I rowed in college up in Boston. Now, 3 decades later, I wanted to get back into it for exercise and meditation.
I looked at sculls–both used and new. I could find nothing in the range of this setup ($2500), especially that could be delivered to my home. Furthermore, traditional sculls subjected to the winds, wakes, washes prevalent on the Bay (I live on the Chesapeake Bay) would quickly swamp a regular scull. From my recollection on the Charles River in Boston, single scull rowers had to be wary even in moderate chop.
So, on to my experience… The SUP shown in the videos is a 12’6″ model (I have the same). It is a displacement hull and VERY stable. The whole unit, with the Oar Board attachment, is somewhere in the range of ~50 lbs or so. The oars are high quality Dreher brand. As an older guy, I feel very safe on this unit. I also wear a kayak-style PFD (around the waist–CO2 inflate or manual inflate). Very maneuverable this way.
I have been out in 10 knot winds and in Bay chop. No issues. No instability (unlike a regular scull). I can lift both oars out of the water and be hit by chop without feeling any instability. Again, I am an older guy so this is important to me.
As far as exercise goes, this unit is great. Wonderful workout. I can row for miles and the unit is FAST–very fast.
So, that’s my experience as an owner, former rower, and an older man 50+ years of age.”