bowgarguide suggested we posted 1st reviews of new boats here too, so here it goes.
A couple of things I forgot to mention in the original post that should be pointed out. My original target cost for this boat was around 150.00. I hit that one pretty close exact cost is hard to figure because I had some of the wood used laying around the shop already, but I also bought some stuff that I never used. I had hoped to do it in a week, ended up a week and four days. I will be the first to say, you get what you pay for so to speak. For a pretty as Darrells boat and all of the others are, mine is just that ugly, but this has always been the test vehicle, the prototype. Not only was/am I trying to learn what I want in a boat, from a boat, but also about building a boat. I have followed every post on build, and the people posting will never know just how much I have learned, or thank them for the free schooling. Oh yeah, the boats name "Amy's toe", my wife doesn't like boats and as I was building it I kept teasing her about her paddling it. She told me she wasn't even going to put her toe in it.
This should be the last report on this post. Managed to get out for a few hours this afternoon and try the boat out. Did it perform to expectations? Not really sure how to answer that one because I'm not really sure what I expected. From the amount of room in the boat I was plenty happy. It did turn out a little more tippy than I might have liked, but I don't think it is any worse than my plastic boat. I will say this, even with about a 15mph cross wind it will pretty much stay on track like it's on rails. It is harder to turn than the plastic boat but it is also 4' longer than the plastic boat. Take about two strokes with the paddle and it seems like it would glide across the lake, in a straight line no less, the plastic boat always wanted to turn one way or the other. It seems much faster than the other boat, but it's hard to judge when your fighting the wind the whole way. Plus it's been about 2 months since I had the other one out. I did manage to pull one tiny cat off a jug, couldn't get anything on rod and reel
Loaded and ready to go
the payoff, well kinda
a snake, so what kinda snake is this
my biggest complaint is about loading and hauling, that one I'm gonna have to work on