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Racing Boats

Racing Boats

Swift Racing boats compete and win at major events including World Championships - why not invest in a world-class boat for a fraction of the price of other brands?

Swift Racing uses different combinations of several core materials to offer 4 “grades” of boat. Each grade is finished to the same high standard, but has a different price point to match your budget, needs and environment.

All Swift Racing boats feature:

  • “Sandwich” composite construction (i.e. a core material such as Nomex Honeycomb, Lantor Coremat, or PVC foam is sandwiched between 2 “skins” of Carbon, Kevlar or Fibreglass).
  • Epoxy resin, cured at high temperature.
  • Bonded under vacuum.
  • 100% full Carbon shoulders.
  • Enclosed seat decks for maximum buoyancy (exceeding FISA’s requirement).

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  • Fine Racing Singles

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    1x Elite Plus 83-100kg Ali QR Wing White Black New £3,835 +VAT RCUK-RS-200 Enquire
    1x ClubA 83-100kg Ali Wing White Black Ex-demo £2,600 +VAT RCUK-RS-181 SOLD
    1x Elite 83-100kg Ali Wing White Black Ex-trade in refurb £2,500 +VAT RCUK-967 Enquire
    1x Elite Plus 70-83kg Ali Bow Wing White Black New £3,800 +VAT RCUK-RS-271 SOLD
    1x Elite Plus 70-83kg Ali Wing White Black Ex-demo £3,420 +VAT RCUK-RS-211 Enquire
    1x ClubA 70-83kg Ali HD Wing White Black New £2,900 +VAT RCUK-RS-300 Enquire
    1x ClubA 70-83kg Ali Bow Wing White Black New £2,900 +VAT RCUK-RS-301 SOLD
    1x Elite Plus 57-70kg Ali HD Wing White Black Ex-demo £3,420 +VAT RCUK-RS-270 Enquire
    1x Elite Plus 57-70kg Ali Bow Wing White Black New £3,800 +VAT RCUK-RS-263 Enquire
    1x ClubA 57-70kg Ali HD Wing White Black New £2,900 +VAT RCUK-RS-302 Enquire
    1x ClubA 50-65kg Ali Wing White Black New £2,900 +VAT RCUK-RS-252 Enquire

    Fine Racing Doubles/Pairs

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    2x/- Elite Plus 85-100kg Ali Wing White Black New £6,150 +VAT RCUK-RS-165 Enquire
    2x/- Elite Plus 70-85kg Ali Wing White Black New £6,150 +VAT RCUK-RS-264 Enquire
    2x/- ClubA 70-85kg Ali Wing White Black New £4,750 +VAT RCUK-RS-296 Enquire
    2x/- Elite Plus 57-75kg Ali Wing White Black New £6,150 +VAT RCUK-RS-286 Enquire
    2x/- ClubA 57-75kg Ali Bow Wing White Black New £4,750 +VAT RCUK-RS-313 Enquire
    2x ClubA 50-60kg Ali Wing White Black New £4,500 +VAT RCUK-RS-287 Enquire

    Fine Racing Quads/Fours

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    4x(-)
    Coxless Quad
    ClubA 70-85kg Ali HD Wing  White Black New £7,900 +VAT RCUK-RS-253 SOLD
    4-/x
    Coxless Four/Quad
    Elite Plus 60-80kg Ali Wing (Quick Release) White Black Ex-demo £9,975 +VAT RCUK-RS-212 SOLD
    4+/x
    Bow Coxed Four/Quad
    Elite Plus 60-80kg Ali HD Wing (Quick Release) White Black New £10,840 +VAT RCUK-RS-285 Enquire
    4+/x
    Stern Coxed Four/Quad
    ClubA 60-80kg Ali HD Wing (Quick Release) White Black New £8,740 +VAT RCUK-RS-284 Enquire

    Fine Racing Eights/Octos

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    8+ Elite Carbon 70-85kg Ali Wing White Black Ex-demo/Rental £16,325 +VAT RCUK-RS-193 Enquire
    8+/x Elite 60-75kg Ali Wing (Quick Release) White Black Ex-demo/Rental £13,150 +VAT RCUK-RS-099 Enquire

