Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you ship your boats and how are they delivered?
Levator boats are shipped throughout continental North America. Throughout the spring, summer and fall we attend many different regattas throughout the east coast area from Tennessee to New England to Southern Ontario. We use these trips to personally deliver our boats. Contact Levator to see when we will be in your area.
We also use freight service to ship to the west coast from California to Alaska, and to the southern United States.
What does your warranty cover?
Our warranty is the best in the business. We offer a full 60-month warranty on manufacture defects to the hull. Hardware failures are addressed separately.
Why do you build by hand?
Levator chooses to build by hand one boat at a time because we believe this builds a better boat. Great effort is taken to produce the smoothest exterior finish with our hulls by working them with our hands. This eliminates friction and preserves the hull to ensure it is as fast as it can be.
Can Levator boats withstand saltwater rowing conditions?
Our boats excel in saltwater conditions. Our hulls are quadruple coated for extra resistance to saltwater. We use aluminum riggers and titanium pins to withstand the corrosive power of ocean rowing.
What is the fastest boat that Levator builds?
All our boats are racers, but the Torque stands out as our fastest single, designed to compete at the highest level of racing. The Flight gives parallel performance, since much of its hull design and construction is kindred to the Torque, but it is a wooden-composite boat, which combines elegant design with the longevity of wood.
How does Levator reduce its environmental footprint and promote "green" manufacturing?
Obviously wooden boats are greener than composite boats because trees are renewable. But for composite boat building we reduce our environment footprint by our fabrication techniques.
We use vinylester resin in our composite boats to circumvent the need for heating ovens. With this innovative room temperature system we build boats that are distortion free to 350°! Not only is this a greener way to build boats, but also this innovation reduces our production costs. In turn we are able to reinvest these savings into higher quality components and hardware to make a better boat and reduce our environmental footprint at the same time.
How should I transport my boats?
Mount a boat rack to your car specifically designed for a racing single which can be puchased with your boat when it is ordered. Many people like to make their own as a do it yourself project. We are happy to assist and answer any how to questions. The important thing is, do not tie the shell to the rack too tightly whether using straps or bungees. Straps can crack a hull. Bungees can leave an impression in the hull on very hot days. Check your ties while travelling. A cover is a safe investment for your shell. It not only protects the boat from stones and debris, it protects the surface from harmful UV radiation during both the summer and off season while in transit. Be sure to insure your boat.
How should I store my boat?
The best place is a dry unheated well ventilated shell or boathouse. Storage in heated areas is unnecessary for composite boats and can be harmful for wooden boats. Even well finished modern wooden boats absorb water vapour over the season through osmosis. Sudden changes in humidity can shock the wood and crack finishes through shrinkage. This is a particular concern for vintage shells. If a permanent shelter is unavailable your travel boat cover is a worthwhile investment relative to the cost of the racing shell. Be sure to loosen all plugs and vents after each row. Condensation is a factor in water accumulation inside any boat.
What are the differences between composite and wooden boats?
The great thing about a wooden boat is if you store it properly in a coolish room over the winter, the wood recovers it's resilience. It recovers its strength if it rests for several months. And that doesn't happen with composites because once the resin becomes brittle it loses it's integrity; and that's when it starts to fall apart. For this reason use a material called vinylester resin because it has good elongation and can be bent many, many times without breaking down. It's very elastic without being soft.
The advantage of composites is they can be very strong and also very light. We use high modulus carbon in our elite racers for this reason, because it creates a very firm boat that is light and durable.
Why are singles a good boat for clubs?
For generations in Europe sculling is taught as the foundation of rowing. Anatomically it is easier on the body because it is a symmetrical exercise that involves both sides of the body equally. In contrast, sweep rowing favours one side of the body, so sweep rowers often develop asymmetrical muscle masses. Once the body is imbalanced this way injuries can occur, which create a domino effect of symptoms around the body from pulled shoulders, to neck injuries, lower back, hamstrings, on and on, because the body is just not designed to work this way. Sculling builds a symmetrical muscle mass, which greatly reduces the chances for injury.
Single shells are therefore good because they are sculling boats. But singles are also good for clubs because they allow the sculler to focus on their technique, to isolate and breakdown flaws in their stroke. With one person in the boat there are fewer variables to consider. If the boat flops to one side, the rower knows that there is something incorrect about their technique and not another rower, as the case is in double and quad sculling shells. This is why perfecting one's stroke in a single is an excellent way to improve the efficiency and speed for crews that row in double or quad shells.
The third advantage for clubs is singles offer a level of safety. Even though novice rowers initially find them more tippy than larger boats, singles have the advantage of riding over the water. In contrast, large boats sit lower in the water and are much longer. They commonly slash through waves, not ride over them, which causes them to take in water, become swamped and even sink. For this reason, singles can offer a lower risk for drowning.
Other advantages include:
- Singles are versatile for scheduling. To row an eight-person shells requires eight people. If seven show up the boat stays at the dock but if they had singles all seven could still row. Singles are also easier to transport and store.
- Singles require less space and easier to transport to regattas. They do not need dedicated trailers for hauling.
- Singles are less expensive than doubles, quads and eights. Particularly for new clubs, singles can be purchased incrementally to build a program over time.