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Trailer Tricks
The Bottle Bumper
June 20, 2012
Empty water bottles for when you trailer: they are readily available, don't cost a thing, and can easily be shaped to fit the deck of the boat.  more

Rower Tricks
The Sock-ed Water Bottle
June 13, 2012
Here is a simple trick that can come in handy and save a lot of wear and tear on your shell: take your water bottle, and put a sock on it.  more

Rigger Tricks
Truck-Powered Course Removal
June 6, 2012
The B.L.U.R.--maybe the coolest "custom-made, overpowered" hack tool we've seen yet: a diesel crew truck-powered rowing course buoy line retriever.  more

Coxing Hacks
Soccer Ball Bowloading
May 30, 2012
Here is a simple hack shorter coxswains might appreciate.  more

Tool Hack
Wakamole Implements
May 23, 2012
This week's rowing hack shines a light into a little known corner of the rowing world, at a shadowy group who competes in the margins . . . with really cool tools!  more

Coach Tricks
The Oar-Carry Strap
May 16, 2012
This hack, sent in by Fordham assistant coach Nick Dawe, combines two of a Rowing Hack's favorite things: it is simple & makes things easier -- heck, it even makes good use of a boat strap.  more

Rowing Hack
Regatta Ready?
May 9, 2012
Headed to a regatta this weekend by any chance? Well, here are some Rowing Hacker tips for doing it right. Everybody 'Regatta Ready'?  more

Rower Tricks
Boat-Strap It!
May 2, 2012
Belts, dog leashes, tow ropes, door stops: is there a better friend to Rowing Hackers than the humble, but versatile Boat Strap? We don't think so, and we are out to prove it.  more

Boathouse Hacks
DIY Bow Lights
April 25, 2012
Let's face it, until the rest of the US comes around to ditching this practice of saving daylight for the afternoon and leaves us with some well-lit early mornings, reliable bow lights are pretty crucial to doing what we do safely and effectively.  more

Rigger Tricks
The Skeg Re-Thread
April 18, 2012
With April showers washing a lot of debris into rivers and lakes, this may well be the cruellest month for the skegs of the rowing world--making April the perfect time to consider this cool how-to, submitted by guest Rowing Hacker Matt Hopkins.  more

Rigger Tricks
Zip-Tied Heels
April 11, 2012
Here is a quick Rowing Hack that lots of folks use when the heel-ties are found wanting: zip-ties. Fast, cheap, and very unlikely to loosen up before racing is done, zip ties are the Hacker's solution to the mysteriously untied heel tie.  more

Coach Tricks
The Regatta Beater-Bike
April 4, 2012
Ever hoped your nice new bike would still be on the shell trailer the next morning after you parked overnight? If so, here is simple hack to ensure you always have the wheels you need at the race course: get a used bike--the more beat-up the better.  more

Coach Tricks
Being Ready for the Rough Stuff
March 28, 2012
Instead of being bummed, or beaten, the next time wind and waves try to play havoc with your race day, break out this old coaching trick to stay dry, light and fast: splashguards on the riggers.  more

Rigger Tricks
Theft-Proofing Outboards
March 21, 2012
Want a simple way to keep your outboards from being stolen? Try this hack: Make your engines look NOT new. Yep, making an outboard look old and scuffed up might actually work better than any amount of chain or engine locks--though we recommend those, too.  more

Rower Tricks
Hide Technique with Darker Kit
March 14, 2012
New to your club or to the varsity boats? Not quite sure what coach was getting at with the drills this week? If you row in the dark, try this simple hack: wear dark clothes so your coach can't see you.  more

Training Hack
The Erg Ab Roller
March 7, 2012
Looking to put a little more "danger" in your core workouts? Saratoga juniors coach Eric Catalano sent in this unusual way to re-purpose your ergs the next time you want your team to get serious about their abs.  more

Trailer Tricks
Fast Times at the Filling Station
February 29, 2012
Prime Pump Alignment, the 'Park Once' Plan, Fill Up Before You Hitch Up, and other Trailer (Driving) Tricks the Rowing Hacks can heartily recommend to make your next trip to the races a bit smoother.  more

Rigger Tricks
Color-Coding with Electrical Tape
February 22, 2012
Thanks to Byron Walthall for reminding us to talk about a trick so good that "everybody is doing it" out there: ┬ámarking riggers and other stuff with electrical tape.  more

Boathouse Hacks
Swiss Nut Helmet
February 15, 2012
Spotted and brought to us by Todd Wilson, these doodads are ubiquitous in Swiss boathouses--and might just come in handy at your place, especially if you have any so-called Nutdraggers lurking about.  more

Boathouse Hacks
The Stick Board
February 8, 2012
The line-up stick board may well be the oldest rowing hack, if we don't count that nifty gadget we now call the rolling seat, which started life as, well, a heck of a hack in its own right.  more

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