Levator Boat Works, who in the person of Jurgen Kaschper is currently ensconced in the vendors section of the US Rowing convention, has announced the relaunch and updating of the storied Vak Shell rowing scull in two versions; the classic Legacy, featuring a full mahogany deck, and the Excellence, built of light weight composite materials reinforcing an exterior mahogany veneer. Learn more about the boat at the convention; more on the project:
There is a special feeling a sculler experiences with the first strokes taken in a classic wooden racing shell. Moving with grace over the water striking perfect balance.
Today the Original Vak-Shell offers the rare experience true aficionados are looking for. This classic shell was designed by Jakob Kaschper in 1969 which became the cornerstone of his son Jurgen's initiation to boat building in 1972. For over 20 years Levator has kept the Vak-Shell as a classic wooden racing single. Jurgen's many years of experience as a boat builder has established a promising future for the wooden single.
Levator Boat Works, founded by Jurgen Kaschper in 1985, continues to establish the marque offering the Original Vak-shell with its classic white composite hard deck or the Legacy Version with its full mahogany hard deck. Each custom shell is built with the craftsman's meticulous attention to detail. Both boats offering advanced, adjustable hardware with a concealed NK Speedcoach wiring harness as standard equipment making either shell a wooden single guaranteed to be treasured for years to come.
In a class of it's own the Levator Excellence is an uncompromising embodiment of design, materials and aesthetics. A unique balance of phenomenal technology and the discriminating values of our master craftsmen.
The Excellence is:Stronger, stiffer, impact resistant, light weight composite materials reinforcing the exterior mahogany veneer. Hulls and decks are epoxy, laminated under high pressure combining high modulus carbon and Kevlar fabric using vacuum molds and plugs.
All internal structural components are molded from carbon fiber and each component is fiber reinforced.
Both hull and decks are clear coated and surface polished to a superb mirror finish.
Fitted with hard coat anodized adjustable riggers and titanium pins
Fully adjustable height and angle foot stretcher.
Roller bearing seat with adjustable seat tracks.
Complete with a concealed NK Speedcoach wiring harness installed.
These are the pillars defining the Excellence concept; exceptional performance, lasting durability with uncompromising aesthetics for the advancement of the wooden racing single.