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Composite Engineering - Van Dusen Racing Boats shared Row Open Water Northeast's event.

Check out the coastal regatta in Provincetown MA. Good excuse for a weekend getaway.
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Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta & Mini Triathlon

Jun 10, 11:00am

Surfside Hotel and Suites, Provincetown, MA

♦ Rowing Races: 1X, 2X and 4X Distance: 8K; 2 laps on a 4K course ♦ NEW for 2017: Standup paddleboards and Kayaks Distance: 4K; 1 lap on a 4K course ♦ Mini Triathlon (Swim 150m, Run 600m, Row/Paddle/and or Kayak 1000m): 1, 2 or 3 person teams (Mens, Womens or Mixed) Do one or more of the Races and still have time to do the Mini Triathlon. Website www.ossrowing.com/provincetown-coastal-regatta Host/LOC Orleans Sweeps and Sculls & Provincetown Yacht Club Contact Al Fland...

Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta & Mini Triathlon

Getting ready for spring: a refresher on how to take care of your Van Dusen shell.

Daily maintenance after every row: clean tracks and seat wheels with a wet cloth. Hose down boat if you row on salt water. Wipe down boat inside and out. Wipe down oarlocks (excessive grease attracts dirt, which will grind down the oarlock and oar sleeve). Open inspection ports and stern cork to dry out residual moisture. Soap and water are normally sufficient to clean all surfaces. Wax is not recommended.

Monthly: Light oil should be put on seat wheel bearings to keep the grease from drying out. The oil will go past the seal of sealed bearings.

Several times a year: complete inspection, clean-up and lube job, especially if you row on salt water. Apply grease to all metal parts that fit or bolt together. This includes lock plates, pins, wing rigger mounting blocks and set screws, and stretcher bolts and rigger bolts on traditional Van Dusen hulls. (Spray-on oils, although convenient, do not last long and their solvents may wash heavier oils away.) Take the parts apart to lube them to keep them easy to adjust in the future. For salt water conditions, occasional oiling with WD40 or LPS is a good idea.

Happy rowing!
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Getting ready for spring: a refresher on how to take care of your Van Dusen shell. 

Daily maintenance after every row: clean tracks and seat wheels with a wet cloth. Hose down boat if you row on salt water. Wipe down boat inside and out. Wipe down oarlocks (excessive grease attracts dirt, which will grind down the oarlock and oar sleeve). Open inspection ports and stern cork to dry out residual moisture. Soap and water are normally sufficient to clean all surfaces. Wax is not recommended. 

Monthly: Light oil should be put on seat wheel bearings to keep the grease from drying out. The oil will go past the seal of sealed bearings. 

Several times a year: complete inspection, clean-up and lube job, especially if you row on salt water. Apply grease to all metal parts that fit or bolt together. This includes lock plates, pins, wing rigger mounting blocks and set screws, and stretcher bolts and rigger bolts on traditional Van Dusen hulls. (Spray-on oils, although convenient, do not last long and their solvents may wash heavier oils away.) Take the parts apart to lube them to keep them easy to adjust in the future. For salt water conditions, occasional oiling with WD40 or LPS is a good idea.

Happy rowing!

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Composite Engineering - Van Dusen Racing Boats added 2 new photos.

Two new shells leaving snowy Concord for Nevada and California. We want to go there too!
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Two new shells leaving snowy Concord for Nevada and California. We want to go there too!

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Wing Rigger set screw adjustment in the mounting block

When you see that the mounting bar from your wing rigger has worn a groove in the mounting blocks you know that the adjustment of the set screw is past due: Mounting bar from your wing rigger has worn a groove in the mounting blocks The conical point of the set screw fits in a matching hole in the end of the mounting bar and should be adjusted so the mounting bar never touches the block.  If the set screw is not in far enough it no longer locks the mounting bar in position and the rigger can [...]

April 6th, 2016|Racing Shells & Kayaks|0 Comments

Why We Pioneered Wing Riggers

We pioneered the wing rigger concept in 1984 when the minimum shell weight rule was imposed. We had to increase the weight of our boats by 20% and searched for a way to make out boats heavier without being slower.  The airfoil rigger more than compensated for the additional drag of the heavier boat and still allowed us to add more carbon fiber to the hull and make out boats the stiffest ones available. Now that we are all competing with a minimum boat weight the improved aerodynamics give our boats a 3 second advantage over 2000 meters. Our wing [...]

March 7th, 2016|Composite Manufacturing, Racing Shells & Kayaks|0 Comments

Attaching Wing Rigger

Did you know...it’s so easy to attach the wing rigger to a Van Dusen Advantage? Simply set the wing rigger's mounting bars into place between the boat's mounting blocks, check that the footboard heel bar is securely in one of the stretcher fitting slots, tighten the thumb screws, and you’re ready to go. You don’t even need tools! With this innovative concept, you can transfer your wing riggers between boats or seats while keeping your personal rigging specifications intact--including your foot position and footboard angle. And the simplicity of removing the wings makes it easy to store two boats to [...]

October 27th, 2015|Racing Shells & Kayaks|0 Comments

The Advantage of Autoclaves

Since 1990, we are the only boat maker in the US to make carbon fiber products with an autoclave. Why is an autoclave an exceptionally good way to create racing shells, spars, aerospace and submarine parts? Because it is a pressure oven that not only bakes a vacuumed bag around the item, it creates pressure that removes every last bit of air from the Kevlar honey comb making the item incredibly strong, stiff and light weight. An autoclave assures there is no minute amount of air left in the product to create a weak spot; if there were, a boat [...]

October 14th, 2015|Composite Manufacturing, Racing Shells & Kayaks|0 Comments
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Wing Rigger set screw adjustment in the mounting block

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

When you see that the mounting bar from your wing rigger has worn a groove in the mounting blocks you know that the adjustment of the set screw is past due: Mounting bar from [...]

Why We Pioneered Wing Riggers

March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

We pioneered the wing rigger concept in 1984 when the minimum shell weight rule was imposed. We had to increase the weight of our boats by 20% and searched for a way to make out [...]

  • wing rigger attachment

Attaching Wing Rigger

October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Did you know...it’s so easy to attach the wing rigger to a Van Dusen Advantage? Simply set the wing rigger's mounting bars into place between the boat's mounting blocks, check that the footboard heel bar [...]

The Advantage of Autoclaves

October 14th, 2015|0 Comments

Since 1990, we are the only boat maker in the US to make carbon fiber products with an autoclave. Why is an autoclave an exceptionally good way to create racing shells, spars, aerospace and submarine [...]