This site is to chronicle, for better or worse, my construction of a single rowing scull made from composite cedar strip / carbon fiber. This project falls on the heels of my first cedar strip scull launched in 2005.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Carbon Rowing Deck off the form!
At last I got to pull the deck off the form. Couldn't believe it!...I think it weighs less than a pound! It's not quite perfect....but with a little work it will be just fine... Ya hoooo!
Here it is mocked up with the seat, slides and vent covers in place.
I built my first boat (a raft) when I was 12. I should have realized right then and there that it was the path I should follow. Instead, I've enjoyed the scenic route thru my life including many adventures such as climbing in the Himalayas and Andes, rafting in the Amazon, and raising a daughter; all with the love of my life, my husband Rick. We live in the Okanagan Valley in southern BC, Canada, in an area which is beautiful and provides us with an incredible landscape to enjoy our interests.
The other character in this Blog is the boat. It is a single rowing scull, racing style, which in layman's terms translates to "goes fast and flips easily". It is 26'-3" long and is 11.5" wide. It is approximately 8" deep, not counting the spashboard height. I designed it based on experience gained over 15 yrs of rowing, rebuilding several rowing sculls, and designing and building my first single. I don't race, but the thrill when rowing perfect strokes over glassy smooth water is equivalent to that felt when skiing steep slopes with powder snow flowing up over my shoulder. What a RUSH. Add it to fantastic scenery and close contact with nature, it's a perfect mental and physical pursuit.