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Evolution of the WING RIGGER


									                                             SHELLS FOR ROWING

                                                 5302 Clifton Road
                                               Jacksonville, FL 32211
                                                 September 3, 1986

John H. Fish III
1819 Crestwood Drive,
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Dear Mr. Fish,

I am very pleased that the WING-IT single racing shell has been selected as a candidate for replacement of
Lookout Rowing Clubs' fleet of training singles.... particularly because Lookout RC has been rowing a
WING-IT, (formerly LaGrande) for one year.

Response to your specific questions follows:

1.   Please refer to the attached WING-IT line sketch with numbered features described on accompanying

2.   Deck: Two fiberglass layers separated by syntactic foam core. Since stiffness is in proportion to the cube of
     the thickness, a little syntactic foam goes a long way. Syntactic foam is a resin bulked with micro spheres
     at no weight increase. The deck crown is supported by a keelson, a vertical member between keel and deck,
     running almost the entire length of the shell. This plus deck lay-up results in a relatively stiff deck capable
     of supporting a rower astride the stern deck.

3.   The person who hasn't flipped hasn't rowed a single racing shell. The WING-IT design consideration
     included flipping and climbing back in with no resulting damage to the shell nor the rower. The rolled sax
     or splashboard edge has a 3/8” radius in a semi-circular configuration and the decks an even larger radius.
     Therefore a smooth, “soft", easy slide back into the shell for a wet
     rower. The double-walled sax or splashboard gives stiffness and
     strength. The firm decks are puncture-proof by any elbows, knees
     or heels that may "attack" when a sculler is entering from the water.

4.   Rigger adjustments: It is obvious that a wing replaces the conventional tubular metal riggers. Once set, the wing
     does not slip. Height of work set by 1/8” thick, 1 1/4" diameter rubber washers placed between stern deck and
     wing underside at four bolts securing wing to gunwales. See numbers 19, 20, and 21 on attached sheet. It is
     important to know that the hull waterline changes only one centimeter or 0.4 inch with a 35# change in rower
     weight. Therefore, if the height of the work is set for a 160# rower, then a 125# rower or a 195# rower would
     only effect the freeboard/waterline one cm more or less, respectively, and this difference is not significant for
     most club scullers. Rowing power load stays within the wing.

5.   Shell was designed for novice and intermediate scullers, i.e. rough use/handling during learning...WING-IT is
     tough! However, keep in mind that hull design is "elite” at 26’ 6” waterline with beam max 11 3/4”. Remember
     the three major characteristics of a fast hull are:

     A.    Hull is smooth (no waviness or ripples) due to excellent fairing of plug and resulting mold. Called "eye
     B.    Hull is stiff... deck/hull firmness and interior structure.
     C.    Hull was designed to eliminate porpoising/hobby horsing.
5.     (Cont’d)
     The double hull in the bucket section (see sketch) adds extra strength/stiffness. Inner hull protects outer
     hull from foot or stretcher damage.

     Yes, the WING-IT, is suitable and designed for scullers at any level... novice, intermediate, and elite; e.g.
     the WING-IT elite hull measures 49 cm on hull, gunwale to gunwale (see sketch) at max beam (usually
     about 11-12’ from bow) as compared to 47 cm for a Van Dusen, and 52 cm for a Kaschper. WING-IT is
     longer than either of these and most if not all other singles.

6.   Shells ordered 10/1/86 would be ready during last half November.

     Pricing: The base WING-IT price is $1495 f.o.b. factory... An individual purchasing a shell pays this base.

     A USRA registered rowing organization (club or educational institutional organization) and established
     rowing camps, each receive a discount on the base WING-IT price as follows:

     10% discount on an order for one shell.
      1% discount additional for each additional shell in a multi-shell order, to a maximum of 15% discount.
        Note: discounted prices are rounded to nearest dollar.

     e.g., on a four or six shell order, f.o.b. factory...

