A Listmania! list by D. Kolton(The Great Northwest)
The list author says: "I am a late bloomer to rowing (sculling actually). I started some 10 or so years ago, stopped for a while, and am starting up again this spring. Why? I missed it immensely. If you're a person who needs to be on or around the water, this is a sport you really need to try. You don't have to be good -- though good comes in a rather short period of time. But to one day be great... most scullers will tell you they will never be great. It's okay because in the end, it's all about the journey and not the finale.
I kept this list short intentionally. There are many fine books on rowing and sculling out there. Some like Fairbain's are so hard to come by and expensive, you will never own then (nor do I). Some are great reads, but you can find the info in the books below. Some are more of a "sea adventure" than a rowing or sculling book. My list takes you into the heart of the sport and some of it's history.
Rowing does not evolve all that much that if never get past the first two books you will miss out on much.
"the treatise on hand positioning alone is worth twice the price! When are done, you'll know how it should feel to row...
BTW, there is a reason this book is #1 on my list -- and should be #1 on yours -- it is clean, concise, simple in concept yet overwhelming in knowledge. It's a book you should come back to time and again for inspiration when needed."
"If you look upon a wooden rowing shell with awe, and you love a little history of the sport and the builders of these awesome craft, this book is for you! Filled with photos and history of classic shells (mostly singles) and their builders, I find myself looking thru it time and again as the photos instill me with that beauty and grace only a wooden boat can."
"This is it -- the rowing machine of choice by rowers, scullers, clubs, teams -- you name it. They are incredible in their simplicity, and will work you as hard as you are willing to work. Resale on these machines is far above any others out there if you get lazy and give up.
There are lots of rowing machines, but there is one one true "erg" of choice. Why buy anything else?"