The Mr. Captain Rowing Machine is a water resistance rower with a Vintage Oak wooden frame that is a very sturdy, durable, modern, and functional rower with an ergonomic design. Mr. Captain Rowing Machine weighs 58.5 pounds, has a 320-pound user weight capacity, and measures 82 L x 22 W x 20 H inches.
It has a flywheel inside the water tank to offer you a quiet and smooth workout with plenty of resistance and the sound of water that will give you the feeling of rowing outdoors on the water. The oak construction absorbs the potential vibrations and sounds, while the rower remains firm during a workout.
There are three modes available on this machine; “Manual, Interval Custom, and Target”. These let you manage your time and achieve your goals faster. The Bluetooth compatible console tracks time, strokes per minute, total strokes, calories burned, distance, and pulse. However, for a pulse reading, you’ll require an HR chest strap, which sells separately.
Make the most out of your workout as it comes with an ergonomic seat, active recoil system, and height-adjustable footplates with straps. After working out on this rower, you can easily store it vertically in one corner of the house, thanks to its transport wheels at the base. The water can remain in the tank while stored vertically.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Mr. Captain Rowing Machine
Warranty: Frame 1 year / components 180 days
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 82L x 22W x 20H inches (208L x 56W x 51H cm)
- Assembled weight: 58.5 lbs (26.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 320 lbs (145 kg)
- Frame: Solid oak wood, vintage finish
- Footrests: Size-adjustable, with straps
- Resistance type: Water
- Fitness console: 3 workout modes, Bluetooth
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / components 180 days
Mr. Captain Frame construction
The Mr. Captain Vintage Oak rower features a dual-rail frame made of solid oak wood, oiled and waxed, with a vintage finish. It has a pretty durable construction, similar at least to the light-commercial models, and has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 320 lbs (145 kg).
It’s essential to mention that the rail covers on which the seat slides are made of durable aluminum alloy while other similar models have plastic covers that can crack or wear out over time. They have a golden finish to fit better to the overall colors of the machine and the “Mr. Captain” logo on the side, which is also golden.
The fully assembled machine is relatively large. It is approx 82″ (208 cm) long, and 22″ (56 cm) wide. Therefore, it can accommodate users up to 6’5 ″ with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension and range of motion.
The rower is not foldable but can be stored vertically. When stored in a vertical position, its footprint becomes 22″D x 20″W x 82″H (56 x 51 x 208 cm). The water can remain inside the tank when the machine is stored vertically.
The fully assembled machine is not extremely heavy. Its net weight (without water inside the tank) is 58.5 lbs. The tank has a capacity of approx. 4.5 – 5 gal (17 – 19 liters). So, the full weight of the machine can reach up to approx—100 lbs (45 kg).
Nonetheless, once assembled, it is easy to relocate. Its front base features a set of large, silicone wheels which facilitate its relocation. Also, the rower rests on four large rubberized stabilizers.
Mr. Captain Seat
Mr. Captain Vintage Oak rower comes equipped with an ergonomic seat. Its top integrates a layer of foam cushioning, and it is contoured to provide better positioning for the user. Its cover is durable faux leather, which is also sweatproof.
The base of the seat is the same oak wood as the rest of the frame. It is durable enough to support users up to 320 lbs (145 kg).
It comes equipped with eight wheels; four of them slide on top of the rails, the others on their inner sides for extra stability. The wheels integrate sealed ball bearings for a smooth seat motion. Also, their outer layer dampens the noise.
Last but not least, the seat is a bit lower than some other rowers. Its top stands at approx. 12″ (31 cm) above floor level. Also, since the rail system is horizontal, the movement of the seat is constant throughout the whole rowing motion.
Footrests and pulling handle
The Mr. Captain Vintage Oak water resistance rower comes equipped with a set of large, metallic footrests. They are also adjustable. Thus, they can accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. They’re also equipped with adjustable straps and heel guards for improved foot stability.
The angle of the footrests is not adjustable, though. The board they’re attached to is set at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. Therefore, they provide optimal positioning for your feet.
Last but not least, the machine’s pulling handle consists of a short bar with ergonomic grips. It does not integrate pulse sensors as it is the case for some other, more expensive machines. It is attached to a heavy-duty nylon strap, which is highly resistant to abrasion.
The fact that the machine uses a strap and not a chain as its main element of the drive system can be quite a plus. That’s because the usage of the machine is quieter, smoother, and the strap does not require lubrication.
