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.


13mm / 10mm spanner – ‘Rigger Jigger’

The most common tool in rowing. Every rower should at least have one of these. If you are feeling swish you can invest a bit more in rachet 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. Also used for marking the correct backstops position of your seat.


Handy for loosening those stubborn stretcher plate nuts


Pen – ‘Sharpie’

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

Finger Tape

If you are new to the sport blisters are a fact of life until your hands harden up. Keep some tape nearby

Small Tool Bag

To keep all the above in

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