WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT PEINERT BOATS
"I have owned my Zephyr for just over a year, and I am a huge fan of this boat. I row it in the ocean off Marblehead, and it handles all (rowable) conditions that we see really well. It is stable, fast, durable, and just plain fun to row.
Also, anyone looking to race in the 19’ class should look at past results for Blackburn, Essex and JCR: the Zephyr is the way to go."
-Jigger Herman, Massachusetts
"After a slow start to the season with the incessant rain, I have logged about 40 miles rowing my sharp new red and white Peinert 26, and it is great! The boat sets up well, is comfortable and to my surprise rides out the wakes of rude power
-Elliot Steinberg, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"I have been coaching and sculling for over 20 years. My scullers who qualified for
-Kathryn Walkley, Head Coach, Rainier Rowing Club, American Lake, Washington
"Yesterday the wind was strong from the West and the bay was covered with whitecaps. The ocean however was nicely flat, being sheltered by the land and houses. So I took my Peinert Dolphin out in the Atlantic. Just as I was going out from the beach a large swell came from nowhere and broke right over my body. It was strong enough to pop out one of my foot stretcher straps, but the Dolphin's hull took it without any problems. I fixed the foot stretcher and went on for a nice 5-mile ocean row. The self-bailer easily cleared the water out of the cockpit. When I returned, the interior cavities of the boat were perfectly dry. Thanks for making a great boat."
"I really like thePeinert 26. Although, I outweigh the shell by about 25lbs., I'm still able to row successfully. She's a beautiful, sleek boat slicing through the water like a bright red arrow in an emerald sky."
-Raleigh Conway, Locust Grove, Virginia
"The Dolphin is a joy to own: it 'runs' beautifully in the water, it handles chop well, and its rigger system is easy to assemble....The Dolphin is clearly a better boat than my previous shell, a WinTech Explorer 21."
-Jim Leslie, St. Paul, Minnesota
P.S. I named my boat "Money Well Spent"
-Lisa Ellison, West Melbourne, Florida
"Well, after seeing one of your boats have its bow bent nearly off when thrust into the sternwheel of our local river boat (moored at the time) at full ebb and max river current, I know they are sturdy...the rower bent it back into shape and finished her row back to the boathouse. Good work!
After being beaten by a Dolphin in a rec boat race at the SE regionals while rowing a Maas 24 (really HARD!) (Bronze vice Silver). Good work!
After talking to grads of Craftsbury about the abuse they witnessed directed at your boats. Good work!
After downloading your web Primer on How to Scull for use by the instructors at my club. Good work!
I have come to the conclusion that maybe a Peinert X25 is in my future."
I bought my Peinert 26 in
1989, and I've put about 13,000 miles on her.....I row from mid-March to the
end of December, and row 5 miles for each session. I am 62, and....do not
miss a day unless I am out of town or the weather is too extreme. The shell
has proven to be absolutely perfect for me. In all these years I have only
had to replace the foot strap (twice), the seat (once) and only now the
This is just to say thank you for the splendid Peinert Zephyr, which undoubtedly gave me the edge I needed, to become the 'first person in the world' to have rowed the length of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world.....It rowed and handled like a racing scull, yet it gave me the stability that I required in extremely unstable conditions. I have rowed successfullythrough two and a half plus waves and swells and lived to tell the tale.
-Ian Harvey, United Kingdom
I forgot to compliment you on the robustness and sturdiness of the rig and the fact that the shell took a few hard knocks [inadvertently] on the side of the steel-hulled chase boat as she was being hauled in-board, when not in use. The Zephyr's tough double-skin did it's job well and survived all the rigours, without so much as a scratch!
-Ian Harvey, United Kingdom
Huge praise for the boat you
built for me! I'm less than a season in a single and the X25 is so stable.
Feel I'm ready to start refining my stroke.
You're right about these
boats being tough. Andrew collided with a **** while warming up for a race.
The **** rode up over the bow of the Peinert (P 26). The Peinert has a few
light scratches. The **** got a hole about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long
when it hit the splash board of the Peinert. Luckily no one was hurt, but
the **** and its rower had to be rescued by the Coast Guard, Andrew was able
to continue on and race.
I purchased my Dolphin from
the Florida Rowing Center.....I've received numerous compliments on its
looks, but more importantly, it handles great when it's rough and is
satisfyingly quick in smooth water. I do not hesitate to recommend this boat
to members at my club nor would I hesitate at purchasing another Peinert in
the future. Thanks for making a great boat!
I rowed my new Peinert 26
this morning. It was awesome. I can't thank you enough for being so
helpful.....It feels smooth and fast, everything is working perfectly. You
did a great job.
The Dolphin was everything
that I hoped it would be and more. I rowed it daily during my
vacation....and I had a ball.....The bailer works like a charm after an
errant big wave. I was back in my shell this morning and my objective of
maintaining fitness while on vacation was definitely achieved.....Please
feel free to use me as a very satisfied customer reference.
Just want to let you know,
the boat (X25) is wonderful. I have no
"If,...you see yourself skimming the water at high speed, handling light chop with ease, and heavy chop with skill; if you want to race seriously, perhaps occasionally in flat water races; and if pure sculling technique and maximum power feel good to you, then you will want the Peinert Dolphin.
For beginning scullers there may be a
temptation to start with the (Alden) Star or (Maas) Aero and move up, but
Chuck Peiper, our Masters sculler, feels the Peinert is so stable you can,
in fact, skip the shorter boats and start off directly in it. 'It will
feel challenging at first, but in thirty days you will have mastered it,
and you won't have needed to own a shorter boat.'"
"If I were buying boats for a new
program, Peinerts would be my first choice. They are durable, have fine
craftsmanship, and fit a wide range of sizes and abilities."
"I picked up my boat on 5/24 and
rowed twice on 5/25. What a sweet boat....Rowing has brought me in contact
with two great companies - Concept II and yours."
"The Peinert 26 is perfect for our
program at Craftsbury. It is very durable for our beginning scullers yet
light and raceable for our more advanced scullers. A very comfortable boat
to row. For an inexpensive boat, it performs as well as racing boats
costing twice as much."
"The Peinert Dolphin is the first
rec shell that I've rowed that has the look and feel of my racing shell
it's a whole lot more fun to row in rough water. It's a great boat for
serious open water and distance racing."
"Every day that I row it I like it
"The Peinert 26 is quite simply
the best buy on the market for the serious recreational rower. The
versatility of the hull allows it to suit the needs of a wide range of
rowers, making it perfect for club or individual use; for training or
"I recently had the pleasure of
rowing a friend's Peinert 26....I was impressed with the significantly
greater stability of the Peinert. I was even more impressed with the
overall design and engineering, i.e., the hull shape, the finish, the
innovative rigger system, the clever foot stretcher, etc.....Please send
me specs and a price list."
"Learning to scull is a great way
to develop the skills of a sweep rower. You become much more aware that
all of your body motions affect the speed of a boat, and this carries over
into eights rowing. Peinerts are great boats to use to teach large numbers
of rowers to scull."