“Freedom” is the name of our range of boats that are not designed for conventional Olympic style racing. We think it is a very appropriate name as it includes our adaptive, recreational, open water and touring boats, all of which give the rower the freedom to do what they want.
We started with the 1x and 2x/- from FISA’s designs for adaptive boats, and these are proving to be very popular, not only with adaptive rowers, but also with clubs and individuals, for a wide range of uses, such as;
- Teaching beginners
- Training in open water, or rough conditions when a more stable boat is needed
- Giving all levels of athletes a great physical workout in a relatively stable environment
The Touring Gig 4+ and 2+ are the latest additions to our range of Freedom boats. These are the same shapes as those already popular in Europe. Features common to all Freedom boats;
- Choice of Club A and Club B, both of which are sandwich construction, using Lantor coremat
- Same high quality fittings as the racing boats
- Fully enclosed bow, stern, and cockpit, for maximum buoyancy
- Choice of stretcher with flexfoot or shoes
Freedom boats – Adaptive 1x and 2x
Swift’s adaptive boats (1x and 2x) are built using FISA’s design for adaptive boats, and have been approved by FISA for use in international competition. They are available in 2 grades of construction, either Club A or Club B, both of which are sandwich construction, so providing stiffness and durability, which is especially important in these flat bottomed boats, while at the same time keeping the weight manageable.
Sizes and crew weights of the boats
Riggers & Pontoons/Floats
In order to make the cockpit as accessible as possible, both the 1x and 2x are built to take our aluminium wing riggers.
In order to allow ideal positioning of the pin (line of work), all adaptive 1x and 2x are built with 6 sets of holes to attach the wing rigger to the boat. The 2nd hole from the stern is the default position. The rigger can be moved aft by 30mm, changing the pin position by the same amount. It can also be moved towards the bow, by 30, 60, 90 or 120mm. The reason to want to move the pin position relative to the rower is to enable a better oar angle at the catch, leading to greater boat speed, as well as more enjoyment.
From Spring 2010 we have also changed our production for 1x and 2x so as to increase the size of the cockpit, especially giving more room for adjusting the stretcher towards the stern for the 1x.
As with all our boats, it is also possible to specify your requirement for pin position, span and work height, when ordering a boat.
In line with FISA’s rules of racing, only the adaptive 1x is supplied with pontoons/floats. Our pontoons/floats are designed to be used on any rigger that uses a rigger block like our ali wing and ali Euro riggers, ie. with a long hole, that is 12mm wide.
From FISA’s “2007 FISA ADAPTIVE ROWING REGULATIONS”
PART IV – BOATS AND CONSTRUCTION
Regulation, Rule 31 – Boats and Equipment
3. Standard Adaptive 2x: The FISA Standard Adaptive 2x has a fixed seat and MAY have stabilizing pontoons.
4. Standard Adaptive 1x: The FISA Standard Adaptive 1x has a fixed seat and MUST have stabilizing pontoons.
Seat deck, seat rails, seats and back supports
The seat deck on our adaptive 1x and 2x is 16mm thick (compared to 5mm for Olympic type racing boats), to withstand the large forces experienced during adaptive rowing.
Our adaptive seat rail is of a very simple design. It is a “C” shaped profile, with a large surface on the base, to spread the load over the seat deck. Additionally, each rail is fixed to the seat deck with 5 bolts, to ensure a solid connection between the rail and boat.
Into this “C” profile we slide extra strong “T” shaped bolts, which together with either wing nuts or hex locking nuts are used to fix the seat or back support to the seat rails (4 bolts, 1 for each corner). This is not a quick release system, but it does have 2 advantages, in that it can be adjusted with 1 hand, and that when all nuts are tightened, there is zero play/slack.
From Spring 2010 we will start to offer 2 types of seat, both of which are independent of the back support. One is a low profile version of our previous aluminium frame and soft cushion seat (which will be discontinued), and the other is a simple hard and flat carbon/plywood seat to which can be added your own cushioning. Both seats can be used with leg straps. Seat position is adjustable fore and aft, along the length of the seat rail.
Also from Spring 2010 we will start to offer 2 types of back support. Both are based on our previous aluminium and soft cushion frame, but with the back support completely independent of the seat. One will be wide bodied, and the other will have a smaller width towards the top, which smaller rowers will find allows better pull through with the arms. The position of the seat back is adjustable fore and aft, along the length of the seat rail, as well as being adjustable for height and angle.
From Spring 2010 we will start to supply Velcro straps as standard, with one leg strap for each seat, and one chest strap for each back support.
We offer both rowing shoes and flexfoot stretchers. The rowing shoes have a quick release tag, and heel restraints. The flexfoot is our own design, a modified version of that used by CII on its rowing machines, with an enclosed (no hole) heel, and heel restraints. Please choose the most suitable for your situation and safety.
Adaptive 1x and 2x boat weights
|Club A||Club B||Variation|
The weights shown above include the following:
|1x:||Aluminium frame seat.
Aluminium frame back support (wide type).
Pair of pontoons/floats.
|2x:||2 of aluminium frame seats.|
In 2009 FISA revised the boat weights for the adaptive 1x (from 22kg to 24kg) and 2x (from 36kg to 37kg)
We are keen to make our boats the 1st choice for adaptive rowers. If you have any suggestions about how else we can do this, please let us know.
We are also making the adaptive 4+, which is the standard Olympic shape and weight. For information on these boats, please see the rest of our website.
Combined adaptive and recreational boats
From Spring 2010 we will stop offering on our price list the combined adaptive and recreational 1x and 2x. We do this because in some cases, you might want a narrow span rigger for adaptive, but not for recreational use. This does not mean that you cannot use these boats for both purposes, but you might need 2 riggers. Please see the notes below about the extra parts needed to use 1 boat for both adaptive and recreational use.
If you wish to order a combined boat, please first order the boat as an adaptive version.
Then you will need to add the following spare parts;
- Seats (300mm wide)
- Seat rails (the holes in the seat deck for attaching rails will be the same for adaptive and recreational, so it is easy to change the rails)
- Riggers? (if you order an adaptive boat with an especially narrow span etc, you may need to order extra riggers for recreational use)