After last year’s dog debacle sidetracked us for a while, we finally got around to living the bourgeois life of no more tuition payments. This was our third season of rowing, and we expected to stick with it; so a lightly used double scull was our first purchase of something fun just for us. Much quicker and lighter-weight than the club boat we’d been using! And we love the twill pattern in the black carbon fiber, which looks almost like fish scales, as if the boat were a living creature.