At my wife's suggestion, I stood my Classic 10 on its stern and pushed
it against the wall of my 11'high garage wall. It fits perfectly and
is very stable in that position. I added a rope across it to be on the
safe side. I posted a picture of it on the photos page, under White
Classic 10, in this Yahoo group. I am sorry that the photo is on its
side. I correct it with my photo editor but, for some reason, it is on
its side in the file.
I cut the canoe type seat out of the Classic 10 because the height of
the seat and the low position of the oars is too hard on my back. If
the seat does not work, I can put the other seat back in. It is too
cold and rainy for rowing in Bellingham so I have not tested it. I got
the idea for the seat from the enclosed page on Duckworks - scroll
down in that site for a picture of his seat.
I am primarily interested in using the Classic 10 to row out into our
lakes, anchor and fish in reasonable comfort. In retrospect, I might
have been better off building a lightweight canoe in the first place,
but I had expected to carry a passenger. No passengers (my wife) have
been forthcoming, so I will go for a solo canoe next. I have a
commercial 17' Kevlar canoe, from Clipper Canoe in Abbotsford, BC
which my wife enjoys now and than. Although light, it is a bit awkward
for me to lift on and off my Subaru Outback. The Classic 10 is pretty
easy to load and fits really well.
I am thinking seriously about building the solo canoe using the design
in the last two issues of "Wooden Boat" magazine. I have the heavy
Dacron already. I had grave doubts about the lightweight Dacron I
purchased from Monfort Inc. and bought much heavier material locally.
I managed to use the Monfort material and it came out well. I was very
uneasy about applying and shrinking the stuff at first and considered
burning the whole thing in the back yard.
Lastly, I wanted to pass along a material substitution I made for
plywood. I detest splintery plywood but use it sometimes when called
for. Monfort calls for using marine or at least exterior grade plywood
for the transom and in other places. If you have to buy a whole sheet
of plywood just to cut out the transom and than other sheet for the
stem, etc the cost is prohibitive. I edge glued 3/4" Douglas fir for
the transom and maple for the thinner stem.