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Tools of the Trade

Now that you have decided you love the sport and want to stick around you might want to consider investing in some basic tools that will help you set up your boat.

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13mm / 10mm spanner – ‘Rigger Jigger’

The most common tool in rowing. Every rower should at least have one of these for rigging and derigging. If you are feeling swish you can invest a bit more in ratchet set and be the envy of your squad.



Some rigger bolts require a hex tool to assist with loosening or tightening. 6mm and 8mm are the most common.



Used for strapping together sets of seats and riggers when boats are being transported, securing lights on to the boat or for emergency blister tape. Do not buy tape from Poundland, it is rubbish, instead purchase from an established trade supplier like Screwfix, Toolstation etc



Handy for loosening those stubborn stretcher plate nuts


Finger Tape

If you are new to the sport blisters are a fact of life until your hands harden up. Keep some tape nearby to strap up those affected areas. If possible buy the heavier and stronger fabric tape rather then the lighter less durable zinc tape.


Pen – ‘Sharpie’

Used to label taped together riggers and seats so they can be identified and reunited with the correct boat.


Small Tool Bag

To keep all the above in. Remember to label all your tools.

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