Thursday, January 6, 2011
Yaquina Guide Boat, Epilogue
My friend Brandon came by today. You may know Brandon from reading about Ravn, the Norse faering he built recently.
I had just finished installing the inwales on the Yaquina River Guide Boat and was explaining to Brandon that I really needed to float the boat to see how it trimmed with weight in it, before completing the oarlock design.
The paint on the bottom was mostly dry, much of the glue had set and the entire boat was base-coated in epoxy. So my buddy says "lets do it!".
We hefted the guide boat out the window of the sewing room one more time and loaded it on top of the car. So far, so good. It's a short drive to the closest launch ramp and before very long we have the boat in the water for the first time.
She is very buoyant.
Well... I expected that.
So I say to Brandon "you sit on the middle thwart and I'll take the aft one".
He says "Ummm, Maybe you should try it first".
So I say "OK, you steady her and when I step in, let go and I'll just push off".
He says "Are you sure?" And I say "It'll work, I know how to do this.".
So I step in and he lets go and I push off. The Yaquina Guide Boat flips over and dumps Doryman in the drink.
Lucky for me the water was only three feet deep. But it's COLD!
Now I'm drenched, but determined. Back to the shore.
"This time, Brandon - hold onto the boat!" I say, a bit petulant.
Whew, this is one tender (that means tippy!) boat. Brandon thinks I'm testing just how tender by rocking back and forth, but in truth I am trying desperately to find the balance point before I go swimming again and the boat is rocking itself, I swear!
On the shore, Brandon keeps saying "she floats perfectly on her water line" while I try to figure out how to drive this thing. All I have is a canoe paddle when obviously I need much bigger guns.
I try sitting faced aft as I would when rowing, then paddle back to shore and turn around to try a forward position more favorable to the paddle I'm using. (You didn't think I was going to try standing up and turning around in the boat did you?!!).
We don't have any pictures of Brandon in the boat because he sat in it for one minute (with me holding the gunnel and the stern wedged firmly against a stump) and decided it wasn't his cuppa tea.
So, the verdict is: this is one light, fast boat - if you can keep it upright. There have been many helpful suggestions. Turn her into a catamaran, a proa, a trimaran... which are all very good ideas.
All of them much better than taking another swim in 38 degree water.
It seems Doryman is going back to the drawing board. Any helpful suggestions welcome. Not so helpful suggestions will be tolerated.
Progress will be documented on Doryman's Flickr site.
Pictures will be added daily as work progresses with explanations added at the bottom of the page. Flickr allows comments, so fell free to make suggestions.
Brandon brought with him some stuff for show-and-tell. Mary will tell you about all his fun toys on With Needle and Palm and; yet more fun at The Fiddle Project.