Hi All, I work for a yachting magazine as well as being a keen but leisurely open water rower (I row to work most days for example). We have just been enjoying last week's fabulous weather out on the river Hamble group testing 16 inflatable tenders (The small dinghies that yachtsmen use to get to and from their boats when at anchor somewhere). So poorly do the vast majority of these boats row, I'm working myself up to a rant about it in the magazine. I feel quite strongly that rowing performance is more important than the makers of these dinghies understand. Many is the time I have had to row an inflatable dinghy quickly to get up river to the pub against a strong ebb tide, and not all of us want to spoil the idyll of a quiet anchorage with a screaming small outboard motor. For a start none of them have oars anywhere near long enough. Even worse, many of these boats recently have started sporting high plank type thwarts mounted on the tubes- so at the same height as the oarlocks. This means they don't have clearance for decent length oars so they get round this bodge by the further bodge of reducing oar inboard to in some cases less than a foot, so the whole stroke takes place with the hands out by the sides of the body... Horrible. And very slow, which in these already inefficient boats often means the difference between stemming a tide and going backwards in tidal situations. What annoys me most of all about it is that from my rowing background I know that humanity worked out the basics of fixed seat rowing ergonomics literally hundreds of years ago, and that the old Avons and Zodiacs we used to have 15 years ago all rowed acceptably. These new boats are much stiffer with a vee bottom now though, so if the ergonomics were sorted should row better than the old saggy flat bottomed craft. The truth is, the expectation is that everyone will motor them everywhere so the makers don't really care about how they row any more... which I find sad. I've read in various books over the years the basic rules of arranging a fixed seat rowing craft, but I can't remember where. I'd like to point these errant manufacturers towards a seminal text that will explain how to arrange their boats in a fashion that will make them remotely rowable. Something along the lines of the following parameters: "The oarlocks should be xxx-xx cm above the level of the seat. The seat should be xx-xx cm towards the bow from the oarlocks. The oars should be at least xx cm long. The oar's outboard length should be (roughly) x times the oar's inboard length. The oarlocks should be situated (roughly) xx % from the bow of the boat and xx% from the stern." Anyone got any idea where I'd find such basic rule of thumb numbers for slow speed fixed seat boats?