Took the boat on its first vacation with me for a week to a cottage on Lake Beaven (Québec).
Assembly was no problem; an electric pump at the cottage (intended for air mattresses) worked fine, though it didn’t have the oomph to fill the chambers to the desired pressure; the hand pump remedied that. I’ll look into a proper electric pump for inflatables for the next round.
Getting the outboard fired up was a bot of work, though. After a year’s storage and on first use, reefing on the cord a bunch of times—as anyone who’s done it or had trouble with a hand-started lawn mower can attest—was hard on the knuckles….
Finally got it going!
Others in the family decided to canoe across the lake, and found that I was generating too many waves… so I slowed down. Really slowed down….
Over the course of the week, it got better. It was an enjoyable week, with lots of learning experiences!
Next year, we’ll try the sail rig, too 😉