Fleet management

Boat Maintenance

Regular boat maintenance is required for an operational fleet and the membership plays an integral part in the upkeep of the boats that they use on a regular basis.

» Video overview of basic maintenance by Andrew Hashway

General Guidelines

  • Look for monthly maintenance individual and team assignments.

  • Launches will be washed and whitened once a year.

  • Fill out a boat maintenance form for each boat.


  1. Wash boats with Simple Green and water using soft sponges.

  2. Dry

  3. Use a thin coat of wax , buff until shiny.

  4. Do not use any WD-40 or other oil to clean the tracks.

  5. Do not use any abrasives or scrubbies on any part of the boats.

Once a year only, use boat whitener:

  1. Remove riggers

  2. Wash boat with simple green

  3. Dry

  4. Apply a thin coat of whitener, wait, rinse well

  5. Dry

  6. Apply a thin coat of wax, buff with a clean dry cloth until shiny

  7. Replace rigger ball covers and put away.


**Do not use whiteners on Resolutes or any non-white boats.**

Boat Reservations

Members may sign out a boat up to 3 days in advance. If it’s Monday morning, you can reserve a boat for Thursday morning, but NOT Friday. If you fail to use your recurring or other reservations, expect to lose your reservations or privilege to make them.

  • You may launch a reserved boat if no one shows up to row it 10 minutes after the start of the timeslot.

  • You MUST return to the dock after your time slot (even if no one reserved the boat for the next time slot), at least to check if someone is waiting to use the boat. Those who don't will lose their boating privileges.


time slots for reservations are:

5:30AM to 6:45AM
6:45AM to 8:00AM
8:00AM to 9:15PM
5:00PM to 6:15PM * 
6:15PM to 7:30PM *

Saturday and Sunday 
6:00AM to 8:00AM
8:00AM to 10:00AM

* July/August summer hours


Note: During the 6 weekly priority Sweep team practices (3 each for Men/Women), sweep teams have priority to use: 2 Eights, 2 coxed fours, 2 straight fours.

  • HPG has priority use of equipment at other times of the year

  • Pairs are always available for sign-up

Boat Damage

How to report equipment damage

(including wear & tear)

  1. If the boat is not rowable put a “NO ROW” sign on the boat. Laminated signs are found on the corkboard above the Rigger’s bench.

  2. Write a note in the rigger’s book on the workbench. Tell him what needs fixing – BE CLEAR – Leave you name and contact info.

  3. Do not put the boat in slings unless approved by the Captain.

  4. If it is regular maintenance and not an accident, fill out a Boat Damage Report. A damage report needs to be filled out if a boat is damaged by everyday use or by an accident. Submit and you are done.

  5. If you have had an accident with or without damage continue to Boat Incident page. This form is required for all incidents.

Incidents involving club equipment:

  • Incident with damage: follow equipment damage steps and fill out a Boat Incident Report.

  • Incident with no damage: fill out a Boat Incident Report and Submit.

Private boats involved in accidents:

You are not required, but encouraged to fill out an incident report, but please contact the RBC Captain with your side of the story.

Boat Requests & Rentals

(RBC members only)

Boat requests: Regatta

Attending a regatta with the club? Teams or individuals need to fill out the following form for equipment planning purposes.

Boat rental

This form is to be used for any boat rental by any team or group representing Riverside Boat Club. This includes boats rented for a fee or loaned, when transported on the Riverside Boat Club trailer or stored on RBC premises.

Where short term boat lending at races occurs, the boat must have insurance coverage. If boat owner insurance extends to such rentals, Riverside Boat Club insurance is not required. If the boat owner’s insurance does not extend as described above, Riverside Boat Club insurance must be used or a release of liability agreement with the boat owner must be agreed to.

Note: Request must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to start of rental.

Rack Applications

If you are interested in a 1x rack please submit the Rack Application. For criteria governing rack assignments by the Captain, visit Annual Award of Rack Privilege (also found in the Members Handbook). If you have questions concerning the waitlist please contact the Captain.

Annual mileage and volunteer requirements are the same for inside and outside racks. Failure to meet these annual requirements may result in the loss of your rack.

» Review the Rack Waiver Agreement

» Annual award of rack privileges

Blade Painting

The distinctive Riverside blades have blue and white stripes. The recommended color is Rustoleum Deep Blue. For instruction (including video) on how to properly prepare & paint your blades before striping them, please visit the Concept2 website. Their Blade Repair PDF includes a full list of necessary materials and steps beginning on page 11. Read below for instruction on painting RBC stripes on your blades.

  1. The stripes are achieved by using blue painters’ tape. Sweep oars should have 1.88″ stripes, and sculling blades should use 1.41″ stripes. In hardware stores, look for the blue painters’ tape in rolls that are labeled exactly as such.

    Be sure that you have properly prepared your blades per Concept 2’s instruction. This includes sanding the blades with 220-grit sandpaper, painting them white, and allowing them to fully dry before beginning to stripe them with the painters’ tape.

    Note: Even if you are striping brand new (i.e. already white) blades, it’s important to still sand and prime them, otherwise the blue paint will not stick to the oars.

  2. After your coat of white paint has dried, use your painters’ tape to create your stripes. Beginning at the outer edge of the blade (opposite the end that meets the shaft), place a strip of tape that runs along the edge of the blade. Flip the blade over and do the same to the other side. Stripes should be parallel to the end of the blade, rather than perpendicular to the shaft. The edge of the blade should always start with a blue stripe.

    If the blade has a vortex edge, you should still measure from the end of the blade (rather than from the vortex edge). In other words, the vortex edge should be included within the blue stripe. Important: Do not paint the vortex.

  3. Continue placing strips of tape side-by-side until the entire oar is covered. Strips of tape should be placed flush against each other to guarantee straight, even stripes.

    The bottom edge (edge away from shaft) of the blade should always start with a blue stripe, so once the oar is covered in tape, remove the strip on the end of the blade first first (to reveal the white), and then remove alternating strips of tape (revealing additional white stripes, so the blades are now alternating blue and white). Again, don’t paint the vortex edge of the blade, if you have one. Re-tape the vortex edge after removing the full strip of tape if necessary.

  4. Every stripe should be the same width. The final stripe (closest to the handle) may be blue or white, depending on the overall length of the blade. Also, the final stripe may be narrower than the others. But do not allow the final stripe to be noticeably wider than the others, or the paint job will look unfinished.

    Use several light coats of blue spraypaint to create the stripes, following the instructions given on your paint in regards to timing of the coats. Be sure to follow up with a coat of protective clear coat to preserve the stripes for as long as possible.