Oh, and then this has been keeping me up nights.. I was wondering if there is a law of some sort about using Lendal Paddles in Loch Ness.. I mean they had a Nessie Logo once upon a time... Will Werner paddles hit the water and dissolve? Maybe Werner offers a special spray on Loch guard... A Patented "PaddLoch System" per se...
The other big innovation he wanted me to see was the new skeg system. Their plan was to take a fresh look at a way of doing things that had not changed much over the years and see what happens if they actually just re-engineered the whole lot. The goal was to get most of the kinking points out of the system, make it easily serviceable, and make the hardware fit into both composite and roto-molded boats. It's certainly a good idea to give it another go over.
It's great when I have a bunch of stuff to write about. It certainly feels better than those days when I sit down here at the keyboard and realize that the only thing standing out in my mind is the ticking of the wall clock. On the other hand, if you've got lots of bits to write about you tend to either overlook the important stuff while getting lost in the manushia or find yourself distracted by the cool stuff at the expense of the boring but useful. . oh, and speaking of boring . . .
The weekend came and went as weekends often do, beginning at the end of a week and ending at the beginning of another. This weekend I set about doing the final repair on that bulkhead. One had to wonder what caused me to have such a collection of items stacked on a bit of cardboard. There was a plastic knife, a caulking gun, a rubber glove and a mirror, a pencil and a jack knife and a cup of coffee just to keep the nerves up.
So yesterday I continued on my self taught kayak repair course. Having successfully. . eventually. . . mastered removing and replacing seats, repairing fiberglass hulls, and most recently re-attaching cockpit combings I'm now on to removing and re-installing bulkheads!