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Boat Racks

Boat Racks

Rowing Centre UK boat racks are fully modular and can be installed in any boathouse. You can either choose the individual components you need or order a complete system. We can also design bespoke solutions to fit your particular space (contact us here). Boat racks can be:

  • Single sided or double sided
  • 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 3.5m tall (plus 50mm for the base, plus 230mm for wheels, if needed)
  • 2.8m, 4.2m, 5.6m, 11.2m long, depending upon the length and quantity of cross stays and the size of boats you wish to rack
  • With fixed or sliding arms

To order your ideal Boat Rack System please click HERE

To order your individual Boat Rack Components please click HERE

Click on any option below to see the racking system blueprint (opens in a new tab):


2m tall, single side 2m tall, double side 2.5m tall, single side 2.5m tall, double side
2800mm 2800mm 2800mm 2800mm
2800mm x2 2800mm x2 2800mm x2 2800mm x2
4200mm 4200mm 4200mm 4200mm
5600mm 5600mm 5600mm 5600mm

  • Each rack is made up of the following parts:

    Bases - there are 2 types, one each for single sided and for double sided racks.

    Uprights - there is one design, but with 4 choices of height. They are all made with a series of holes (vertically, every 50mm), so that the arms can be attached (with bolts), at different heights, so that you can chose the best position for your needs.

    Cross stays - there is one design, but with 3 choices of length (span).

    Connectors - only used with double sided racks, to connect pairs of uprights.

    There are 2 types:
    With the 620mm connector, unless the arms are staggered at different heights on each side, there is potential for riggers to clash. The advantage of this type is that the overall width of the rack is minimised.

    With the 1,180mm connector, arms can be the same height on both sides, and riggers will not clash. This type is recommended for places where there is sufficient space.

    Arms - there are the following types:

    A basic 700mm long square pipe (50mm x 50mm) that has been welded to a steel back plate.

    A basic 800mm long square pipe (50mm x 50mm) that has been welded to a steel back plate. This is useful for 8s and other wide boats.

    Both basic arms have an extruded rubber top to protect your boats.

    A heavy duty 800mm long square pipe (50mm x 50mm) that has a much longer steel back plate and a steel pipe gusset from the bottom of the base plate to the middle of the arm, to provide reinforcing. 

    A heavy duty 1000mm long square pipe (50mm x 50mm) that has a much longer steel back plate and a steel pipe gusset from the bottom of the base plate to the middle of the arm, to provide reinforcing. 

    Both heavy duty arms can be used just like this (the extruded rubber top needs to be ordered separately, as it is not included in the price), or you can order them with 600mm heavy duty sliding rails and the outer part, which comes with comes with rubber on the top surface.

    Boat sizes options:

    For small boats (1s and 2s), it is usual to support boats with just 2 arms. For this, the ideal span is 2.8m.

    For 4s there is a choice of either 2 or 3 arms to support each boat. For 2 arms, you may choose a span of either 4.2m, or 5.6m. For 3 arms, you will need to have a double span of 2.8m.

    For 8s it is usual to support boats with 3 arms. For this, the usual span is 5.6m, which is doubled to 11.2m.

    Cross stay options:

    For single sided racks 3 cross stays will be needed, unless you have chosen to use 3 arms to support each boat, in which case you will need 6 cross stays.

    For double sided racks 4 cross stays will be needed, unless you have chosen to use 3 arms to support each boat, in which case you will need 8 cross stays.

    Uprights options:

    For single sided racks 2 uprights will be needed, unless you have chosen to use 3 arms to support each boat, in which case you will need 3 uprights.

    For double sided racks 4 uprights will be needed, unless you have chosen to use 3 arms to support each boat, in which case you will need 6 uprights.

    Wheels - These racks can be fitted with wheels.  The wheels are 200mm in diameter, and there are 2 types:

    Free wheels that can move in any direction, and have a brake.
    200mm diameter heavy duty "free" wheel (Mbr-wheel1)

    Fixed wheels that can only move in one direction.
    200mm diameter heavy duty "fixed" wheel (Mbr-wheel2)

    If wheels are not used, the bases need to be lifted from the ground a little, to avoid resting on the heads of bolts. This can be done with some small blocks of wood (not provided by us), or by attaching our purpose made feet.

    To order your ideal Boat Rack System please click HERE

    To order your individual Boat Rack Components please click HERE

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Reasons Why

4 Reasons to use Rowing Centre UK Boat and Oar Racking Systems:

  1. Specially designed with maximum optimisation and saving of space in mind.
  2. Options for either off-the-shelf or bespoke solutions tailored to individual boathouses.
  3. Full consultation service available, providing advice on how best the space in your boathouse or storage are can be utilised.
  4. Choice of either self-build or full-fitting service provided directly by Rowing Centre UK expert staff.