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    Looking for ships with oars

    What I'm after is ships or boats that have oars but the people that do the rowing are under the deck. I need ideas and plans because I plan on making a working ship/boat that is not over complicated with detail. I have plans for a more life like rowing mechanism but I also want to keep that part out of sight whether it be under the deck or under some sort of cover. Any info or suggestions would be welcome. Thanks

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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    The only one that I've seen was a scratch-built Viking ship at the Toledo show many years ago. The builder used a tent that covered up the drive system which I assumed may have been part of scale incliment weather usage to get around hiding everything. Oars on each side were independently controlled for steering.
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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    You need lifelike.How about these in the Geico commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU6hmgTY76M

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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    Love the commercial and thanks for the input on Roman ships. I may have to go that route if I can't find an easier build.

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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    Not many galley type vessels had their oarsmen out of sight - at least some were on the deck, think of the top layer on a bireme or trireme.  There is always one of the Venetian barges "Bucentaur" if I spelt it right, which had the oarsmen below, and the decks clear for the important people to look good and feel important on.  Might be a problem keeping it the right end up, but its a challenge, yes?

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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    Seen these two last year at the St Louis Regatta at Forest park.

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    RE: Looking for ships with oars

    Good idea Deathwish I'm thinking maybe the Viking ship can support my idea for linkage. I will look deeper into that maybe just make the boat a bit bigger to put in all the mechanics.


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