Mike! Have to finish the story...I would say rowing is certainly an art.
This morning I feel like I was beat up by apes - but we got her in the water and christened her with coconut rum.
Fitting we thought.
Poseidon will certainly not forget the day we launched.
My impression of this dory is that it certainly is tender and wants to pull its head either way with current or wind.
It took lots of getting used to.
The river looks smooth but there was enough current to turn the boat fairly quickly.
She appears to float as intended.
Since we mixed up the second and fourth frames I was concerned that she would not float correctly, so we positioned the forward rowing position in the widest part of the boat hoping to get it right, but the garage plays tricks on your eyes so we got it backwards.
I think it's ok.
A bigger skeg might be useful.
Per the instructions I started with a 2x4 and cut it into a wedge which was faired in heavily with epoxy.
We had three people in the boat and I think it is intended for two or less.
With two adults and a child on board we had about 8 inches of freeboard left.
That should be ok but with it being so tippy we almost used that up a couple of times.
Really the wide gunnel saved us from shipping water on more than one occasion.
Full disclosure - I'm a healthy 250 lbs. so she was carrying at least 500 pounds!
I also found the oarlocks to be too low for me and I would either raise them or lower the seat if I did another.
I kept hitting my knees on the return stroke and eventually I knocked one of them out of the lock, breaking the scotty oar collar and pulling the little nails out of the oar.
I found 8 foot oars online though most formulas call for another 6 inches of oar.
I would agree that longer oars would have been better here.
Maybe even 9 foot.
It rowed so much more smoothly with less inboard oar after I broke the collar!
In the future we may raise the line of the gunnel.
That line is so pretty...
Building this boat was a great experience and we really enjoyed it.
It's beautiful and gets lots of attention.
8 weeks and 3 days was probably too fast but we think it was worth it.
If we do another it will probably be a northeaster or other more stable design.
I don't know what this boat weighs but two people can move it with effort.
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