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Maiden Voyage

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An overcast and windy day, yesterday I tested this boat with 3 adults, a 2.7 air-cooled motor, and an electric trolling motor.  There was easily enough freeboard with three adults (7″).  Once on the lake and exposed to the wind the design of this craft allowed no shipping of water in spite of there being chop and 1′ high waves.  The 2.7 hp gas motor propelled it at perhaps 5 mph…although I would expect it to do better with only myself and my dog.  Given the shape of its tumblehome I expected it to feel unstable, which it did, but this proved to be so only initially, and the boat resisted tipping past a certain, initial point.   The bench seating is low enough that it proved extremely uncomfortable given the cramped space; this will be remedied with the addition of swivel seats.

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An adult bald eagle flew by us with a fish in its talons, hotly pursued by two eaglets, born this year.  Circling around it came to deposit the fish in its nest which was readily set upon and fought over by its two offspring, now as large as itself, although still in their immature colour phase.

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Refitting Of Boat

Today I hauled the boat back inside by myself and let it thaw (-30C for a high)…

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…sorting these stainless steel bolts and screws was going to be a puzzle…

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…condensation from the indoors…

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…bow deck reattached…

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…a final removal of left over adhesives…

…transom nice and clean…

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…transom stiffener, 3/4″ marine plywood stained and Varathaned…

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…motor support and screws with remounted transom trimmings…

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…back seat added with seat mount positioned (looking nice)…

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…oar lock attached…

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…seats installed (temporary) showing future seating configuration…

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Hull Removed Outside Awaiting Painting

The portion of the hull in contact with the water has now finished its initial deoxidation as previously described.  The upper portion of the outside hull will be left clean but oxidized.  There is a marked difference between the two.  Oxidation allows paint to adhere to the metal better than polished aluminum; polished aluminum offers less resistance to water when it is stripped.  The boat will remain here, strapped down, until it is warm enough to paint it outdoor some time this spring.

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