So, I've reached the point where I need to make some decisions. I have fitted my decks to the Redbird but can't decide how I want the inboard edge to be shaped. I like a heart shape. It has a dainty feel to it. Anybody have any thoughts on that? Pictures of some different heart shaped canoe decks would be nice as well. The decks are made up of 3 triangles of bird's eye maple. All taper to a point at the stem. There is a bevel on the inboard edges of the outboard pieces so there's a bit of camber to the decks. You can see it in my Redbird Progress thread for pics of what I'm saying.
My other question has to do with my bowseat and yoke. The meathead who laid out the scupper pattern in the inwales made sure to put the bow seat too close to the bow. He shall remain nameless. Now, what I have to do is come up with a way to move the seat back with nowhere to hang it. What I plan on doing is suspending rails from the inwale where there's material to do the job, then put a cross member part way back that would hold up the other end of the seat track. That way, I could slide the seat fore and aft as needed for single or double paddling. Another possiblity is to use the aftermost cross member and install another one like it abaft the mid point of the canoe. Then I could wrap a couple of straps around the two cross members to make a comfortable portaging yoke subsitute. I'd be using the cross piece twice so saving the weight of an extra thwart. Thoughts on that? Or was I too verbose and not enough pictures?
There's the seat arrangement I'm thinking of. Not as artistic as that one though. Much more functional.
The yoke arrangement I remember seeing somehwere but can't recall just where it was. I loved the idea because you could portage the canoe in either direction, whereas with a traditional yoke, you are commited to one direction. It was basically two dowels with straps stretched out between them. You could adjust where the canoe sat on your shoulders fore and aft for balance. If anybody has this setup, a few pics for ideas would be nice.
(Slowest Redbird builder EVER!)