I had a lot of fun designing and building this cheap boat. I built two other versions of it using old sheets of paneling and duck tape covered in a sheet of plastic to get an idea of how it was going to balance so I was pretty sure my seat location was where I wanted it. I might want to add a back brace for added comfort. Is that just a board across the sides behind the seat or an actual back rest? I suppose a simple board positioned right with a cushion might work fine and not add much extra weight.
I did finally take this boat out to the river yesterday and got to go around 3 or 4 miles with it. Spent 2 hours on the water. It seems to work as well as I hoped. I didn't think there would be any wind so I left my test sail at home. There was some wind so I should have taken it along. I probably could have sailed back down river if nothing else. There is very little current where I went and I had to paddle both up and down stream. Maybe next time I'll try a sail. For now though, I like it. I was stopped by the Fish and Boat Commission and they seemed to like the little "unique" boat. I showed them that I had a life jacket with me (not wearing it) and they were happy and let me continue on my paddle up river until the current got too strong to paddle through. Coming back down, they passed me and I got to test out this boat with some power boat waves. It did fine although I faced the waves head on after trying it sideways. I think I would have gotten a little wet if I hadn't turned towards the waves but it didn't seem like it would flip it. It pretty much rode over the waves but they splashed a little on the sides and I didn't want to get wet.
Cheap fun from just one sheet of plywood.
Brian in PA
--- In email@example.com, "Jack" <ariawoodboatworks@...> wrote:
> Hi Brain, Looking good.
> Thanks so much for sharing the build with us and all the photos. Whenever I get a new boat to water I dont put the seating in until after ive found a good point of ballance. I put the boat in the water and always keep low in a one sheeter shuffle about until I find a good baalance mark on the side, then when I get home install the seat and a back rest. Its amazing how much difference it makes getting this right, stay low in the boat have a back brace to steady the stability.
> Happy boating Phil.