Swanson Boat Company - Oarsman Marine Tallow Products
About Us
    Our specialty is adapting tradition-based rowing designs to fit the needs of the individual customer.  We focus on assisting the oarsman in selecting the options that best enhance the enjoyment of their time on the water.
                                          Old Wharf Dory
                                   (See Photo on Home Page)
                  The Old Wharf Dory was designed by Walter Baron
   and was built at his shop in Wellfleet, MA.  It is a modern version of
      the Grand Banks fishing dory, well suited for rowing along shore.
  The lines were developed by combining and refining the the lines from
    the 16' Lowell Coast Guard Dory and Phil Bolger's Gloucester Gull.
     Length over all is 15' 6", the same as the Gull and the Lowell dory.
         Beam, overall and on the bottom, is 6" wider than the Gull,
      providing much greater initial stability.  Depth amidships is right
       between the two, providing a more lively sheer than the Lowell.
              LOA - 15' 6", Beam - 4' 6" - Weight - approx. 150 Lbs.
Marine plywood bottom, topsides and transom; all framing Black Locust;
   bronze hardware.  Price includes pair Shaw and Tenney spoonblade
                                  8' spruce oars with leathers.
                                           Price $5,400.00
                                        Old Wharf Dory Co.
                  We have rowed this boat and it's exceptional!           

                        Savo 650D, Save 650S AND Savo 575S
                                    Kits now Available!

 Suomen Puuvenepiste Savo 650 D, Savo 650 S and 575 S are tradition- based rowboats bearing some similarities to the renowned Adirondack Guide-Boat & its cousin the St. Lawrence River Skiff.  These unique craft had their origin in Northern Finland, serving the population of a
                        water-wealthy but road-poor environment.
                 Designer/Builder Ruud van Veelen has brought them
     into the 21st Century via use of modern construction materials and
     techniques.  Coupled with his state-of-the art Poseidon Sliding
seat system, Save 650s and 575s have been turning heads and winning
                races in Scandinavian rowing circles since 2006.
              These fine craft are available on a build-to-order basis.
               Cost complete with oars and Poseidon Sliding Seat
                                Savo 650 D (double) $8,500.00
                                 Savo 650 S (single) $7,950.00
                                 Savo 575 S (single) $6,950.00            
                                       KIT BUILDERS!

                       Kits for the 575S (single) now available!
                        $1,750.00 USD + Shipping & Handling
                   Kit purchasers receive 10% off recommended
                                Poseidon Sliding Seat System*

                        Kits for the  650 Single and Double
as well as the Saajuu 470 (recreational rowboat) will be available as
                                  2015 gets under way.                              
          The Poseidon is well designed and performs beautifully.
           The dual rail system provides as much power as the more
          common monorail system with greater stability and control.
Initially developed for designs that are rowed off the gunnel, they are
also adaptable to craft that require (or would benefit from) outriggers.

     The Loiske Oars and Sarana Oarlocks designed to accompany
                              them are now available as well.
  for photographs and specifications, go to http://www.puuvenepiste.fi/
                 and for more photos and updates to Facebook:
              All questions and inquiries, contact Rodger Swanson @
                           E-mail:  rodgerswanson412@comcast.net
                                       Cell:  (860)299-6502

                                NEW PRODUCT LINE!
                               SHAW & TENNEY OARS
      Quality rowing oars, as a stock item, are close to an extinct species. 
                 A notable exception are Shaw & Tenney Oars,
                           handcrafted to order in Orono, ME.

       Shaw and Tenney are the benchmark oars in the recreational
                        and tradition-based rowing venues.
     They will bring out the best in you and your boat, hands down
                                and no doubt about it.

         As these fine products are made to order, please give us
           a call so we can discuss your needs & get the oars
                       literally in your hands ASAP!

