Yes..but the meranti was more blonde than I wanted, so I used a water-based wood stain that would still allow the glass to adhere. It was a "rosewood" color. I wish it were just slightly more reddish, but I do like how it came out.Your boat looks amazing. Love the transom art.
Is the upper part of the sidewalls "natural"? No paint.
Eric Sjoden told me that Kenton Grua also did natural wood sides on his GRAND CANYON. (pic attached)I was thinking of doing my next boat with a "Natural Wood" Strip. Didn't want to do the whole thing as I am sure there will be some repairs on the chines.
The hatches/gutters were inspired by the way Chris Towles did his. I haven't been able to test them yet in heavy whitewater, but look forward to it.Your decks look like they turned out well.
Glad you had a great first float.
I have 238 photos in my Facebook album. Would have been nice to put a build thread in a Whitewater dories subforum on here.
Guess I'll give my photos and your attention Lord Zuckerberg instead of Vertical Scope.
After 2 seasons of rowing a wooden dory I'm still finding reasons I prefer it over any other boat.
Great looking boat, congratulations!
It's a double-step.
There is currently only a seal inside the hatch lid, but I will add a seal on the 2nd step before I hit big water.
- Get the water out and away from the boat as quickly as possible. Racing sailboats and kayaks do the same thing. Dory conventional wisdom of draining into the oarsman's footwell makes the footwell have to drain more than necessary. A couple of high holes will drain the deck before it puddles in the oarsman's footwell.
- The next rationale was to keep the gaskets out of the puddle. The double step ensures that standing water won't seep in...and a blast of water into the gutter won't force its way under the gasket the way it would if the gasket were at the bottom of the channel.
- The other cool thing he did was to make the drain holes slope from center to gunnel so water constantly rolls out.
Why?Enough that a plastic water cannon filled a couple times on the side hatches, and about 2 or 3 minutes of "clean up" with a sponge, I have the standard single gasket sealing surface on Bears Ears. Will have to ask Mike G how his hatches sealed when he gets off the Grand.
I like your dual gasket detail, but not sure it'd make much of a difference. My friend Buck says the word dry, in relation to hatches, is a nice thought, but it's all relative anyway
So we have something to discuss around the campfire!!!
Chris' argument was for full-composite hatch lips for that reason.
I'm a "frozen-snot-on-wood purist"!
Composite lips would be super sweet, but why not make the entire hatch out of composite material? Surely the cost / benefit of doing that would outweigh the cost / benefit of just the lips, and how much water would one be keeping out vs the wood hatches with the frozen snot method?
I started running rivers in kayaks also and bought a raft for the family. The dory rekindled that love of moving water.I've been kayaking longer than rafting and I've always said, "I'd rather kayak than raft, but I'd rather raft with my family than kayak alone." A raft simply doesn't move in the water the way a kayak does...and the way a dory moves: incredible. I may now be finding excuses not to kayak.
Got pics of your boat?