Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Ultimate Adventure Craft - The Canoe
Who is this masked man? Hard to recognize him without a paddle in his hand. It's Mark P. Manitou Cruiser as he gets ready to spray the gel coat for our new Kruger Cruiser Canoe.
Mark pre-cuts all the cloth and lays them out in secession. He has patterns for each layer which is so precise, that after 6 years of building canoes, there isn't enough material left to make a hat.
Rolling out the resin, getting good saturation, Mark squeegees the bow section. I called Mark numerous times this week, making sure he was feeling good and getting enough sleep before he started laying up the boat. He no longer takes my calls. :-)
Actually we're pretty excited about this boat, "BIG MEDICINE II" It will be the cruiser that Hannah and Marissa will be paddling in the MR 340.
The name is from a comment that Jack Cramer made will paddling with Mark one day. He said after a long week of work and having the need to wash the city off; That getting out and paddling a Cruiser, is "Big Medicine" So we named the sister ship to Mark's Cruiser, Big Medicine II.