Our Ally Canoe building is getting faster. We’ve been practicing for our ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’
The first time we put the canoe together, it took us nigh on 5 hours (despite the man in the demo video, from Bergan’s of Norway – who make the canoes – taking 20 minutes to build his. But, how many times has he done it though, eh?). Ok, so we had a tea and biscuit break in between…nevertheless, it took a lot bloody longer then 20 minutes!
In our defense though (and from reading some of the Ally Canoe forums on-line), and not wanting to sound like a workman always blaming his tools, the demo video that comes with the canoe isn’t great – detail or camera angle-wise (as in, ‘where exactly did he just put insert that chine rod?’) – and the instruction booklet isn’t that great either (i.e. it doesn’t clearly state that the inner rods are all numbered – that bit was trial and a lot of error – until Florio’s dad/the father-in-law, Rodger, pointed it out after about the 4th hour). And, is there even a bow and a stern? Both ends look exactly the same! For all we know, we’re paddling back to front and vice versa!
So, even though we know that we can beat our own ‘world record’ of 50 minutes to build – eventually – we’re still doing much better than 5 hours!
And, we LOVE the 811 Ally – now we just need to put it to the real test, on the River Gambia.
More canoe tales coming soon.
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