There’s a long list of failed inventions in rowing from oars with triple ridged spoons to snub-nosed boats. Most that fail, fail fast. Some are quickly forgotten and others struggle on becoming niche products with loyal users but ignored by the mainstream.
Rowing innovations continue – we’ve featured some on the blog here and many now choose Kickstarter (here and here) fund-raising as a way of broadening investment and increasing their chances of survival.
Today we want to celebrate one that failed – the rowing catamaran. We got this message from the founder
A long time ago you wrote a piece about my rowing catamaran – well, sadly, the 7-year project collapsed when I couldn’t raise the investment I needed to take it into full production. Such a familiar story in Britain where a completely new product is just far too risky – but painful nonetheless.
However, I decided to write it up and post the saga for anybody who might find it interesting, and I thought you might fall into that category