It’s not all about wood. I do in fact row on carbon fiber shells, my favorite being a 1998 Hudson 2x/2-, MARJORIE HUGHES COSTELLO.
I purchased this shell in 2004 from UDub. It was well-used and in excellent condition. I raced in it for years with my late double partner, Stu Brown.
It’s a dandy boat. Everyone who rows it loves it. I keep it like new. I was disappointed recently to discover damage done to the stern, apparently by someone using a weed eater. (Boat was racked near a little hillock of grass.)
Here is the MARGE in its cover at Starbucks in Eugene en route to Vancouver, WA for repair.