--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com
, "Bill Gaba" <w.gaba@...> wrote:
> I'm building 2 Wee Lassie IIs ala "Mac" Mccarty. They are strip built
> out of cedar and covered with fiberglass and epoxy inside and out.
> I'm definately going to build one of these Airolite boats when I finish
> my current projects.
> I like all these boats.
> I think I'd like to build the Snowshoe 14.
I built a Snowshoe 16 and have been very happy with its performance.
Light weight was the primary reason for the build but the ability to
withstand fairly rugged use has been a bonus. The boat has been to
Isle Royale twice and after being dropped (several times), run
aground, slid over rocks, and generally knocked about I have to say
that it exceeded my most optimistic predictions. The only repair it
has required after all the (unintentional) mistreatment was a patch on
a small (less than a half inch) area next to the keel (refer to the
above "slid over rocks" statement). The damage (a small slit) actually
only involved the outer layer and had not penetrated the inner layer
of dacron, it never leaked a drop which I can be thankful for since I
was in Lake Superior at the time.
Platt was an invaluable resource while I was building and patiently
answered all of my emailed questions. It is truly a loss that he is no
longer with us, but his designs will be around for a long time. The
boat are strikingly artistic pieces with a practical use and if you
build one and use it you will spend a lot of time talking to others
who see it and are fascinated by it.