak! That, when I had never before rowed with a sliding seat and I did not fall in! Another hour and I feel that I am starting to get the hang of it with much to learn. I am truly delighted with the Edon. I feel safe but at the same time get the excitement of speed, acceleration, good tracking and manoeuvreability. A great boat.
Went sculling today. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Finally I was sculling with the Edon TS515! A terrific experience. You know, I've never seen a scull boat before, so at beginning I was a little afraid, but assembling the rigger was really easy. I did it in 10 seconds, not more. After 2 hours of exercise on the water, to learn the first boat handling methods which I've only read on the internet before, today I covered a distance of 10km. I've still a lot of thing to learn, however it was a nice first try.
Dr. Carlo Ferretti
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