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Why rowing coaches buy what they buy

Following are the results of a survey I have been doing for several years. It is a running culmination of opinions taken from attendees in my rigging and rowing clinics. There  are two questions, and below that how the coaches responded. As of this writing about 200 rowing coaches have taken the survey. Question: "What is the main reason you buy a shell?"

  1. 26.1% QUALITY
  2. 23.8% PRICE
  3. 16.6% SPEED
  4. 12.0% OTHER
  5. 10.7% OWNING SIMILAR EQUIPMENT
  6.   4.7% STIFFNESS
  7.   3.5% COMFORT WHILE ROWING
  8.   1.1% SERVICE
  9.   1.1% EASE OF RIGGING

Question: "What is the main reason you buy oars?"

  1. 39.4% QUALITY
  2. 15.7% OWNING SIMILAR EQUIPMENT
  3. 11.8% PRICE
  4. 11.8% SPEED
  5. 10.5% COMFORT WHILE ROWING
  6.   6.5% OTHER
  7. 2.6% SERVICE
  8. 1.3% EASE OF RIGGING