This handbook is designed to help you maintain your boat properly and thereby ensure you get a great deal of pleasure from it. By following the advice in this handbook we are sure you will enjoy your boat for many years to come.

Before you use your boat we suggest you read this handbook carefully and in so doing take advantage of our 30 years of  experience in both the building and maintenance of fine, performance rowing and sculling craft.

If this is your first Filippi rowing boat please make sure you have read and understood the handbook prior to taking to the water; please feel free to call ourselves or our local agents to explain any part of this manual, we will be only to pleased to answer any enquiries you might have and give you all the information you need to maintain your boat properly.

General Information

FILIPPI LIDO SRL carries information on all the Filippi Boats made in the pass 20 years this includes

  • Type of Boat: Whether the boat is of an Italia S or Italia 2 construction.
  • Mould: The shape of the boat (this is usually prefixed by 'F')
  • Serial No.: Each boat has an original serial no.
  • Category: The rigging type and configuration of the boat
  • Year of Manufacture: The year in which the hull was laid

NB Much of this information can be found on the boat's data plate attached within the cockpit of the boat, for further information please contact your local dealer.

Boat Work

Warnings: In order to help you and draw your attention to the most critical aspects of the handbook we use the following symbol:

This symbol advises you which parts of the text are particularly important and help ensure you avoid risk to yourself, the boat and other people. We would ask you pay special attention to any areas with this symbol beside it.

Sectioning the Boat

If requested at the time of order, all Filippi boats can be made with sectional joints, when the boat is sectioned  make sure the contact surfaces are lightly greased with either Vaseline or lithium marine grease.

Before joining the boat please make sure the contact surfaces are free of grit and dirt, check the two sections are aligned correctly and, once together, make sure the bolts are tight (please DON'T over tighten them - see the next paragraph entitled 'Assembling the boat').

Clearly the two sections cannot be used independently of each other.

Assembling the Boat

In order to assemble the two halves of the boat correctly first slide the sections together ensuring the bolts on one section align with the holes on the other. This is best done by resting the two parts of the boat the right way up on trestles with a crew member holding each end and a third person guiding the alignment; once aligned gently press the sections together; screw the upper bolts first but do not tighten them. Next screw and tighten the lower bolts, finally tighten the upper bolts, if any grease has been pressed out of the joint onto the hull please gently wipe it off.

Permissible Crew Weights

Each boat is designed and built for a particular crew weight; this weight is shown on the Data Plate (see the section entitled 'General Information'). Excessive deviations from this weight will have significant effects on the stability and performance of the craft since it will prevent the correct amount of water from being displaced and consequently lead to reduced performance; a simple check of the waterline by a qualified coach with the crew in the boat should show if the crew is 'under' or 'over' boated.

Loading the Boat for Transportation

Most breakages occur to a boat while it is being transported and great care must be taken in loading and unloading. The boat should be de rigged for travel and supported at regular points (at least every 2.5 metres); it must be loaded as such to ensure there is no free movement between itself and the supports. Please ensure contact between the boat and the supports is at the boat's strong points, e.g. at the shoulders or, with the necessary cradle, on the canvas.

The boat must be secured on the supports by web ties rather than rope, in addition it is recommended that a wider flat belt is placed between the ties and the hull of the boat to ensure the pressure exerted by the tie is spread over a larger area of the hull.

Please note different countries and different insurance companies have different rules as to the methods and manner in which a boat may be transported - please check carefully with the necessary authorities prior to travelling (bear in mind you may travel through different countries with different regulations).

Boat Identification

The boat's data plate is attached to the bow bulkhead; in addition the boat's unique number has been stamped on the keel within the stern canvas of the boat, to view this simply remove the stern hatch cover. In those boats with sectional joints the number is stamped in both the bow and stern canvases, once again these can be viewed by removing the hatch covers.

Disposal of the Boat

Hopefully after many year's pleasurable use you will eventually decide to replace your boat. FILIPPI is available to help you to do this, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help; should you wish to exchange or sell your boat through us our policy is generally to work on a case by case basis dependent on the boat in question, the customer is usually obliged to pay any carriage costs incurred.

Suggestions for the Correct Maintenance


At the end of a training session the boat should be washed in order to remove every trace of dirt, grease and oil from the hull; we have found that this is best undertaken with a soft cloth soaked in a mixture of water and a neutral soap. The use of abrasive paste is strongly discouraged; if the use of such a product is necessary please check first with the local Filippi Agent (W W Marine in the UK) to establish what damage maybe done to the boat's hull.

Regular cleaning of your boat after each training session avoids the need for more radical treatment to the hull's gel coat at a later date.

After cleaning please ensure the boat's external and internal hull is thoroughly rinsed, it is also recommended that the hatches to the stern and bow canvases are left open to allow any water to evaporate - clearly remember to close them again before use!

Minor Repairs

Where the boat has suffered a small scratch or graze you can make the small repair yourself; what you use to do this depends on the type of construction used for your boat.

The following products should be used:

For Competition Boats: use bi-component epoxy fillers

For Training Boats: use polyester resin

In both cases let the filler or resin dry for at least 24 hours. To prepare the surface for painting rub it gently with a thin abrasive emery paper soaked in water (1000 - 1400 is recommended).

