Along with my good friends Brian and Christian, we took advantage of the fine weekend weather and a 9.8m tide to go up the Mighty Mersey this weekend...
Sometimes you feel a bit inferior...
33.5 km in a mere 4hrs 23mins.
A grand day out!
Update on 'Tootega': The kayak has worked out very well. I had to lower the stern keel by 1.5" to help with the tracking as it was out of the water most of the time unless the boat was well laden.
I had a wee problem with the hatches which was solved with some extra silicone sealant.
I also replaced the minicell foam seat I made with a fibreglass copy of the seat from my Valley Aquanaut.
I am very pleased with the performance of the Karitek skeg unit, and the Immersion Research 'Reggie' backband too. [IR even featured it on their website]
All said, 'Tootega' has been the subject of many flattering comments on all of the trips I have made this year in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District.
I have designed a new boat, Sedna, a lightweight 17' Greenland style, which should start to take shape in October. Here we go again!