     1st WING-IT less 10% = $ 1346
     2nd                                      11%    =   1331
     3rd                                      12%    =   1316
     4th                                      13%    =   1301
     5th                                      14%    =   1286
     6th                                      15%    =   1271
     7th                                      15%    =   1271

     An order is considered firm with 50% down, balance at pickup or before shells leave factory.

     Delivery to Chattanooga with road expenses and pay for a driver will run about $300, shells racked on a
     vehicle or trailer. I recommend that you look for individuals on business trips to northeastern FL who
     could pick up at least two shells, car-top racked as shown on the last page of the WING-IT Manual,
     enclosed. Or consider sending one car (long roof sedan or wagon best), each on two separate weekends,
     from Chattanooga.

     John, it's great to have this opportunity. If you have any questions let me hear. I am at 203/536-9153, 99
     Noble Ave, Noank, CT 06340 until about Oct 1 ... then back to Jacksonville, Fl. My phone there is
     904/725-7573. I'll be expecting to hear about formal bid specifies for University of Tennessee.

                                                                       Best regards
                                                                       Robert A. Negaard

     Encl.        Line drawing with numbered features
                  Explanation sheet with numbered features
                  Testimonials on WING-IT performance
                  WING-IT Manual for owners (an extra for you)
WING-IT a sleek, rugged, stiff, wing-rigged, composite, single racing shell with an elite racing hull.
Over All Length 26’11"; waterline beam 11-3/4"; weight ready to row approximately 36#. The attached
line drawing of the WING-IT with numbered features defined below should answer your questions.

1   Cockpit is five feet overall.

2   Seat deck: 10" wide x 31" long plus 3”' extension through pin.

3   Seat wheels 1 1/4" diameter urethane are smooth & silent. Ball bearings. No tracks to jab calves; no
    "grease marks"!

4   Abrasion resistant 3M tape on deck where wheels roll. Gradual flair of saxboard keeps wheels
    laterally positioned on deck.

5   Composite seat with wood table. Seat floats! Seat retained by shock cord when carrying or storing

6   Bucket (where feet reside) accommodates stretchers.... also pickup bar (grip). Double hull here for
    strength and stiffness.

7   Incline for self-bailing when needed.

8   Shoes (clogs) with velcro close "leathers", and tubular stretcher bar with non-slip fit to adjust strips
    ... finger tighten does-it! Nylon heal cup. Stretcher adjustment and seat deck length accommodate
    rowers 5’-4" to 6’-8"!

9   Saxboards (combing) around cockpit and bow V-splash. Saxboards double-walled.

10 Rolled top edge (3/4" dia.) is smooth, "soft", and tough.... makes sliding back into shell easy when
   you flip. Pick up floating seat first!

11 Shell balance point 6" boward of pin or stern end seat deck. Pick up shell using bar (Item 6 on
   diagram) and/or gripping rolled top-of-saxboard joint.

12 Hull from expertly-faired mold: very good longitudinal stiffness; does not porpoise. Three critical
   features of a fast hull! Waterline change 1 cm/35#. Internal stiffening structure and internal foam

13 Lexan fin, slot mounted with silicone adhesive... Easy replacement.

14 Deck, like hull, is firm and puncture proof (normal wear & tear).

15 Bow clip for lane or organization number ID.

16 Stern drain bung. Internal hull structure is immune to water/moisture.

17 Wing rigger is carbon-reinforced fiberglass with extra strength at bolt holes.
18 Only four bolts attach wing to stern deck gunwales. . Quick, easy off/on!

19 Rubber disc shims 1/8" thick between wing & deck set desired oarlock sill height (height of work)
   and cushion glass to glass contact.

20 Span adjustment range 156cm (61-5/16”) to 162cm (63-11/16") with center holes at 159cm (62-
   1/2") span.

21 Pitch adjustable oarlocks.

22 WING-IT Manual addresses all features, adjustments and transport.

                                                   Robert A Negaard
                                                   Designer /Manufacture
                                                   Shells For Rowing            rev 10/86

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