History Of Fuller's Rowing Shell
1970 Patent drawing showing possible use as both rowing shell and sailboat (not realized) with aluminum hulls and framework. Fuller rowing one of the first two aluminum hull prototypes.

In 1970, Buckminster Fuller Designed And Patented A Two-Hull Rowing Shell. For Many Years Fuller, An Avid Oarsman, Rowing A Single Shell Recognized The Risks Of Rowing A Traditionally Designed "Single" In Strong Waves And Wakes. He Decided To Design An Extremely Stable Craft That Could Not Be Rolled Over, Even In High Waves And Wakes.

During His Lifetime, Only Four Examples Of His Patent Were Fabricated. The First Two Examples Had Round Aluminum Hulls. Determining That V-Shaped Hulls Would Be More Efficient, The Final Two Prototype Examples Were Made With Fiberglass Hulls. This Also Further Reduced The Weight, A Primary Objective In Every Fuller Designed Structure.

The Estate Of Buckminster Fuller Has Authorized The Fabrication Of A Limited Edition Of The Final Fiberglass Hull Prototype Version Of His Dymaxion Rowing Shell. The Edition Will Be Limited To Only 100 Examples, Each One Numbered, Bearing An Engraved Signature Plate. Each Example Will Also Be Accompanied By A Certificate Of Authenticity From The Estate Of Buckminster Fuller.

Carl Solway, President Of Carl Solway Gallery, The Producer And Exclusive Distributor Of This Limited Edition Functional Artwork, Met Fuller In 1972. From 1972 To 1983 (When Fuller Died) The Solway Gallery Produced Numerous Signed, Limited Edition Fuller Artworks, Under The Supervision Of Fuller. The Solway Gallery Has Been An Internationally Recognized Dealer In 20th Century Art For 37 Years, And An Elected Member Of The Art Dealers Association Of America Since 1968.