Once smooth the surface is ready for painting, we recommend you use a spray paint rather than one applied by brush. Before painting carefully read the instructions on the label which should tell you the recommended distance between the painting surface and the can; do make sure you have pointed the nozzle in the right direction before spraying.

For repairs, however small, make sure you are wearing the proper clothes; if your skin comes into contact with some resin or spray paint wash the effected area  with a neutral soap and water, if necessary seek medical advice.

Always follow the safety instructions on the label.

Larger Repairs Or Servicing

If you do sustain damage to your boat which is beyond a small scratch or you want a professional re spray or you wish to replace any fittings please speak to your local Filippi agent or directly to Filippi.

Laying Up Your Boat

If you need to 'lay up' your boat please make sure it is lying upside down on suitably shaped supports, with no more than 2.5 metre between supports (remember the section on 'Transportation').

Never leave the boat near heat sources or solvents which could damage it, in additional make sure it is not stored under heavy / full shelves which could fall and damage the hull.

Never cover the boat with any kind of plastic sheet and / or dirty rags especially if they are soaked in oil or grease, instead use clean and dry industrial sheets or clean and dry cloth (this will not apply in very hot conditions where nothing should be left directly touching the hull, please see 'Suggestions for Use' later).

If possible leave the hatches open.

The Hull Coating of your Boat

If you need to re spray your boat please speak to your local Filippi agent who will recommend an appropriate professional. The coatings vary on the type of construction of your boat:

For Competition boats: use polyurethane bi-component coat
For Training boats: use the normal Gel-Coat

Alternative speak to Filippi directly.

Maintenance of the Riggers and Gates

It is necessary to periodically maintain your boat's riggers and gates. For boats which are used in fresh water maintenance should be carried out every 3 months, for those used in salt water maintenance should be monthly.

First of all take the riggers off the boat, clean them thoroughly with paper or cloth paying particular attention to the rigger pin, rigger holes and the bolts on the boat. If necessary scrap off deep seated dirty, salt and limescale.

Lubricate the parts with Vaseline or lithium marine grease.

Replace the riggers (making sure you have the right one on the right position -  remember the boat's unique number and position number is stamped on the rigger and this should correspond to the label at each seat). If the seat is missing a number mark the riggers before they are taken off.

Maintenance of the Seats

Remember the seat must always operate smoothly and be attached to the slide, this helps avoid injury to the Athlete.

When necessary take the seats off the slides, clean and lubricate the slides and the wheels and check their condition - over time both can wear unevenly.

To ensure they run smoothly it is possible to use a small quantity of mineral oil - if any is spilt on the hull wipe it away immediately.

Should you wish to change either the seat cover, wheels or slides please speak to your local Filippi agent or directly to Filippi.

Finally put the seat back on to the slides making sure it moves freely and smoothly within the slide beds.

Spare Parts

The Filippi undertakes to supply, for at least five years, all the spare parts for the boat which might suffer from normal wear and tear. For prices and other details please speak to your local Filippi agent or directly to Filippi.

Suggestions For Every Day Use


We suggest the best method for manually carrying the boat is at the shoulder position, clearly ensure every one carrying the boat is suitably trained. Damage to people or the boat can occur even if the boat falls a few centimetres.


For safely transporting the boat ensure it is tightly anchored with suitable ties and brackets (see the section on 'Loading the Boat for Transportation'). Any overhanging parts must be correctly highlighted to other road users as per the rule of the road.


During transportation it is always better to remove the riggers.


Never go out on the water if the weather conditions are poor and are likely to jeopardise the safety of the crew or others. In particular do not use the boat in very windy and wavy conditions where the stresses on the hull by the waves could lead to damage. Obviously the best conditions for training and racing are calm conditions.


Check to ensure you understand the navigation rules in operation for the area in which you are rowing. In certain cases it is not as straight forward as the maritime port to port rule.


It is best not to use your boat in the dark, try to ensure you go out during day light hours when there is good visibility. If you do go out at night ensure you have the necessary lights, and stay in the right place as per the rule of the river.


Any athlete who uses a rowing boat should be able to swim.


If training away from your club ensure you have a first aid kit.


When rowing avoid passing through narrow passages or getting to close to other boat traffic.


We recommend that while rowing a coach is available to develop the crew, in the long run this will help avoid crabs and other upsets which could potentially injury athletes and damage the boat.


During rowing be very aware of other traffic passing by - do not cut across their path. This is particularly relevant to coxless boats.


Do not let the boat get close to any strong streams, weirs, jetties or whirlpools, this will avoid stressing the boat and potential injury to the athletes.


When training in hot conditions athletes are advised to dress correctly to avoid sunburn and sun stroke and drink plenty of liquid to avoid dehydration. In such conditions seek advice from your coach or a doctor.


When 'laying up' your boat in hot and sunny places ensure the boat is supported by at least three trestles shaped to the contours of the hull; ensure the boat is out of direct sun light, do not place any cover directly on to the hull.

Remember that :

Your boat is great way to help you get fit and enjoy rowing and racing, always train safely by following the suggestions above.

If this is the first time you have used a rowing boat or you have just changed to a new boat please test your ability to safely embark, use and disembark from the boat, we strongly advise you to do this under the watchful eye of a coach or colleague.