                     Call Rodger @  (860)299-6502
         or email: rodgerswanson412@comcast.net

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                        Douglas Oarlocks for fixed-pitch rowing
                                  @ $58.00/pair plus shipping
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   Martinoli Sleeves for adapting round shaft to the Douglas Oarlocks
                                  @ $58.00/pair plus shipping
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                               Top-mount Bronze 1/2" Sockets
                                   @ $15.00/pair plus shipping
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                             Angle-mount Bronze 1/2" Sockets
                                   @ $18.50/pair plus shipping
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                              Brass or Bronze "Lily Pad" Rowlocks
                                  @$225.00/pair plus shipping; and
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                             Bronze or Brass "Plain" SLRS Rowlocks
                                  @$175.00/pair plus shipping
*These are specialty items.  Please call us before ordering so we can be
                       sure you are getting exactly what you want.
       As one of my colleagues pointed out, "Great!  You've got hardware!
                                What about a a boat and oars?"
                        Clint Chase (Clint Chase Boatbuilder, LLC)
              offers molds for  an excellent 15' St. Lawrence Skiff built by
                          L. E. Fry @ Clayton, NY, about 1910
                 Clint's located at 25 Deblois Street, Portland, ME 04103
            Phone:  (207)602-9587 E-Mail:  boatkits@gmail.com
                              Steve Holt @ Shaw & Tenney, Inc.
                            20 Water Street, Orono, ME  04473
              takes orders for outstanding St. Lawrence River Skiff oars
             Phone:  (207)866-4867 E-Mail:  info@shawandtenney.com
                             Website:  http://www.shawandtenney.com/
                                  NANTUCKET SOUNDER

                                            ONE LEFT!
  "Yestertech" at its best, Robert E. White Instruments' Nantucket Sounder
             sounding lead is a must-have for the self-sufficient oarsman. 
            3# silicon bronze; hexagonal cross section to prevent rolling;
            star-shaped cavity for charging with marine tallow to bring up
                                 bottom material sample.
  Comes with 60' braided line knotted at one-fathom intervals for depth
                measurement.  Canvas bag with drawstring for storage. Complimentary 4 oz. tin of Oarsman Marine Ship's Tallow.
ITEM # 13 DISCOUNTED from $115.00 each plus shipping to
                       $95.00 plus shipping - Save $20.00!
                          "WINNER'S CIRCLE" PRODUCTS
                                       Blackburn Oar Leather Kit
             Pete Culler-style "Old School Long Oar Leathers" 
          An ideal choice for oars rowed off standard oarlocks               
                            and oars rowed off thole pins        
                 Top grain vegetable tanned* 5 - 6 oz. beef hide
           *Vegetable or oak-tanned leather was the original material
          preferred for leathering oars.  Marine tallow was a "given" as                   
             the medium for seasoning and maintaining the leathers
            The combination was superior then and it's superior now!                      
                Kit includes  two 14" leathers, thread, needles, thonging 
                   punch,complete instructions, straps for buttons plus
                              Oarsman Marine Tallow & Topcoat
                               Basic Packet @ no extra charge
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                        $65.00 + $8.95 Shipping & Handling = 73.95*
    *Yes, we know, this kit "costs more" than other oar leather kits--that's
because you're getting more for your money.  Properly installed
and seasoned vegetable-tanned leather has about double the life span
                        of chrome tanned leather and latigo. 
    Rather than "wearing" with usage (as is the case for chrome tanned
and latigo-type leather), oak and vegetable-tanned leather "burnishes"
with use.  This reduces friction between the leather and the oarlock.
Lubricate the oarlock sockets with tallow, and you will experience a
smoother sustained stroke pace with less effort--plus you will triple the
life of your expensive bronze hardware.  For the serious oarsman.
 ITEM # 15                 Merrimac Oar Leather Kit              
      Same contents as Premium Kit except includes top grain chrome
         tanned 6 - 7 oz. beef hide.  Perfectly adequate, just lacks the
               "extra edge" the vegetable tanning process provides.

