22 October 2008

She Floats!!!

Yesterday I did a saran test on my completed boat frame!  I was fairly nervous, to the point that I had a hard time convincing my body I needed to eat lunch.  It's been over two years since I've been in any sea kayak, and that was only a one week trip in Prince William Sound.  My friend Ben kept asking how my roll was...I kept insisting we not talk about it - or how difficult a wet exit would be from a boat with such a small opening.  Squeezing into this Greenland kayak is no small feat.  I don't want to try squeezing out of it in Kachemak Bay in mid-October. That being said, I had three people on the shore ready for the rescue, my PDF, and a full change of clothes just.in.case.

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Kaya was a little unsure of exactly what I thought I was doing.  She was definitely not going to be swimming out to meet me.  Pemba, Ben's dog, on the other hand was all about it.  I was pretty sure she was going to take me down by trying to jump on the boat - but crisis was averted. 

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The Gibson's, looking on.  They have provided me with all of the lumber for this project, ripped much of it to proper dimensions, and have graciously donated a small space to me at the sawmill to finish up this project, as winter has descended and my front-yard-uncovered workspace stopped being quite so productive.

3 comments:

lewis said...

wow-looks very nice...floats good... do not make the mistake I did :( The sun, heat shrinks nylon fabric!!!I glued the fabric tight to the gunwales in the sun ;;;; so when I painted the fabric, it loosened right up so now my fabric saggggs !!!! so now I will have to tighten the fabric somehow..... next time I will clamp the fabric to the gunwales paint the fabric;;; THEN glue/attach the fabric to the gunwales...... btw, 4 inch pvc pipe makes great outriggers..... Lewis Brackett, San Diego

Emily said...

YEAH! You're a champ! I'm afraid if you in a boat won't get Kaya swimming, she may never be inclined to go for it. It's probably a good thing you didn't make a doggie-size cockpit for her, in retrospect. She may not have liked it so much.

THAT IS SO COOL! wish I coulda been there to see you in action!

Ali said...

YEE-HAW Rachel! Way to go Lady!