This is the "Fine" sliding eat rowboat from the previous video, all sanded and having the cloth applied. I use a squeegee to push the epoxy through the weave of the cloth, and press the cloth against the hull.
Most builders use staples to hold the strips together and tight against the forms. I use 30 lb test fishing line to avoid the staple holes. Here is a short clip of me applying one strip. The strip has had glue applied just prior to this shot. This boat will use almost a kilometer of fishing line.
This is a pair of Prospector canoes, built for a friend , in exchange for what may well be a lifetime supply of cedar. Sheane made and sold strips at one time and I am the lucky recipient of the last of his cedar stock. There is literally a truckload of old growth cedar boards, some 20 plus feet long, dead clear; that he got years ago from local sawyers. He is pleased with the boats which are going to his kids, and I can hardly wait to build with the amazing wood!
I love the west coast! This is February, the middle of winter, and I am out in my boat at least once a week! The other boat in the video is Peter's new clc Oxford Shell.
The boat is back on the dock after my row yesterday. We had a break in the wind and rain yesterday afternoon and again today, and I seized the chance to get out on the water both days. Tracks are recorded on Map My Tracks under oysterbayboats.
I have 16nm year to date!
I have been recording my rowing on "Map My Tracks" and you can see my progress and sometimes lack of it at https://www.mapmytracks.com/oysterbayboats
I have been working harder to extend my range and increase my average speed.
Number 7 is sold! Delivered it to Tom in Squamish, look for him on Howe Sound and the local lakes.
This is the boat that I had at the shows this summer, finished in Endura clearcoat, and complete with carbon fiber oars. Show season is over, so it is available for a new owner. Price as shown, 5425.00 CAD.
I'm rowing hull number 6 on Telford Lake near Edmonton. It's a nice little lake, with a great low dock specifically made for rowing shells and other human powered watercraft. My friends Mary and Steve are taking this boat to their cottage in the Pembroke area, look for her on the Ottawa river with a border collie and labradoodle on board. The light weight of this boat made the trip east on the roof of their car no problem.
It is so great to be able to row year-round! I was out last week and tried out the little camera that I ordered from China. I'll have to play around with the setting and the mount, but it's cool to be able to share the view from the boat. The creaking sound you hear is the seat rack rubbing against the hull. I'll have to put some felt pads down to quiet it. Like the sound of the water past the hull though.
Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats Pender Harbour BC