Thursday, September 29, 2011

A float test

paddling the james river/springfield lake

The test paddle was a success. I took the outrigger down to the local reservoir to see how it performs under paddle. I'd say it paddles about like a comparable size recreation canoe. It maybe tracks a little straighter and is harder to turn, but it drifts along very nicely. Also, it's very stable. I paddled while standing a few times and even hopped up on the center seats and tried rocking it around. The foam ama seems very positively buoyant. It took me about 30 minutes to pull off the car roof and get lashed together. The boat wasn't as heavy as I anticipated. I was able to grab a hiking beam and the center seat, pick the whole boat up and walk with it.

Sailing in spring is going to be a blast. I can't wait. :)

Also, I met three other homebuilt boat enthusiasts at the ramp. Pretty weird, really, since I've only met two or three, locally, in the past couple of years. That access in Springfield Lake/James River is mostly a plastic kayak kind of place. But I met a guy named Jim with a nine foot nutshell pram and two others with kayaks, one strip built, the other skin-on-frame. I wish I wasn't in so much of a hurry or I'd have liked to have looked their boats over in more detail. But I only had so much daylight. I finished up and put things back on the car about sundown. The mosquitos just descended on me when night fell. Untie this, slap leg, hoist up this, slap arm, repeat. Didn't matter, though. I was too excited to have been out on the boat, even if just to paddle it around.

As well as the the boats mentioned above, I also saw a few rec canoes, one racing canoe with an older couple that looked to be training for an event, a couple rec kayaks and a girl and her dog on a stand-up-paddle board.

paddling the james river/springfield lake

paddling the james river/springfield lake

paddling the james river/springfield lake

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The outrigger is painted!

Almost there

Side view

Thinking of taking it paddling on Springfield Lake, maybe Wednesday evening after work. I don't have the sail and some other sailing bits done yet, but I don't plan to sail it till about April, when the weather and water warms again.

I can also put off registering it that way. I don't really want to throw the time and money at registering the boat to maybe sail it once or twice before winter weather chases me completely off the water.

Got this in the mail over the weekend, with a couple of stickers for my new car.
Also, got this mug in the mail over the weekend. It's probably a little weird how excited I get over a $7 coffee mug, but it's got a WoodenBoat logo on it and I really like coffee.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

In observance of Talk Like A Pirate Day , September 19, 2011.


The Dread Pyrate Gwenyth... and her ice cream cone.

The Dread Pyrate Gwenyth... and her ice cream cone.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Epoxy/The outrigger goes fully 3D

epoxy gluing the struts into the ama

Working with epoxy hasn't been nearly the daunting task that people make it out to be. Other than my inability to make a "pretty" job of things, it's been quite smooth to work with. I blame the aesthetic shortcomings on my impatience and complete apathy for a yacht finish. I just want to get it done and have it structurally sound. If it accidently gets built looking nice, then cool, if not, no big deal.

I managed to get the struts epoxyed into the ama yesterday afternoon. I still have to epoxy fillet the area around where the struts contact the surface fiberglass, but this thing is fully 3D and one major step closer to being on the water.

epoxy gluing the struts into the ama

epoxy gluing the struts into the ama

epoxy gluing the struts into the ama

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ama to your mama

fiber glassed ama

The outrigger ama/float/secondary hull is finally glassed. Now to drill holes and poke some sticks in it (aka: install the struts). Then I get to paint the sucker and put it on the water.