While the summer is often a quieter time around the boat building shops, it’s been a busy few months here at Pocock. We’re excited to announce a new racing shell to our boat catalog: the Core V8.
In 1998, the Hypercarbon V8 debuted as the first winged sweep boat, and was immediately successful because it featured a fast, comfortable hull shape, and gained exponential stiffness thanks to the wing riggers. It’s been reserved for top level crews who were meticulous about equipment. But many of our customers appreciate the purpose-driven construction of our Standard Line boats, and for years have been asking us to make a V8 for them.
Cue: the Core V8.
It’s the same hull shape and size of the Hypercarbon V8, but is made with materials that are a little more durable. We’ve already built a handful of the Core V8′s, and think that they’ll be great additions to our customers’ fleets. It’s perfect for club programs, novices, or work boats for the fall. The best part? It’s under $30,000.
Here are a few details about the new Core V8: features T-6 aluminum extrusion wing riggers, Pocock rowing shoes, and improved Pocock Racing Shells plastic seats. Available sizes are small, medium, and large, and the Core V8 weighs less than 10% more than the Hypercarbon V8.
- Price: $29,900
Unlike many other boat builders’ least expensive models, we don’t just use less expensive materials. Our constructions are each purpose-driven, meaning we find the best materials for the intended use, and design a boat to do exactly what we’ve promised. We whole-heartedly believe that this new Core construction will become the core of many fleets. It’s durable, hard-wearing, and stiff, but it’s not one of those beater boats that rowers loathe carrying down to the dock.
Some more fun news to report – we also are getting ready to unveil a third V8 model. You may have seen rogue pictures of the clear-coat carbon pan V8′s that we had in development last summer. We’re incorporating some of the new technology we’ve developed while working on another new boat in the works (yep, the one you’ve all been hearing about for a while now…), and are eager to pass the improvements onto our existing catalog of boats. Look for an official announcement about the Hypercarbon V8′s new big brother later this fall…