She's officially finished. Two coats inside and out with a semi-gloss latex paint.
Final specs: length- 11'8" ..............................
The flair relaxed a bit after taking off the form. No problem. I put one floor rib over the bottom butt joint. That stiffened the floor and, surprisingly the sides too.
Now, two days or so of waiting for the paint to cure. View attachment 1633
Did 3 miles in Short Stuff yesterday. The first half was against the wind. No weather cocking that I noticed. The wind hitting me probably caused a bit of a slowdown rather than any fault of the boat. I put in a temporary foot brace. With the Sparky seat and a solid foot brace, it transforms the paddling experience for me. The boat feels much more like an extension of my body, much like a kayak.
I saw about 10 alligators from 6- 10+ feet long in the first quarter mile. One little fart 6 footer actually made a charge at me with half of his body and part of his tail out of the water. A few spashes with the paddle changed his mind. Probably a teenager all full of himself.
At about an 11' 6" waterline length, this boat has the footprint of many 13 and 14 foot pirogues and kayaks with generous overhangs at each end. The boat only knows and reacts to what's actually touching the water. I feel the near zero rocker really improves the comfortable cruising speed and tracking.......both high on my list. Turning is a bit "harder" but by no means annoying. An extra stroke or two is a small price to pay for better performance.
The sad state of today's plywood has become apparent. I've got one small split/blister coming up on the bottom already. Not a hard fix with epoxy. The quality has really gone down in the last 8-10 years. But , all in, I have about $170 in the boat. Plenty bang for the buck.