... or change the topic (but hey, we do that here), but that reminds me of another thing that I personally don't like about sliding seats. All that moving hardware is LOUD. On a really quiet morning, I can hear a pair of "fours" at a distance of more than a mile (more rowers per boat simply means it's even louder). The first time I heard this sound early this spring, I'd completely forgotten about the rowing clubs, and I thought someone was walking a track-mounted backhoe for some great distance along one of the concrete streets on shore. I was rowing too, and in my quick glances over my shoulder I simply didn't see a couple of little boats a mile ahead of me. I sure could hear them though (damn, I didn't think they allowed backhoes to travel such a long distance on pavement!). Of course, this is something that is exclusively an urban, athletic endeavor, and it's NOT a means for traveling or being part of nature, so the racket isn't something the participants should think about.
Oh, glad to see I'm not the only one who realizes that a sliding seat accomplishes very little in a utilitarian type of boat.
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