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Building a Glued Lapstrake Rangeley Lake Boat

Page 18: Sea Trials

The Rangeley Afloat!
The Rangeley Afloat!

She floats. Right side up, too. And she doesn't leak. Here are some photos to prove it.

We launched her this morning in a flat calm and rowed for about a mile to the Fair Harbor marina. She rows a lot like her smaller sister; pulls easily, tracks like a freight train, and carries very nicely between strokes.

The Rangeley Underway
The Rangeley Underway

Tom rowed her briefly solo, and she trims nicely with him on the aft thwart. Rangeleys evolved to have less hull volume aft to ensure the boat is immersed deeper aft which aids tracking.

In windy conditions we would probably want to have a little weight forward to bury the forefoot a little deeper so she doesn't lose her grip forward. We’ll see.

Then Susanne boarded, and she sat in the stern seat while Tom rowed from the forward thwart. She gives the backrest a thumbs up: "Comfy! Who wants to row when you can sit here all afternoon?"

Turning the Rangeley
Turning the Rangeley

On the way back from the marina we rowed double, which also trimmed well. The thwarts are spread far enough apart that there is no interference between bodies, and as a result, the oarlock spacing allows for less-than-perfectly-synchronized rowing without the clashing of oars.

The hand overlap of about five inches felt comfortable, although the ends of the oar grips need to be rounded off a bit more to be comfortable.

Hand overlap
Hand overlap

The relationship of the oarlock spacing, thwart location, oar length, and button position all seem to work well together.

Tom finds that when rowing from the forward thwart the aft thwart provides a perfect stretcher for bracing the balls of the feet against. We'll still need to add stretchers for the aft thwart, although we really don't recall it being an inconvenience on today's row. It might be because the thwarts are so low that the legs don't seem to be worked as much as they are on a boat with higher thwarts, perhaps the arms are doing more of the work. Regardless, they will help.

All in all, we had a very nice row in a well-behaved and attractive boat. We plan to sneak in a few more rowing/photo sessions in a more scenic location.




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