    Coastal Single Sculls

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    CO1x Club Performance 65-95kg Ali Bow Wing Light grey Red

    New

    £2,500 +VAT RCUK-CO-013 SOLD
    CO1x Club Performance 65-95kg Ali Bow Wing Light grey Light grey

    New

    £2,500 +VAT RCUK-CO-037 Enquire

    Coastal Doubles

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    CO2x Club Performance 65-95kg Ali Folding Back Light grey Light grey

    New

    £4,600 +VAT RCUK-CO-029 Enquire

    Coastal Coxed Quads

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    CO4x(+) Club Performance 65-95kg Ali Folding Back Light grey Red

    On rental

    £8,800 +VAT RCUK-CO-023 Enquire

    Trainer Single Sculls

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    TR1x - - - - - Contact us for details - - Enquire

    Recreational/Para Single Sculls

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    PR1x ClubB 60-105kg Ali Wing White Black New - Avail Aug 2019 £2,400 +VAT RCUK-PR-088 Enquire
    PR1x ClubB 60-105kg Ali Wing White Black New - Avail Aug 2019 £2,400 +VAT RCUK-PR-089 Enquire

    Recreational/Para Double Sculls

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    PR2x ClubB 60-105kg Ali Wing White Black Ex-demo £3,550 +VAT RCUK-PR-075 Enquire
    PR2x ClubB 60-105kg Ali Wing White Black New £3,900 +VAT RCUK-PR-083 Enquire

    Touring Gigs

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    2+/x/3x ClubB 65-95kg - - - Contact us for details - - Enquire
    4+/x/5x ClubB 65-95kg - - - Contact us for details - - Enquire

    Cadet Single Sculls

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    CA1x ClubB 40-50kg Ali Bow Wing White Blue New £1,650 +VAT RCUK-CA-005 Enquire
    CA1x ClubB 45-60kg Ali Bow Wing White Red New £1,650 +VAT RCUK-CA-011 Enquire

    Dragon Boats

    Type Spec Weight Rigger Hull Trim Condition Price Serial # Action
    DB - - - - - Contact us for details - - Enquire
  • Elite Plus (Hull: Kevlar/Nomex Honeycomb/Carbon & Kevlar)

    Overview Specifically for use in competition, so are built at or close to FISA minimum weight. Outer skin of Kevlar cloth, inner skin of mostly carbon cloth, with carbon seat decks and carbon reinforcing on the saxboards and keel. A high performance racing boat.
    Hull Honeycomb core with outer skin of Kevlar cloth, inner skin of mostly carbon cloth, and carbon reinforcing. Full Carbon shoulders.
    Saxboards and canvas decks Honeycomb core with carbon and Kevlar skins, and carbon reinforcing. Canvas decks are honeycomb core with Kevlar skins.
    Seat deck High density closed cell PVC foam core with carbon and Kevlar skins.

    Elite Carbon (Hull: Carbon/Nomex Honeycomb/Carbon)

    Overview An upgrade to our 'Elite Plus' spec, Swift’s ultimate all Carbon boat, delivering superb stiffness and performance and built to FISA minimum weight. Available in a clear UV blocking, polyurethane paint that shows the weave of the carbon cloth with a stunning black appearance. (Standard colour is white with black trim).
    Hull                 Nomex Honeycomb core with all Carbon skins, and Carbon reinforcing
    Saxboards and canvas decks                 Nomex Honeycomb core with all Carbon skins, and Carbon reinforcing
    Seat deck                 High density closed cell PVC foam core with all Carbon skins

    Club A (Hull: Kevlar/Lantor Coremat/Kevlar)

    Overview An ideal boat for both racing and training, with only a small weight disadvantage over 'Elite' honeycomb core boats, this spec is still highly competitive.
    Hull Lantor Coremat with Kevlar skins, and Carbon reinforcing.
    Saxboards and canvas decks Nomex Honeycomb core for 4s and 8s, high density closed cell PVC foam for 1s and 2s, with Carbon and Kevlar skins, and Carbon reinforcing. Canvas decks are Nomex Honeycomb with Kevlar skins.
    Seat deck High density closed cell PVC foam core with Kevlar skins.

