The Design of the RP3
The ROWPERFECT3 (RP3) rowing simulator has been designed to simulate as closely as possible the dynamical and mechanical properties of a racing shell. It is the world's only rowing machine that truly simulates the dynamics of a light racing shell, freely floating on the water. The main frame with its' flywheel, stretcher and seat are the boat simulating parts and the main bar simulates the water. It's unique mass balanced double sliding action provides the best simulation of the dynamics of a light racing shell currently available. In its' patented design, the flywheel assembly weighs about 17.5 kgs, which closely approximates the weight per person of most racing shells. The seat needs balancing as a in boat, forcing the rower to sit and pull symmetrically. The elasticity of the total system of main bar and flywheel assembly, is designed to match closely the elasticity of the combination of oar, boat and rigger.
Crew Boat Simulator
As a unique feature ROWPERFECT3 (RP3) rowing simulators can simply be coupled mechanically, to truly simulate the dynamics of crew boats, by placing two ROWPERFECT3 (RP3) rowingsimulators side by side. This is done by connecting the two moving main frames by means of a light cross bar, tightenend with four nuts. Two ROWPERFECT3 (RP3) units, thus coupled side by side, react identically to a double or a coxless pair. Doubles can be coupled in line to make fours and eights. The interaction between the rowers can be clearly felt and because the rowers sit side by side, differences between rowers are more visible than in the boat. Minor differences in coordination between crew members can thus be eliminated on land more effectively than in the boat.
Cas Rekers working on the RP3