Posted by: Dan Sprague | February 27, 2013

Try Sculling a boat

Sculling…one oar
On some small dinghies and boats there is a notch in the transom for an oar. For years I thought it was just for decoration, but it is a functional notch and it is used in sculling the boat. Sculling is a way of moving a boat with just one oar. The classic Italian gondola is propelled by sculling.
When I found out what the notch was for, I tried it…I figure that the oar had to be a special shape for it to work. I needed two oars, one on each side of the boat to go anywhere.
It is not as easy to scull as one might think. The clip on this link shows and tells what sculling can do: Check it out.

 

http://www.offcenterharbor.com/och-em-04/?awt_l=M3Q6U&awt_m=3.jGfj6ARHjDQ9k

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