Drop-In-Sculling Systems

Sculling systems allow rowing shells and other traditional rowing boats and canoes, and even stand up paddle boards to sliding seat scull are referred to as drop-in-units at Adirondack Rowing.

Currently, about a half a dozen companies produce sliding seat sculling systems. To our knowledge we are the only company that both carries all the best sliding seat sculling units produced today new but also carry the largest assortment of used sliding seat sculling units from the very first ever made.

Further, we are the only company that pictures these units as a group and describes through our 43 consecutive years experience, all the units attributes with a chart to help you choose the best sculling system for your purpose. We are proud of this one of a kind approach for our sculling customers.



Oarmaster I (all versions)

  The very first ever made, the Oarmaster I (which is still a favorite of many scullers) directly through to the state of the art sliding seat sculling systems currently manufactured. this unit was developed in the early to mid seventies to approximately the early 90s and evolved over several different versions and subsequently replaced by the Oarmaster II. The Oarmaster I is still a favorite among many scullers and it can be cost a cost effective alternative to the more expensive and current model Oarmaster III, Row Master and TESLA. Our opinion is the Oarmaster I is the frugal man's cost effective choice for a drop-in-unit as they are very well made with high quality components and seldom break. Once should always purchase this unit with the upgrades that includes axles, side panels, oarlocks and seat. Some of these parts for replacement can be hard to come by in the future but at present, all essential parts are obtainable.






Oarmaster II

 The Oarmaster II was a natural progression of the Oarmaster I and featured radical changes in design. The largest change was eliminating the two separate riggers that fitted to the bottom of the Oarmaster I. The new wing was one piece and fitted to the top of the footstretcher and was easily removable with four spin knobs. The Oarmaster II also was upgraded to include a pressed composite seat that was believed to be more comfortable than the older wooden seats. The production of this unit lasted approximately 10 years and had several versions that included changes to the footstretcher assembly from separate wooden foot clogs with heel cups to a metal pan without heelcups. The Oarmaster II rolls easily and quietly and was a nice improvement over the older style Oarmaster I. Over-al, the Oarmaster II is a durable, affordable sculling unit with very good geometry. The Oarmaster II has the ability to fit all Alden 18s, Alden 16, and Appledore Pods, past and present models.






Oarmaster III

 The Oarmaster III incorporated improvements to the footstretchers which included changing the footstetcher side panels to  allow for a bigger physique of an older sculler, going back to the wooden seat, which was more comfortable than the pressed composite seat of the Oarmaster II, and the largest change was the rigger. The rigger of Oarmaster III was changed by slimming the rigger tubes, pitching the rigger arm and eliminating the rigger clamps for the oarlock pins and providing a slot to drop the oarlock pin into. Essentially, instead of the customer trying to get the correct pitch of the oarlock pins using the older clamping system on the Oarmaster II, the new rigger made it easier for the customer to just drop the oarlock pin into the slot and tighten it with a lock nut as the rigger was now pitched. The Oarmaster III is a quiet, easy rolling sculling system and is often times a good buy when purchasing new. Alden is currently working on releasing its latest version of the Oarmaster III which will eliminate the foot pan and use pressed composite foot clogs with heel cups. The Oarmaster III also has an ability to fit all Alden 18s, Alden 16, and Appledore Pods, past and present models.


Oarmaster IV

 This Oarmaster was a limited production, only producing a relatively few sculling units over its short life. It proved to take up too much room inside the shell, in our opinion, and was replaced by the Row Master and latest generation of the Oarmaster II.



Row Master Sculling Unit

  We believe this is the most wonderful of the Alden Oarmaster units. This Oarmaster has a folding wing that comes in super handy when storing or transporting the sculling unit. The Row Master also has very pleasant geometry, is quiet, comfortable and very smooth to row.  This sculling unit is most frequently chosen when compared head-to head to other sculling units.  Some of the main reasons are its folding rigger, its ability to fit all Alden 18s, Alden 16, and Appledore Pods, past and present models.



TESLA Sculling Unit

 This sliding seat's name stands for Total Ergonomic Sculling and Leveling System and it is, in our direct and extensive experience, all of its title and more.  It is designed to provide just the right amount of give with each stroke to allow the sculler to end the work out with the best feeling of joint comfort. The TESLA as features no other unit has or has ever had, including adjustable seat for height, adjustable fixed or adjustable rotating heel cups, which are adjustable for width height. The foot plate adjusts for angle, for our mature achilles, ankles and feet. This is a super developed drop in sculling system.


Piantedosi Ro-Wing

The Ro-Wing is uniquely suited for converting canoes into sliding seat sculling boats.  The gunwale clamp is 2" section of 'C' shaped aluminum and designed to ring whatever gunwale rails are encountered and compress on the hull.  Clamp foot-pads are provided in angled sets to accommodate various gunwale angles. The clamps will not slip or twist nor will they mar your boat. This system is not meant to support your weight on the gunwales. At either end of the monorail are leveling legs with padded feet which are height adjustable.  They make up the distance between the bottom of the monorail and the floor of your hull, thus supporting your weight. 

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Surf Scull Rig

The sliding rigger sculling system is a unique and efficient sliding rigger system that eliminates the ‘hobby-horsing’ experienced with a traditional sliding seat rig on a short hull. The Surf Scull Rig firmly attaches/detaches in seconds to your Stand Up Paddleboard using specially designed attachment points that do not impede the normal use of your Stand Up Paddleboard.