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Although Nelo is relatively new to the sport of Rowing, the company has been in the composite boat business for over 40 years.  Nelo has a state-of-the-art manufacturing factory in Portugal that creates beautiful boats designed to endure the test of time.

Nelo is the #1 brand in the Olympic Sport of Canoe Sprint, which shares a race course with Rowing at the Games.  In 2016, Nelo canoes and kayaks won 27 out of a possible 36 Olympic medals.  This proudly Portuguese company prides themselves on putting the athlete first; often taking feedback from world class athletes and implementing those ideas into their boat design.  Nelo boats are both innovative and built to stand the test of time.  Although the designs of the boats have changed over the years, Nelo boats are still on the water after 25+ years of use.

Nelo not only has experience making quality shorter single-person canoes and kayaks, but has decades of experience building big boats.  The Nelo K4 (33-foot-long 4-person kayak) won it’s first Olympic medal in 1996; that boat is still on the water today.   


Nelo Rowing USA is powered by Nelo USA West Coast, a small import business located in Costa Mesa, CA.  Founded by two Olympic Canoe Sprint athletes, Nelo USA West Coast has been importing Nelo boats to the Western United States since September 2016.  The company imports all boats made by Nelo, including rowing shells, canoes, kayaks, surfskis, outriggers, sea kayaks, kids kayaks and more. 

Our parent company, Nelo (EU), is based in Portugal.  All composite boats are made in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Portugal.

Nelo prides itself on the quality and durability of their boats, innovative approach to boat design and customer service with the athlete always in mind.

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Nelo’s patented Cinco Inverted bow technology has proven a winner in the kayak world, resulting in a faster hull shape.

With over 40 years of boat construction experience, Nelo Rowing shells are expertly constructed with a PVC layer sandwiched between two carbon fiber layers, producing a seamless, rigid hull, that meets FISA minimum weight standards.


All Nelo Rowing boats come with carbon wing riggers. Designed by Nelo, these lightweight riggers provide better rigidity, while being lightweight.

You can choose between C-Cup adjustable riggers (best for teams) or a Tool Adjusted Rigger (which some athletes prefer on their personal boats).

C Cup riggers
Project B Shoes


Project B stands for innovation, athletes, quality, experience and most importantly, passion. It is a winning philosophy as much as a brand. Brought to you by the collaborative expertise of BAT Logic (a 10 year innovator in rowing) and Bont Rowing (the new division of the renowned Bont Cycling), Project B was started because it is the strong belief of our 2 companies that rowers deserve more from their equipment. Bont Rowing’s team of technical experts, athletes and coaches are focused on bringing you the best equipment, based on 30 + Olympic medals, a staff collective of 4 decades of rowing experience and the most advanced technology available.

All Nelo Rowing shells come with Project B Shoes.