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#1 2 Sep 2020 8:30 pm

Simpsonboater
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CLC Annapolis Wherry Tandem "Libelle" - first dip.

Launched yesterday in the exotic setting of the Grand Union Canal, under a 1970's concrete flyover in Milton Keynes, our CLC Annapolis Tandem Wherry "Libelle".

Thirteen months total build time (including 4 months hoisted into the garage loft over winter) and our first build, it uses the Angus Rowboats sliding seat system and riggers, halving the weight of the drop in units and substantially cheaper too. Concept 2 Big Blades oars with shoes, seats and rails from Swift Racing (local to us).

I'll be posting a build log in that section over the coming days.  Thanks to the team at Fyne for their support, though little was needed with the excellent instructions provided.

This was a "soft" launch as Libelle still needs a final couple of coats of varnish (Interlux Compass) inside and properly "naming" but we couldn't wait any longer!

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#2 17 Nov 2020 10:14 pm

Simpsonboater
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Re: CLC Annapolis Wherry Tandem "Libelle" - first dip.

Took Libelle out for a trip along the quiet canal today with family to take advantage of the warm November day. Handles really well with passengers but is a handful if you try to row from the forward seat with nobody in the rear!

After a few outings we have a few dings and scratches from submerged branches and docking errors, hence the additional fenders.  The bow ring is from my parents place, last used 40+ years ago to tie up cattle.

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We still haven't got the transom name added but we plan to get that properly sign-written in the future.

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#3 19 Nov 2020 7:30 am

machone
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Re: CLC Annapolis Wherry Tandem "Libelle" - first dip.

Beautiful! Congratulations. Cattle ring looks like it polished up well, too. Nice calm day for it.

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#4 19 Nov 2020 8:20 am

Simpsonboater
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Re: CLC Annapolis Wherry Tandem "Libelle" - first dip.

Thanks, we are very happy how it came together.

The ring was so black you couldn't tell what it was made from. I was very happy to find it was solid brass! We had to have it on the boat even if it is a bit oversized for the job.

As there have been so few boat movements you can see the bottom of the canal.

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