(one year, that is). After 11.8 months of building, my Chesapeake 16 finally saw water yesterday. It was a nice 29th birthday present to myself to see that everything floated where it was suppose to, the deck faced the sky, and the pointy end tracked straight as an arrow! I've attached some pictures, including some of the little details that I added along the way. The toggles are hand-carved cherry with a bronze 'hitching post' bored through them. The compass block (sans compass) is a laminate of cherry/teak/ash/walnut.
Thanks for everyone's help answering questions and providing me with a sounding board when I hit a few walls!
(oh, and I got my first scratch out of the way early on with a soft sand beach landing... the scratch was from putting my paddle into the deck bungees!)