                       $55.00 + $8.95 Shipping & Handling = $63.95
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                                          Uitility Leather Kits
       These kits consist of two panels of 6 1/2" x 9" chrome tanned leather
                    (pre-punched on one side for ease of installation);
          two harness needles; waxed lacing; two straps for buttons, a
                     clamp for setting the buttons and instructions.
      Intended for the type of short, sturdy oars common to dinghys, tenders
                                           & harbor work skiffs.
                     $35.00 + $5.95 Shipping & Handling = $40.95
                          FULL RANGE OF MARINE LEATHER
        Thanks to the F. H. Ebinger Company of Ipswich, Massachusetts,
    we are now able to provide a full range of marine leather. Whether your
    project is large of small, contact us with a description of what you need.
                   Guaranteed top quality at a reasonable price.
                           HAND-FORGED RIGGER'S KNIVES

                                ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK!

        We are pleased to be offering Med Chandler's hand-forged rigger's
        knives.  These have to be seen (and used) to be fully appreciated.
      Our personal criteria for a true rigger's knife matches those stated by
                    Hervey Garrett Smith in The Arts of the Sailor.
                             These knives definitely measure up!
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                            $95.00* includes Shipping and sheath.
            If interested , please call or e-mail me so I can provide a full
     a full description and photos.  These might be just the ticket for you. 
           I'll help you get your own but you definitely can't have mine!
                                     *Reduced price!
          As the only US producer of marine tallow, we have a unique array
           of products for the tradition-oriented oarsperson.  These include:
    - Oarsman Marine Tallow - Traditional oar leather and oar socket
        lubricant.  See Home for Basic Packet description and pricing.
         - Other sizes/container configurations available upon request.
    - Oarsman Kitchen Tallow - Superb for seasoning and maintaining
                                       cast iron cookware
                        Also used by blacksmiths for annealing
                    Available in 4 oz. tins and 1/2 lb. containers.
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                4 oz. tin* $10.00 plus $2.50 Shipping and Handling
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           Half-pint "profile" jar* $15.00 plus $3.50 Shipping and Handling
            *Includes instructions for seasoning & maintaining cast iron.
    - Oarsman Bench Tallow - Custom tallow/beeswax formulation
                             for the boatbuilder and woodworker
                              A superior lubricant for fasteners
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            $15.00 for 1/2 pint plus $5.95 Shipping and Handling = $20.95
        - Oarman's Ship's Tallow - Especially formulated to aid in the
       maintenance of larger wooden vessels for seasoning and
    lubricating wooden masts, spars, blocks, turnbuckles and gaff
                                      jaw leathers
                  Ideal for charging Sounding Leads
                  Packaged in 4 oz. tins & 2 # Containers
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             $10.00 for 4 oz. tin + $2.50 Shipping = $12.50
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             $15.00 for 8 oz. tin + $3.50 Shipping = $18.50
     Price for 2# containers based on quantity and shipping charges
                                    Tins in Stock
              2 # (& larger) sizes available on special order. 
                               Please call or e-mail us.
          Currently, Oarsman's Ship's Tallow is being used in the refit
                 and upkeep of five schooners in the 65 to 85' range.
                                   COMFORT ZONE!
                               We row for pleasure, right? 
       So, why suffer from sore, aching muscles, cracked skin and
                                     blistered hands?
    - Oarsman's Friend Hand Salve -  Tallow-based skin conditioner
         developed for anyone doing a lot of literal "hands-on" activity.
               Available in 2 oz. tin:  Aloe (A); Sweet Orange (SO;
                                 Lavender (L); Sage (S); Green Tea (GT)
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                         $6.00 each + $1.50 Shipping = $7.50
                       Or, order two (2) or more @ $5.00 each!
             NEW:  For Outdoor Leather Items, Especially Hiking
                                         Boots and Shoes
                                   Oarsman Bison Tallow
         Very dense, complex tallow superb for weatherproofing leather.
                              Available in 4 oz. tin with instructions.
TEM # 24            $15.00 each + $3.50 Shipping = $18.50
     Payment:  We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American
                             Express and most Bank Cards
                              for orders of $25.00 or more
                 Checks and Money Orders also welcome.
                        Our Location:  Windsor, Connecticut
                 Hours:  Give us a call between 8:00AM and 8:00PM
                                Monday through Saturday
               E-Mail us anytime: rodgerswanson412@comcast.net    
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