What are the different boats called?

April 3, 2023

The nomenclature of boats are determined by the number of seats and the type of rigging in the boat.

"Sweeping" boats have one oar per rower and are called by a numerical value. For example, an 8-seated sweeping boat is called an "eight".
sweeping boats can be called an "eight", a "four", and a "pair".

"Sculling" boats have two oars per rower and are called "quads", "doubles", or a "single". Generally,  sculling boats of 8 seats or "octuples" are not commonly used.