    Club B (Hull: Fibreglass/Lantor Coremat/Fibreglass)

    Overview Specifically built for training purposes. Heavier than ‘Club A’, but relatively easy to repair.
    Hull Lantor Coremat with Kevlar and Fibreglass skins, and Carbon reinforcing.
    Saxboards and canvas decks Nomex Honeycomb core for 4s, high density closed cell PVC foam for 1s and 2s, with Kevlar and Fibreglass skins, and Carbon reinforcing. Canvas decks are Nomex Honeycomb core with Fibreglass skins.
    Seat deck High density closed cell PVC foam core with Fibreglass skins.
  • The standard colour for Swift boats is white hull and canvas decks, with black tips for the bow and stern. Hull and canvas decks are finished with 3 coats of UV resistant polyurethane paint, with 2 additional coats for the trim, to help protect the most vulnerable areas of your boat. 

    Elite carbon with clear finish

    The standard colour for Elite Carbon boats is the same as above. 
    However, as an option (available at additional cost), the hull and canvas decks can be finished in clear UV resistant polyurethane paint, with white trim and white joint lines or black trim to complete the all black effect. 

    Custom colours

    For custom colours we offer 3 choices.

    Custom A:

    Main is white, trim is other than black. 

    Custom B:

    Main is NOT white, trim is EITHER black or other colour. 

    Custom C:

    All other, such as white hull, blue canvas, yellow trim. 

    The choice of trim and main colours

    RAL Code Name Main colour Trim colour RAL Code Name Main colour Trim colour
    RAL9005 Black No Yes RAL 6012 Hunter green No Yes
    RAL 7036 Medium gray Yes Yes RAL 6001 Kelly green Yes Yes
    RAL 8011 Dark brown No Yes RAL 6017 Light green Yes Yes
    RAL 8002 Medium brown No Yes RAL 3001 Red Yes Yes
    RAL 4008 Purple Yes Yes RAL 2008 Orange Yes Yes
    RAL 4006 Magenta Yes Yes RAL 3015 Light pink Yes Yes
    RAL 5010 Dark blue No Yes RAL 1016 Light yellow Yes Yes
    RAL 5015 Light blue Yes Yes RAL 1018 Yellow Yes Yes
    RAL 5012 Aqua blue Yes Yes RAL 9003 White Yes Yes

    Elite Carbon: 1s, 2s, 4s, 8s and Elite Plus: 2s, 4s, 8s

    Seat decks, saxboards and lips are finished in clear paint to show carbon cloth.

    Elite Carbon (clear finish): 1s, 2s, 4s, 8s

    Seat decks, saxboards and lips are finished in clear paint to show carbon cloth.

    Elite Plus: 1s and Club A: 1s

    Seat decks, saxboards and lips are finished in clear paint to show carbon cloth.

    Club A: 2s, 4s, 8s

    Seat decks are finished in white paint, saxboards and lips are finished in clear paint to show carbon cloth.

    Club B: 1s, 2s, 4s

    Seat decks, saxboards and lips are finished in white paint.

    Boats built before March 2011 have the following design.

    Standard The standard colour for Swift boats is white hull and canvas decks, with black tips for the bow and stern, and black trim on the saxboard tops and wave breaker.  The deck joint line is also black. 
    For custom colours:
    Custom A Main is white, trim is other than black
    Custom B Main is NOT white, trim is EITHER black or other color
  • Boat electronics

    We are pleased to offer Nielsen Kellerman/Active Tools/Coxmate compatible electronics wiring, factory installed on Swift boats. 

    There are 3 options to choose from;

    • With no electronics - no arrangements for any wiring.
    • Wiring ready Coxmate bungs fitted in seat decks, so you can fit your own wiring.
    • With wiring and Coxmate bungs fitted in seat decks and wiring, speakers and impeller as appropriate.

    In line with FISA's requirements, Swift boats are all built with enclosed seat decks to provide maximal buoyancy in the event of a swamping. This can make it difficult for rowers to put wiring under the seat deck themselves, unless there are Coxmate bungs. Putting wiring above the seat deck is of course very easy to do. 

