Well I dropped this puppy in the water for the first time last Saturday. She seemed to really enjoy it and wanted to go-go-go. Still have to do the deck rigging and fit out the cockpit but otherwise she is about done.
Thanks to CLC and Eric Schade for the kit and design and many of you here for putting up with me and helping me out through this little adventure. It has been interesting. There are a depressing number of other pictures of the process of stumbling through this build at the address above. Yes I really am a total space cadet at times and used the cockpit coaming for the cockpit apron! I managed to get all the way through the process of stripping the deck before I noticed this! :) This had the beneficial side-effect that I was able to get a nice sapele coaming from CLC and carve some custom knee braces out of a piece of bubinga and kind of like the way that turned out.
I wish I had taken slightly more care in the color selection of the strips as the dark stripe doesn't stand out as well as I would like on the fore deck.
And now for the obligatory question. I don't like the idea of drilling into the sheer clamps to install the deck rigging. They are only half inch, and especially where the angle of the deck is high, and a lot was planed away, I don't think it could even be done without installing the screw at an odd angle, or punching through the sheer clamp on the inside of the boat. I will probably do pretty minimal deck rigging for this boat. I am leaning towards the more traditional rigging with two lines of cord supporting a couple of wooden spacer blocks. Two behind the cockpit and two before the cockpit with another line before the forward hatch to use for a paddle park. I am leaning towards drilling holes through the deck, drill-fill-drill, and just pulling the bungy through with a knot underneath, or using machine screws with an internal washer and nut to hold the tie-downs. Any one want to try to talk me out of this, or have better ideas?
And lastly, happy festivities of the season to all of you!