I finally finished the Ebenezer 11. A picture is attached, but
I will take some better shots and get them to you. I took it on
a two week sailing holiday where I towed it behind my 35' sailboat.
No problems at all. It tows and rows great. And the comments I
received were really surprising. Hardly anyone could walk by it
without saying how beautiful it was. Someone on a jet-ski chased
me down as I towed it to ask about it.
I used some
Zebra-wood as accents (oar lock risers, knees, bow detail) and
the result was wonderful. I also used bronze fittings, and purchased
excellent curved oars (only 2 lb. each). I over-built a little,
and the result is 33 lb with two seats.
one, I am ready to begin another. I'm thinking about the classic
12' as I felt I could use a little more room for the family. Or
maybe the 8' to use as a true store-aboard. Probably I'll try
both as I want to work out some techniques that I thought of using
to reduce the labor a bit. The plywood bottom is really rigid
- but as you said up front - a lot of extra work