It was an exciting drive to the put in at Bay Bull's. Protected from the winds I figured this would be one of the best places to bring my kayak to her sea trials.
Had a good chat at the wharf with a older gentleman. Apparently Stan Cook who runs a kayak guide had just departed...maybe I could land a job! And who wouldn't want a guy who builds his own kayaks working for them?
They kayak rolled like a dream. Staying upright however was 99% impossible. The closest thing I came to a "paddle" was sculling bracing and rolling....over and over. No matter what I did she was going over. Primary stability was non existent...secondary stability....none. After about 10 minutes of trying to keep the kayak upright and spending most of that time underwater...I pulled the skirt and floated on my back staring up at the thick clouds rolling by. The world deafened by the sound of water in my ears. Disappointment. I couldn't help but think back to a comment on QajaqUSA:
"That is some extreme deep V...Be ready to roll.. that hull shape is going to have some squirrley pri stability be Safe..."
Only one thing left to do.....
The SOF build was a flop. A huge one. Now she's back home and scrapped for future projects.
I do plan on another attempt. Just not right yet. I've been using the boat building as a bit of an avoidance to the cold windy waters.
The poly Valley is now warming up in the living room for tomorrow morning.
...it's time to get back exploring.