Start up trials
The build starts
Impossible to get dowel of this size locally so it’s a DIY job on the lathe!
Now for the “loop and gloop” stage.
The skin is Ballistic Nylon, high tenacity, greige fabric, 850 den, 310g/sqm, white from Extremtextil, Dresden and the gloop is Lechler (Como, Italy) LS140 (29140) Isolak High and Hardener (29340).
The materials were bought in a rush before Brexit so I have no idea how they compare to the recommended Corey products used by Brian. So I asked advice from Brian also from Franz (Bavaria) who did use similar products. What follows are some pictures of tests and the final result.
A mild day after a long spell of cold weather so the launch is “go”. The F1 has had a few days for the paint to cure but it still reeks. The boat weighs 15 kilos. ready to go, except there are no bouyancy bags. It is easy to lift one handed though I am surprised how far forward I have to hold on the coaming to get the balance. I’m lucky, I can put in in front of the house, down the garden and over the railway.
A very comfy sit, the matting, back rest and foot rests are all spot on. The full length keel makes it a bit wobbly to start. As there was noone else on the water and with no bouyancy bags I didn’t test the limits but the secondary stability with the hard chines seems good. It paddles easily with no hint of the side deck getting in the way. Directional stability is good, no problem drifting in a staight line while taking photos. On return after two hours on the water the boat was dry inside apart from a few drops carried in from my feet.
Verdict – excellent – can’t wait to try in more testing conditions!