    The Coxmate bung is a clever way to keep wiring below the seat deck, without compromising buoyancy. 
    A plastic insert is bonded into the seat deck. A rubber bung fits securely in this insert. It has a number of holes in the underside. The appropriate hole size is chosen, and the hole is then made complete all the way through the bung (either with a special tool, or a drill). Then the side of the bung nearest to the chosen hole is cut through with a Stanley knife, and the wire is pushed into the hole through this split in the side. Finally the bung with wire is pushed into the insert. 

  • Stretchers, rowing shoes and flexfoot

    Made from carbon cloth, with PVC foam core, and epoxy resin cured at high temperature, our stretchers are both lightweight and rigid, and allow the efficient transfer of power. They are easily adjustable for height, fore and aft positioning, and rake (stretcher angle). 

    Our singles have the stretcher channels located on the saxboards, taking advantage of the slope of the saxboard to allow for wider placement of shoes, and further adding to saxboard stiffness.

    All boats, regardless of grade are fitted with the same high quality shoes with Velcro straps that have a single, quick release pull tag.  Heel restraints are attached as standard. 

    There is also the option at time of order to choose the Flexfoot system, instead of rowing shoes. The Flexfoot stretcher uses parts based on CII's rowing machine, but modified for use in rowing boats. That is, the heel is a rounded shape, and is closed for safety reasons. A heel restraint is also attached. This system is preferred by some people for recreational boats, such as our Freedom boats, but can be supplied on racing boats.

    For Para boats, you can specify a plain wooden stretcher, which allows you to customize it as you like, for example, by screwing just 1 shoe to it, closer to the centre than is normal with 2 shoes.

    Seats and rails

    All Swift boats use the same carbon seat tops to provide excellent stiffness while keeping weight to a minimum.  The undercarriage is made from nylon with the axles made from anodised aluminium.  Single action seats have sealed ball bearing wheels for a smooth movement and are supplied as standard. 

    We use 3 different lengths of seat rail (820mm, 850mm, 880mm) depending on the average crew weight of the boat.  Seats are painted with clear lacquer to show the carbon cloth finish. Seat rails are made from hard anodised aluminium, with bungees to hold seats securely during transport (avoiding the need to remove them and run the risk of damage/loss).

    Fins and rudders

    All Swift boats have easily replaceable anodised aluminium fins, that are secured to the boat with a fin box.  There are 4 sizes of fin, one each for 1x, 2x/-, fours and eights. 

    Rudders are stainless steel, and are available in small (50x80mm plate) for straight course rowing, or large (80 x 100mm plate) for river/lake rowing.
    The rudder yoke is anodised aluminium, and the rudder wire is stainless steel.

    Shoulders

    All of our boats, from the basic to the highest spec, have full carbon laminated shoulders. Shoulders are the essential "bones" of a boat and maintain the shape of the hull. Together with the riggers they ensure that all the force applied to the oars is translated efficiently into boat speed, minimizing power loss through twisting and flexing.

    Hatches and bungs

    All our hatches and bungs are easily opened, but are secure.  There is a hatch on the seat deck between the seat rails, one for each rower.  We have 3 sizes of hatch, and use the largest one possible, depending on the boat type, and the hatch position. 

    The stern canvas hatch is positioned over the fin/rudder.  Putting the rudder post under the stern canvas deck will avoid the damage that happens when an exposed rudder post is accidentally knocked.  The hatch is positioned over the rudder so that it is easy to access the rudder to make adjustments, and also makes it easier to carry out repairs to this area of the boat. 

    On the bow canvas deck is a small bung for drainage and air circulation.

    Oarlocks

    Swift boats are supplied with Concept II oarlocks as standard.

  • European traditional riggers

    Hard anodised Aluminium 3 stay rigger (1 forestay and 2 mainstays) with a slotted rigger block for the pin. There is at least 30mm of height adjustment and 30mm of span adjustment per rigger. Supplied with topstays/backstays for both scull and sweep which we recommend are fitted to support the pin (and for safety in the bow seat of crew sculling boats).

               

    Aluminium back rigger

    Hard anodised Aluminium 2 stay rigger (1 mainstay and 1 "backstay"). The rigger supports a C bracket that holds the pin from the bowward side of the pin. There is at least 30mm of height adjustment and 30mm of span adjustment per rigger. 

