An unusual oar/rowing system. : LUSENET : Open-water rowing : One Thread

I apologize if this isn't the appropriate forum for this question. I'm looking for information on an "backwards" rowing system. I saw them in the movie "US Marshals", Wesley Snipes used them in a boat he stole to go through a swamp. The oar system was in the shape of a "Z" and it allows the operator to face the direction he is going while still "pulling" the oars. Do you know of this rowing system? If you do, please pass on any information you can. Thank you.

-- Michael Jarcho (, March 13, 2002



-- Ernie DeRushie (, March 18, 2002.

The one in the movie is still being made near Reelfoot Lake,TN. One of the locations in the movie. It's made of cast iron just like the originals. A guy in Gig Harbour, Washington redesigned it a little and made it of silicon bronse. It works pretty good and you can see where your going. His web site is If you want the address for the original let me know and I'll dig it up. Mark

-- Mark Atkinson (, April 25, 2002.

Go to EZ-ROW.COM jerry

-- jerry sicard (gtsicard@comcast .com), February 05, 2005.

The unusual boat seen in the movie U.S. Marshalls is called a reelfoot boat. They are still made by the Calhoun Boat Co. in Tiptonville, TN.

-- Larry Hickerson (, February 20, 2005.

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