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Mould 229

Mould 229

Suggested weight range



Boat Overall Length



Beam At Waterline


The M229 double is an uncompromising hull for light crews and is a tribute to minimum drag. It has Jeff Sykes trademark semi-circular cross-section of the hull, but also very fine proportions. While it is the most narrow hull at the waterline of all hulls on the market, the seating area is open enough to suit the hips of most rowers. While designed for 132lb rowers, crews up to 155lbs have had remarkable success in this hull. This mould has twice won the World Championships in the LW2X category.

For further information on this mould or Sykes' other boats, please contact us.

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Narrow Hull

The M229 is notably more narrow than our other doubles. This gives the hull a remarkably low amount of wave generation. Still, the use of a wide flare at the saxboards allows most hips to fit within the hull and get through the work, unlike most LW2x with side-bolting riggers. Sykes does not recommend rowing M29 as a pair.

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Spectra Steering System

Spectra is a Kevlar-based product that is corrosion-proof and easy to use. Compared to the stainless steel wiring mechanism, the spectra system is lighter, more durable, corrosion proof and it does not stretch. A great innovation by Sykes.

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Dual Locking Backarm

The new sliding adjustable type back arms have a dual locking system. The 6mm bolt locks the backarm in place via an internal nut. The large ribbed plastic locknut is then tightened against the end of the back arm tube. This gives secondary support and ensures the force is well supported. The adjustment range is 70mm which easily allows for span changes on the rigger.

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Pin Block Measuring Tapes

All Sykes boats come with span/spread measuring tapes applied on the pin block below each oarlock pin.

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Waterbottle Holder

In the stern-end bulkhead under each seat deck a, is a standard bicycle-sized water bottle holder. Whilst fitted as a standard feature, they add approx. 220grm to the total weight of the hull.

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