Close to paddling, boat is almost ready for the water and 2018 trips. Seat has arrived, wood is shaped and footbraces purchased
Everything is in place and ready to be assembled
Decks dry fit, to be taken apart, epoxy sealed and reassembled. Holes left in either end to allow water to drain after use when boat is turned over
Fit and ready to be completed
Lift handles to keep from lifting boat by decks and to provide a better grip
Center thwarts serve only to hold boat to shape. Slight gaps in rails due to uneven thickness of fiberglass - this is no showpiece so we wont stress over them
Lots of room for tripping gear
More room in the bows even after paddler is in place
Tons of room
Grey Owl Scirocco paddle, just needs light refinishing. 240cm to get over the rails for comfortable paddling
Nicely made paddles, with blades laminated from basswood and butternut
Shaft is ash, with a carbon fibre ferrule.
Seat arrived 3 days ahead of schedule, and was dropped on the porch. Luckily no 'porch pirates' took it, no signature required it was just left
Super comfortable, just needs to be fit and attachments bonded it
Foot braces to be fastened, more than comfortable they assist when pulling hard on the paddle to keep the paddler in the seat and the boat moving forward
Final paint next and we get it wet. Once the ice storm is over, that is!