Doryman has been all over the map lately, preparing Belle Starr for her first voyage under her new captain. It's been a busy season for new launchings. I'm always happy to hear about these events, though it may occasionally take a while before I get time to share them...
...Lorenz Rutz launched his Ken Basset Firefly a week ago. He built this eighteen-foot single rowing station shell, from Ken Basset's plans and sent us this photo album to enjoy:
"Today was launch day. I named her Black Damsel, and a beauty she is. Four of us took her for a row and declared her sweet, fast and stable. We rowed on the Ompompanoosuc River in Vermont, out to the Connecticut River.
She ended up a bit heavier than I’d hoped, but is still an easy cartop."
Ed Cheramie is keeping his eye on that rock!
Lorenz takes the first pull.
Then his daughter, Charlotte shows us how it's done.
A Norwegian pram complements the picture.
The proud owner / builder.