Tag: rowboat

Wikipedia says: Rowing is the act of propelling a boat using the motion of oars in the water by displacing water to propel the boat forward. Rowing and paddling are similar. However, rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while paddles (used for paddling) are hand-held and have no mechanical connection.

In some strict terminologies, using oars for propulsion may be termed either “pulling” or “rowing”, with different definitions for each. Where these strict terminologies are used, the definitions are reversed depending on the context: on salt water a pulling boat has one person working each oar, whilst rowing means each person operates two oars on either side of the boat. On inland waterways, the opposite applies, with rowing being where each person in a crew works one oar.