I’m 168cm tall, 57kg and flexible. How do I determine what the stretcher depth should be for the boat I’m buying?
I am taking your question about stretcher depth to mean the distance from the top of the seat to the bottom of the heel of the inside of the shoe.
If you can find a boat which allows 15 – 18 cm height variation in that measurement you should be absolutely fine.
As a flexible athlete, you can probably row with your feet higher than most (as long as you can get your shins vertical at the catch).
For small singles (lightweights) the height variation you can achieve may only be up to 16-17 cms. For men the the height can be up to 19 cms.
If this doesn’t suit your needs because you’re particularly tall or have long shins – you may need a seat pad or a modified (raised) seat.
But broadly, you want to get to a shins vertical at the catch (full compression) position and the foot stretcher position is how you adjust the boat set-up to achieve that.
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