Today my wife and I took my finished boat to the Texas Kayak Fisherman’s boat builder round-up at the Inks Lake State Park.
Back to the boat I have been building and how it turned out. I made a few minor mistakes in finish-out but learned a lot so my next one will be even better. Best of all the boat floats, doesn’t leak at all and paddles very well. It turns on a dime so I am considering a keel or skeg for straighter tracking. I borrowed a canoe chair to try out and it works well. I do need to adjust where I can place the chair in the boat to level it out in the water. My wife took the boat out and went to the far side of the lake and back. The boat rode very well for her and paddled easily. I mentioned that I would be building her a boat in the future and she corrected me by letting me know this boat was hers and I would need to build me a boat in the near future.
We had a beautiful day even though it was storming early as we prepared for the trip. I ran into several people that are interested in building their own boats. For those that want to learn more about boat building I recommend the following sites. First is Bulwarks which is the boat building class given by Mike Bull in Austin. http://www.bulwarks.us/ I built my boat in the class taught by Mike so if I can do it anybody can build their own boat.
The second is the Brazos Boat Works and The Texas Paddler owned by Gerald Kennedy. www.texaspaddler.com Gerald has boats, designs, plans, Kayak equipment and other supplies. Both of these guys are top notch and will steer you straight on watercraft.
Here are a few pictures of the day and some of the beautiful boats that were in attendance. Hope you enjoy these and maybe we will see you at the next round-up.
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