An ocean row boat is the one item of equipment that each crew cannot do without. In addition to this each crew will need numerous pieces of equipment to be able to row across the Pacific Ocean. Ocean row boats are ruggedly designed and built from glass fibre, carbon fibre or other composite materials to withstand the worst of the weather that the ocean can throw at them. They are also designed to self right if they capsize. Each boat has a water tight cabin at each end. Generally one is used for storage and the other is used as the accomodation, where the crew can rest.
The race rules restrict the use of boats to those within certain design parameters. There are a number of elements regarding this but the general requirements can be downloaded from this link.
General requirements (134.5 KiB, 777 hits)
For more information about boats and where you can buy them from have a look at our Boat page which has more details about where you can buy ocean row boats including our boatmart page with cheaper second hand boats for sale
Under the deck of the boat are a number of individual watertight lockers used for storing ballast water, food and other pieces of equipment. All electrical items on the boat are powered by batteries. These are charged by solar panels placed on top of the cabins. Standard electrical items include a GPS unit, lights, VHF radio, a watermaker (a small desalination device that turns sea water into drinking water) and a satellite phone. Other electrical items often include a laptop or palm computer and MP3 player.
As part of your race documentation, you will be supplied with a equipment list detailing equipment that every crew must carry. Most crews are able to negotiate discounts on equipment through sponsorship agreements with suppliers, and New Ocean Wave has also arranged a number of partnership agreements with suppliers who have agreed to offer discounts exclusively entrants in the Great Pacific Race. Take a look at the FAQ page for the answers to other queries you might have or why not give us a call?
Below is a picture of a boat next to everything needed to row across an ocean except rowers. Can you spot everything on the list?
|1 – Solar Panels||2 – Rudder||3 – Radar Target Enhancer|
|4 – VHF aerial||5 – Navigation light||6 – Satellite phone and laptop|
|7 – Toilet paper and bucket||8 – Freeze dried / Wet food & snack bags||9 – Oars|
|10 – Sleeping bags and pillows||11 – Day tank for fresh water||12 – Para anchor, drogues & warps|
|13 – Life Raft and immersion suits||14 – Life Jackets||15 – Flares|
|16 – Snorkeling gear||17 – EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Locating Beacon)||18 – Sheepskin seat pads|
|19 – Emergency manual watermaker||20 – Medical kit||21 – Tracking beacon|
|22 – Cookers and spare gas canister||23 – Waterproof clothing|