After 2 years and 2 months, I finished our boat. It’s been a long, hard and very rewarding experience. It is a good feeling to “paddle your own boat”.
First, it looks great. And it is not just me saying that. A few people said to me “nice boat!”. One asked where I’ve got it from. I know it is not perfect and has some areas I could have done better, but this is my first one, and I rather have a good boat I use, than a perfect one the I never row. I will use all the learnings and experience, if I decide to build another one some day. If I do so (not anytime soon), it will likely have a sail.
In addition to looking good, it actually handles really nicely on the water. In the calm waters of the Lake I took it to, it is a real pleasure to paddle on it. It is also very comfortable and spacious.
I’ve taken it through some of the same routes I did more than two years ago with my previous (stolen) boat. I’m so fortunate to be able to do so. It is so peaceful, full of life, and incredibly beautiful. And even though it is tiring to paddle, it fills your soul with new energy.
Pictures are worth thousands words, so here it is: