Bear in mind that the boat weighs 150 lbs (68 kilos) so care must be taken when handling.
Included with the boat is all the gear found in a racing shell but built even tougher to handle rough salt water conditions. Inside the hull is another interior structural support grid which further stiffens and strengthens the boat enabling it to withstand the forces imposed by rowing and carry quite large loads. The rower and the boat both get a great workout!
The forces involved in rowing whether in slide seat mode or traditional rowing are much greater than most other marine activities. Also included is the movable fixed seat and it’s rowing gear, nonskid, a drain plug and reinforced towing or lifting eyes. It’s a lot of boat, and well worth the price but you don’t have to take our word for the value of these boats, just read the loveletters posted by the owners themselves.
Like all boats, the exterior can be scratched on sharp or abrasive surfaces, such as barnacles, or sharp edges. It can also abrade over time on sand and we recommend handling your boat carefully to avoid this. An optional stainless steel keel strip is recommended for rough beach landings. In beach situations a dolly, boat slider track or trailer will help suffice to help keep the boat scratch free. Boats kept out of the water on a bunk or lift, that are launched directly into the water and are not landed on beaches will stay pretty much pristine.
Minor scratching can be easily buffed out. Major gouges can be filled. For boats that will be landed on concrete or rocks we recommend the factory option of a stainless steel keelstrip. Major repairs are likely an insurance issue however unless the damage is so extensive the boat is a complete write off almost any damage can be repaired by our professional factory staff.
Sliding seat or fixed seat rowing is an easy form of exercise, however if you are new to it we recommend starting slowly, being very careful in balancing your weight when getting into and out of the boat and keeping your rowing time down to under half an hour for the first few times out, regardless of how good it feels.
Typical recommended models suitable for the Solo 14™ include the following:
E Z Loader glavanized trailer – EZ 12-14′
Shorelander bunk Trailer – SLB10TS
Carnai Trailers Inc (Recently acquired Calkins Trailer Inc.) – recommend ‘Tuffy’ Model
Trailex Sports Utility Trailers – SUT-200-S Ultra Light Duty Single or SUT-250-S Light Duty Single
will also Whitehall Solo Towingwork well. There are many types but the new lithium battery powered “Torqeedo” is self contained and the latest technology. Model 401S with a 23” shaft is recommended. It’s carried by West Marine, Jamestown Distributors and other vendors.
When ordering their boats most owners take advantage of our “door to door” delivery service as part of the package. Occasionally, to accommodate these your needs, our driver will meet up at a pre-arranged time and location (such as Blaine or elsewhere) and you take delivery and transport your boat to its destination. See the check list for what’s needed that also applies to boats that are picked up at the factory.
Car topping a Solo 14™: Classic models are not recommended for car top transport. For car-topping your Solo 14™, the roof rack must have a width of a minimum of 50 inches in order to accommodate the 46 inch beam (upside down). If the vehicle roof is long and flat, the racks must be high enough to account for the “rocker” or curved shape of the gunnels (7½ inches over 14 ft. or 19 cm over 4.27 m).
A minimum of two (2) tie down straps as well as bow and stern (2) ropes to secure the ends are also required. A red flag is also suggested.
For a suitable “upright” car-top racking system see more from these FAQs.
Padding or cushioning is sometimes required for car-top transportation and is expected to be provided by the purchaser. Our driver does not normally carry extra lines or tie-down straps. Straps or lines can be purchased from us and shipped with the delivery. Call or email to arrange this if required.
Please have your cell phone on and at the ready in order to rendezvous with our driver at the agreed location and time.
Please feel free to call the toll-free line at 1-800-663-7481 if you have any questions.