Well, I made it. The boat is strapped to the roof of the car.

Thanks to everyone who offered to help come round and paint. Your assistance was not required this time.

I put the last coat of epoxy on the hull at 6.00am this morning. It was dry by dinnertime and ready to attach to the car. The frame that I built yesterday was a perfect fit and with only two tie downs required it’s ready for the ferry in the morning. We should arrive at Lake Rotoiti around 3pm.

The boat remains a work in progress. The finish is not up to my expectations – this is what happens when you don’t plan your activity to the time remaining. But there’s nothing there that a month of careful sanding and another 4 litres of epoxy and varnish and paint can’t fix.

I have no doubt that it will be watertight and will remain above the water. This is, after-all, the essence of a boat.

Check back early next week for the You Tube link – fingers crossed.

Strapped to the roof, that's Garth who helped me lift it on, and Arlo climbing on the bonnet.
Strapped to the roof, that's Garth who helped me lift it on, and Arlo climbing on the bonnet.
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One thought on “Minimax #5”

  1. Fantastic, wish I was coming North to see her in action
    Off to bike the Rail trail instead, probably with better weather than you

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