Owner's manual | Hudson Boat Works rowing shell Owners Manual

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Owners Manual
1930 Mallard Rd.
London, Ontario, Canada
N6H 5M1
519-473-9864
www.hudsonboatworks.com
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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION 3
INSURANCE & TRANSPORTATION 4
INSURANCE 4
TRANSPORTATION 4
CAR TOP 5
TRAILERING 6
ASSEMBLY 7
TOOLS 7
PARTS 8
FOOT ASSEMBLY (WITHOUT SHOES AND SHOE PLATE) 8
SEAT ASSEMBLY 9
SLIDES 10
RIGGER (SWEEP) 11
RIGGING 12
FEET 12
RIGGER 15
RIGGER 15
SPREAD (SCULLING) 17
SPAN (SWEEP) 17
HEIGHT 19
PITCH 21
BACKSTAY (SWEEP) 22
SLIDES 23
STEERING (2-/4-X) 24
CLEANING 26
PROTECTION 26
LUBRICATION 27
SALT WATER ROWING 27
STORAGE 28
FAQ’S - RIGGER DIMENSIONS 29
SWEEP 29
SCULLING 30
FAQ’S – CHANGING WHEELS/BEARINGS 31
FAQ’S – REPLACING THE NEW FIN 32
FAQ’S – HOW TO LIFT AND CARRY THE BOATS 34
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for choosing Hudson. Your boat is a high performance racing machine, and taking
the time to rig it properly will help you get the most out of it. With minimal preventative
maintenance, your Hudson will give you years of trouble free pleasure. We have designed this
owners manual to cater to all levels, and there are probably one or two things specific to
Hudson Boats that even the most experienced coaches can learn (these are highlighted as tips).
ORIGINAL MANUFACTURING DIMENSIONS AND CODES
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INSURANCE & TRANSPORTATION
We have chosen to make this the first thing you read, because chances are that before you rig
(assemble) or wash your boat, you will have to move it. Your boat represents a large
investment that can be damaged in transport, on water, and even on the rack. Please refer to
the FAQ How to lift and carry the boat, as the 4-/x/+’s and 8+’s should be lifted by the rigger,
or by the sides of the boat, and not the inspection port.
INSURANCE
Upon delivery your boat becomes your responsibility, and we recommend that you initiate
insurance from the delivery date. Please consult with a broker to find the best coverage for
you. Make sure that it is very clear that what you are insuring is a rowing shell, and that the
broker understands everything that entails. If your broker has no solutions, you may want to
ask other members at your club how they insure their boat.
For our U.S. customers we recommend:
Leonard Insurance Group
1-800-sculler (US only)
610-789-9600
Email: [email protected]
For our Ontario customers we recommend:
Petek Insurance Inc.
Lisa Jeffries
1-877-738-3512
TRANSPORTATION
There are two ways to transport your boat; on top of your car, or on a boat trailer. Before we
discuss that, there are a few things you need to do to prepare the boat:
For the majority of transportation applications the
rigger will be removed from the boat.
We recommend that the nuts & bolts stay on the boat
to prevent the bolts from scratching other riggers in
transport.
To ensure long life of the Velcro on the shoes, fasten
them before travel.
You can use the provided bungee to fix the seat to
the slides (see photo), or you can remove the seat
altogether by sliding it to the stern of the slides and
bumping the bow of the seat with the heel of your
hand (this requires some care in the singles and the
lightweight double to not damage the paint).
Check that all the slide wing nuts and the feet wing
nuts are tight to prevent them from falling out and
possibly causing damage to other boats.
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Key Features

  • High performance racing machine
  • Simple and flexible design
  • Designed for all levels
  • Years of trouble free pleasure
  • Easy maintenance

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Frequently Answers and Questions

How do I transport my Hudson boat?
There are two ways to transport your boat: on top of your car or on a boat trailer. The rigger will usually be removed for most transportation applications and the nuts & bolts should stay on the boat.
What tools do I need to assemble my Hudson boat?
The only tool you need to take your rigger off the boat and put it back on is a 7/16” wrench (11mm also works). You will also need a ¾” wrench (19mm will work) for adjusting the span or spread. A flathead screwdriver or a 5/16” wrench is needed for adjusting the hose clamps on a sweep boat. You will also need a tape measure, a box level, and a pitch meter.
How do I clean my Hudson boat?
We recommend using a car wash soap and a soft cloth. You should clean the boat top to bottom, including the slides and wheels. Be sure to rinse the boat thoroughly to remove all soap.
How do I store my Hudson boat?
We recommend that you remove the rigger for winter storage and cover the boat. It is also important to ensure that the boat is properly supported when in storage. Ideally at least one end of the cockpit is supported.

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