Well, not really the first time afloat, the real first was just 20 minutes of so to make sure it held water (out!)
The photo is on it's real maiden voyage - 5 miles. Did another 5 the next day.
The Ravenswood will take a little getting used to. I miss having a skeg.
The second photo shows the area of the second voyage though the photo is taken from my Manitou-14 a week earlier. Taking any kayak through the trees felt, well rather spooky even more so with the Ravenswood.
Ravenswood, frames and coaming in hoop pine ply, stringers in WRC, polyester skin bought from the Kudzu store finished with clear Aquacote 2-part polyurethane.
Mr Horton's book is right - I was so desperate to get the boat in the water during the last bit of fitout it almost sent me crazy.
Then it was suddenly finished, and I just stood around looking at it, putting off and putting off the 'flotation trials'...
Boat on the car. I really wanted that translucent finish.
I'm just starting my Ravenswood and have a question about 'Flooring'. I'm a bit concerned about my heels (or rather the heels of my watershoes) wearing on the fabric in the area of the foot-pegs.
There is solid wood flooring under my butt, then looks like bare fabric where only 'lunch, etc' then a frame and bare fabric where my feet might wear the fabric.
I'm thinking of putting some kind of removable light plastic. What does everyone else do? Or am I overthinking a problem that doesn't really exist.?