We get asked a lot about best ways to lay out the boat racks for a rowing boathouse.  It’s a complex subject.

If you have the luxury of a very large building with few obstacles like Andover Crew – you can just have a row of parallel racks aligned with boathouse shed doorways.  Easy.

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Andover Crew boathouse. Image from Google Images


Small Spaces for Rowing Boats

Many boathouses are built on the site of older buildings or are in a constrained site where a simple rectangle like Andover’s plans above, just are not possible.

Here’s another example from BIAC in California.  The plan is actually for their outdoors boat yard – but the principles are the same.  You can see that the small boats (single sculls and double sculls) are racked around the perimeter on a diagonal so that they overlap each other in order to save space.

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BIAC Boat Yard racking plan for rowing boats

3 Ways We Save Space 

  1. Rowing eights do not require 3 horizontal racks.  Modern hulls are stiff and our designs can take the full mass of a rowing eight on just 2 sliding arms.  That can save you $$ ££ on additional sliding arms.
  2. Reduce vertical displacement between boats.  For rowing eights allow 600mm to 650mm vertical gap between boats.  For fours and quads allow 550mm; for doubles and pairs 500mm to 450mm and for single sculls 420mm (although closer spacing 250mm is possible with removed riggers).
  3. Vertical oar storage. The space required for each oar bracket is 230mm (w) x 330mm (d) and each one projects 1000mm from the wall (with 110mm spacing between each oar bracket) this allows for the storage or oars in a safe and controlled manner.

Optimal Rowing Boat Racking

Space Saver offer assistance with rowing shed rack planning when you buy Sliding Arm Boat Racks from us.  We are happy to collaborate with boathouse architects to assist with space planning and CAD designs for boathouse interior designs.  Please ask us.