Since the wet down, I have made the needed mods to the
boat and completed it.
1) Twisting in winds
Solved by adding thwarts.
3 UL thwarts were used. 3oz, 5oz and 2oz respectively.
The center thwart is also used as the seat back.
2) Added front and rear hand grips (~1oz each)
3) Added a seat back frame (9 strips, plus screws ~ 4oz)
My sleeping pad will serve as a seat cushion. 4 layers
of interlocking foam, about 2 1/2" total thickness. One layer
of foam is flipped up for the seat back, 5 layers total. No
weight is added here since the cushion doubles as a sleeping
4) Added another layer of fiberglass to the bottom center
More to help take up any wear, scratching, etc (~14"x9'6"
at about 12oz including epoxy.) It will also add some stiffness.
5) Varnished the boat (about a 1/2 pint of spar varnish...more
for UV protection. Calling this ~3oz)
6) Added 1/8" rope(with the center strands drawn out) skid plates
at about 1/2oz
7) Added a front & rear spray deck out of PU coated nylon at
10oz (including mounting hardware - aluminum & nylon straps.)
I was going to modify the tarp for spray decks, but started worrying
about safety. The extra material, guy lines, tie-offs, etc started to look like
catches and a general annoyance. Better to have them specific to the
boat, in the case of a rollover.
Soo, for all the additions and mods, the weight adds about
2#7-1/2. The total weight was ~21 1/4 pounds. Sorry, I don't have an
accurate scale in that range so this will vary a bit, +- 1/2 pound.
I finished the paddle. 8' 2-1/2", a hollow cedar shaft wrapped in
fiberglass, touring blades at 18"x6-3/4". It weighs 27oz.
So, including the life vest, the whole outfit for the Northern Forest
Canoe Trail weighs <25 pounds. This is the allotted weight. Next week
end, I will off on the trail for about 5 weeks. I do not like the thought of
being in Black Flies for the first week or two... I should be back sometime
My thoughts only . . .