The Can-Yak comes home: Stuff happens. Things change. My good friend George, for whom I built the rowing skiff (see Past Boats), had a life change and returned to Switzerland. His boat was the only commission I have ever taken, and was one of my best efforts. George is a great rower, and in the years that he owned the boat he rowed it many hundreds of miles on Coffee Pot Bayou. The boat was well maintained and cared for.
Before leaving, George bequeathed the boat to me, hoping that I would learn to love rowing as he did. Unfortunately, rowing shells are quite tippy and require a special skill set to become proficient. As beautiful as the boat is, I am not a rower.
Enter Dennis. Years ago, Dennis, another friend, admired and bought my Can-Yak. Before I go further, I should explain that I use a picture of the Can-Yak on my business card, and have always had a soft spot for this boat.
Dennis is an extremely proficient rower and kayaker. I called Dennis, hoping that I would be able to trade the rowing skiff for the Can-Yak. Dennis was very happy to get the rowing skiff, and we made the trade. I was also very happy to get the Can-Yak back and plan to spend many hours paddling the mangroves in Tampa Bay.
Now for the latest news. I had several hernias that finally screamed for attention. This week I had them repaired. The process was smooth and relatively non-invasive, but I'll be out of action for the better part of a month. Talk about the Bionic Man - I hope I'm through with this surgery stuff for years to come!!!! Anyway, look for another post sometime in late March.