is from the sculls and oarlocks at the catch. The sliding seat itself shouldn't be noisy.
Sliding seat singles are for relatively open water. The boat is moving pretty fast, even when cruising, and stopping or turning to inspect water lilies is not easy to do. On the Charles River Basin, and up past Harvard toward Watertown, a single scull is a great way to see a lot of cars going by on both sides of the river.
But upstream on Lake Norumbega, a competition scull will be running up on all sorts of rec boats. Going on upstream in the narrow, twisty stuff between Weston and Newton, it wouldn't be much fun at all. Even a fast sea kayak might not feel at home. A canoe works best.
Another thing. A competition single has to be dimensioned and adjusted very carefully to feel "right". I can't imagine being happy with any drop in rowing rig without extensive tinkering.
So I wouldn't recommend sliding seat sculling except for those who want to cover open water quickly.
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