Learning the ancient skill of sculling

What is sculling? Here is a description, http://www.woodenboat.net.nz/Stories/Sculling/scullthree.html .

Terry showing me how to do it.

Terry showing me how to do it.

Why are we interested in sculling..? I think it is should be a very reliable means of propulsion that is most easy to achieve. I am hoping to be able to scull Eleanor.. in case there is no wind and the outboard is not working or low fuel… Besides, it should be good exercise and fun… overall a good skill to have for boaters.

Practising my sculling motion by the pontoon

Practising my sculling motion by the pontoon

After many failed attempts 3 years ago, we were resigned and think that 1 day we might learn it from a master in China. .. .. but hey, who wld’ve thot, Terry on S/V Sihai knows all about sculling!

My 1st baby steps in sculling.

My 1st baby steps in sculling.

Before the days of engines, human kind were already fishing and exploring the world. Mayflower was not motorized and it still brought Columbus to America. As Terry tells me, the old English fisherman sculls their boats from shore out to sea, then raise sails. Sculling was a everyday thing in those days.

Look at my baby sculling wakes.

Look at my baby sculling wakes.

It is sad that a great skill is lost and people now depended too much on engines. Sculling is like an art, that most people dont see the beauty in them, prefering the convenience of the engine instead.

Nice quiet sculling morning...

Nice quiet sculling morning...

30 mins out, I think I am getting the hang of it. Its simple, quiet and nice.. very enjoyable exercise. Its so great to see a little energy translate into propulsion and moving along.. Is that why people do sports..?

I certainly enjoyed my morning sculling.. and taking in all that heritage. 🙂


4 Responses to “Learning the ancient skill of sculling”

  1. October 20, 2009 at 5:53 am


    There is now a little device witch can be very intuitive to learn sculling and helps a lot your muscles if you want to scull a boat, its name is the “ScullMatix” and you can find it if you want to buy one or you can simply understand how to build your own :

    Best Regards,
    Guy (the inventor of the ScullMatix 😉

  2. 2 funvinyldecals
    October 28, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Hey Guy. Thanks alot for the link. Its a great link with videos showing how it works. I will be making a gadget that will be more suitable for my use. Hope to share it with the world soon.. now in the R&D and prototyping phase.. Maybe we can exchange notes on that later. Cheers!

  3. October 28, 2009 at 7:06 am


    You’re welcome Dear !

    BTW : on the home page of the English speaking forum you can watch a photo which shows quick a bit more how it can be simply made :


  4. 4 Douglas
    October 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Lah ,,,, I had a hard time finding this page ,,,, would you be able to make the “Tabs” stand out more ?

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