Alden Horizon 17 rotomoldedgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Open-water rowing : One Thread
I'm interested in getting into rowing and live in an area where I've never seen a rowing scull on the water. I am a runner, a kayaker, reasonably fit, and use the concept 2 rower at the gym a few times a week. But I've never rowed a real boat. I have my eye on the Alden Horizon 17 because of its price and durability. But I know that it is often the case that the cheapest product in a category often turns out to be a bad purchase. But coming up with $2000 plus for a more expensive boat is not an option right now. Any Alden Horizon 17 owners out there who love their boat or regret buying it? Weight is also somewhat of a concern, when it comes to loading and unloading.
-- Robert Simonds (email@example.com), February 12, 2005
I agree with Kim -- I would buy a used shell in preference to the Horizon. I haven't heard of anyone who loves their Horizon. While they are bullet proof, they don't offer much by way of a high-quality rowing experience. Hopefully my posting that comment will elicit a storm of responses from people who love their Horizon and we'll all learn something.
-- Doug Kidder (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 14, 2005.
I'm not sure whether it's an intelligent, informed opinion or an ill- founded predjudice, but I'd prefer an old, used fiberglass shell over a new, roto-molded plastic boat like the Horizon any time. I rowed the Horizon once and it didn't change my mind. That said, rowing a Horizon is better than not rowing.
-- Kim Apel (email@example.com), February 14, 2005.