New Craft Begins to Take Shape
Bill Armitage has started work on his new craft
- a stitch and glue construction based on an Adirondack Guideboat.
The sleek boat (see computer generated image below) has some
nifty lines which should make her a very fast rower. The design
of the Last Chance is by John
Gardiner of Vancouver, BC
Bill plans to row the craft in the Blackburn
Challenge, a 20 plus mile endurance race around Cape Ann.
A proposed name for the boat is "Last Chance" in
honor of the spirit of adventure evidenced by Teddy Roosevelt
in his 1913-1914 expedition down the River of Doubt in Brazil.
Bill works the on the elevations for the bottom
rocker pattern. The pattern will be used to create the upward
curve of the keel line over its length. The boat will be constructed
on a strong back assembly.
Close up view of the rocker elevations
Bill and Don measure the locations for drilling