We have not discussed sheathing her, I think she will be just varnished or painted. I have this picture in my mind of her in mahogany ply, all varnished, yellow cedar varnished woodwork and custom cast bronze hardware.
Howard Rice has highly recommended foot pedals for steering as a very worthwhile feature and he combines them with twin push/pull tillers, so I think that will be the way we will go. Yes using the rudder when rowing, perhaps only slightly down, sounds good and will just need one tiller trapping in a rubber jaw or under an elastic to help with course heading.
JohnW has already said to me she will be set up to sail from the side decks and hike out if I am feeling in the mood.
Oar storage not discussed yet. The sliding seat - is a sliding thwart, supported on a rail fixed to each cockpit side as shown in the picture earlier in the thread. So she should slide forward out of the way, perhaps make a nice dining table as well. Or even a chart table. My current sailing canoe has movable seats which slide back and forwards on cockpit side rails, just has pin stops to allow both seats to be adjusted or slid out completely, this will be similar with the addition of rollers, keep the pin stops to fix if required.
I am trying hard to leave John alone and let him progress the detailed hull design - the key feature of everything.