    This rigger offers excellent performance (no turning movement of the pin) at a very low all-up weight, so is a popular choice for many rowers. Compared with Euro riggers, there is more clearance from the water surface, and also less surface area to catch wind. There is less stiffness of the rigger in the vertical plane, compared with the Euro rigger, so performs better with crews with reasonable technique and timing.

            

    Aluminium wing rigger

    A large aerofoil profile of hard anodised aluminium, mounted on 2 fixing brackets. There is at least 30mm of height adjustment and 30mm of span adjustment per rigger. Supplied with topstays/backstays for sweep and scull (recommended for bow seat position in crew sculling boats for safety). 

    Some coaches prefer wing riggers because of their clearance from the water, which is useful in rough conditions. However wing riggers have a larger surface area to catch the wind and, are also slightly heavier than traditional riggers.

    Key advantages are that they can be moved bowwards and sternwards to finely adjust the boat's trim, and as the hulls for wing rigged boats have no (or only small) ribs, the cockpit has more space so is well suited to rowers with wider hips.

     

          

    Quick Release

    Quick Release (QR) is an option for all boats with wing riggers. The aluminium plates are designed to prevent slipping of riggers. For more information, please see the file "QR Installation".

    Download Installation Guide

  • Shapes

    The single most important factor to consider when choosing a racing boat is the design weight. To maximise your crew’s speed it is essential that they row in a boat that is designed for their weight. 

    Swift uses 21 different moulds for "Olympic" type racing boats (7 for 1s, 6 for 2s, 5 for 4s, and 3 for 8s), all based on tried and tested designs, with proven track records, including FISA's own designs for singles, doubles and fours. 

    With Swift’s range of 21 moulds, which is perhaps the widest of any builder, you will be rowing in a boat that was designed for a crew of your specific weight, and is not a "cut down" version of some larger boat. 

     

    Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

    Crew weights guide

    When ordering boats, please specify the average crew weight required in kilogrammes. 1st = 6.35kg, 1lb =0.454kg, with 14lbs to a stone.

    Kg 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105 110
    St/lb 7/1 7/12 8/9 9/6 10/3 11 11/11 12/8 13/5 14/2 14/13 15/10 16/7 17/4
    lbs 99 110 121 132 143 154 165 176 187 198 209 220 231 242

    Weights

    The weight of any particular boat will depend upon the grade (Elite, Club, etc), the rigger type and the size of the boat (crew weight). The factory can guarantee the weight of your boat, so if this is an important issue for you, please discuss it with us when you place your order.

    Sectional Boats

    All eights are sectional boats (2 pieces), in line with FISA's rules of racing. All other boats, singles, doubles and fours can be built as 1 piece boats, or for easy transportation and storage as 2 piece boats. There is an additional charge for sections in singles, doubles and fours, and extra sections in eights (please contact us for further details). There will be an increase in boat weight of approximately 1kg for singles and doubles, and 2kg for fours and eights. 

    For sections in 8s and 4s, at the time of order you will have a choice of position for the section (4/5 split or 6/7 split for 8s, and 2/3 split or section just behind the rudder for 4s).

    Cox position

    All eights are stern coxed boats, in line with FISA's rules of racing.   Fours can be built either coxless, or coxed (top coxed/front loaders, or as stern coxed boats).

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Reasons Why

7 Reasons to Use a Swift Racing Fine Boat…...

  1. World-class performance at a fraction of the price of other brands, whilst using the same materials and processes.
  2. Boats are made around individual moulds for each shape and weight (instead of using the same hull specification but just raising and lowering the deck).
  3. All specifications meet or surpass FISA requirements.
  4. Huge choice of tailoring options including colours, riggers, shoes and the full range of fittings, so achieving your ideal specification is straightforward.
  5. Supported by the largest resource of spares and accessories available from any rowing boat supplier.
  6. Products are continually developed through testing and feedback from users, so fitness and durability for the highest levels of competition is assured.
  7. All boats and fittings are supplied with 2-year factory warranty (5-year hull warranty).

Sam Champion

I found the Swift easier to row and more stable than all the others, and ultimately I preferred it.

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