Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We have built Kayaks!

June 21, 2010

With only 5 days until our scheduled departure for Superior Dream we tested our kayaks for the very first time in water.  With our editors working the cameras we were joined by some family, friends and a photographer from the White Bear Press as we christened them in White Bear Lake.

After almost 2 months of building our own Greenland Skin On Frame kayak, it is a success story!  They float!  And that in itself is pleasing and reassuring to us.  However, we also discovered that they have very low initial stability and that despite us having a confident roll we are unable to recover in a capsize.  

We'll paddle every day, and often, up until we leave in between finalizing lots of details.  Our hope is to become comfortable in them for when we get on Lake Superior.  It's a lot more serious than WB Lake, not to mention colder.  Hopefully by then we'll not only be able to roll them too, but roll them loaded down with all of our gear.

We'll go back and put the last few building updates on here also.  It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  


  1. oooooh. That's a problem.

  2. oooooooh! That IS a problem!