Mr. Captain Resistance system
Mr. Captain Vintage Oak rower comes equipped with a water resistance system. It integrates a heavy-duty water tank made of polycarbonate material. Its exact capacity is not specified, but it is probably similar to the tanks of other models and should be between 4.5-5 gal (17-19 liters).
The main resistance-generating element is a multi-blade impeller that spins in the water inside the tank as you pull the handle. The drive system also integrates a metallic spring, which recuperates the strap during the recovery motion. The tank doesn’t have an extra chamber or a knob for water level adjustment. Therefore, if you want to adjust the resistance, you have to add or remove some of the water.
Similar to other water resistance rowers or air resistance rowers, the Mr. Captain Vintage Oak model delivers a dynamic response. This means that the rowing sensation is quite similar to rowing a real boat through the water.
In other words, the resistance generated by the machine depends on how hard you pull the handle. For example, if you pull harder, the impeller will spin faster in the water inside the tank and generate more resistance. Conversely, if you don’t put as much strength behind each pull, you will benefit from a lower resistance.
In terms of noise generated during usage, this rower is pretty quiet. The spinning of the impeller inside the water tank does create some sound, but the level is low.
The Mr. Captain Vintage Oak rowing machine includes a reasonably decent fitness console. To begin with, it features an LCD divided into multiple sub-sections, which tracks time, strokes per minute, total strokes, calories burned, distance, and pulse.
For the pulse reading function, you will need a wireless HR chest strap as the machine doesn’t have any contact sensors.
The fitness console has three workout modes. These are Manual, Interval Custom, and Target. The Manual mode allows you to just row, and the monitor will indicate your spm, strokes, the time elapsed, etc. The Interval Mode gives you the possibility to create a custom workout interval with rest/work periods.
And finally, the Target mode gives you the option to select targets for various metrics, such as time, strokes, calories, etc. When a target is selected, the unit will countdown from it until it reaches zero, indicating when you have completed your set up goal.
The console also has Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with the FitShow app for iOS and Android. This app offers the possibility to track your progress online and makes available several other features as well.
The console is battery-powered. It starts up when you begin rowing. It also automatically enters idle mode to save battery if it does not detect any activity on the machine for several minutes.
In terms of other accessories, there are quite a few included with this machine. The most notable ones are the cover, the phone holder, and the electric water pump.
The cover is dust and moisture-proof; even though the machine is for indoor use only, this can still be useful if it’s going to be out of use for a while.
The phone holder consists of a small shelf integrated at the bottom of the console. Therefore, if you sync the console with your smartphone via Bluetooth, you can place your phone right on the console to use the app’s interface.
The pump is battery-powered and is rechargeable via USB cable. It’s quite a neat accessory for adding or removing water from the tank in case you want to increase or decrease the rowing resistance.
Mr. Captain Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s resistance tank comes pre-assembled and already attached to the front section of the frame. You only need to connect the rails and the seat. This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The manual provides all the necessary instructions, and all the tools come included with the rower.
For maintenance, the water inside the tank requires treatment with a chlorine pill. It’s best to use rower chlorine pills, not pool chlorine tablets. Other than this, you only have to keep the unit clean, especially the rails, to prevent any damage to the seat wheels.
- Durable construction – can support users up to 320 lbs;
- Aesthetic frame, made of solid oak with a vintage finish;
- Can be stored vertically to save space;
- Easy to handle and transport;
- Rubberized stabilizers for extra floor protection;
- Water-resistance system, providing the most natural rowing feel that you can get;
- Ergonomic seat with a cushioned top for extra comfort;
- Adjustable footrests;
- The fitness console comes included;
- Three workout modes on the fitness console (manual, target, and interval);
- Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the FitShow App (for iOS and Android);
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- All the necessary tools included;
- Electric (rechargeable) water pump included;
- Waterproof and dustproof cover included;
- Phone holder integrated into the console;
- Little maintenance required;
- Easy to assemble.
- No backlight on the LCD;
- The HR chest strap for pulse reading does not come included.
Mr. Captain Rowing Machine Summary
Mr. Captain Vintage Oak is a water resistance rower featuring a durable frame with great aesthetics, superior ergonomics, aluminum rail covers, a large water tank, and a fitness console with three workout modes and Bluetooth connectivity. An electric water pump and a cover come included with the machine. It’s a great trainer for a full-body cardio workout, interval training, muscle toning, and weight loss. It’s also considerably more affordable than other similar machines.
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