Rigging isn’t an art, it’s a science. Today we’re sharing a great website we found that lists tables giving the spread for oar length and inboard. It’s all calculated for you, and included is the rough equation if you’d like to do the work yourself.

We suggest you print this cheat sheet out and post it around your rowing club. Let’s make everyone’s lives a little bit easier.

Get the rigging ratios

The author sets out the ratios for sweep oars

  • Hatchets
  • Big 25/52s
  • Non-smoothie
  • For oar lengths from 371 to 376 cms

The Rigging Ratio Rule: The larger the number, the greater the load on the rower for a given length/spread/inboard combo.

Buy yourself a copy of Mike Davenport’s “Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging” in ebook form here

[sadly it’s out of print].