This weekend we drove down to Austin and spent time rigging our River Rocket with our buddy West.
He kind of knows a lot about kayaks and how to make them AWESOME.
He taught us how to repair our rudder.
Build platforms for our new kayak seats.
Fix our foot pedals using a drill and rivet gun.
Install our Bumfort's with Velcro and contact cement.
Make cable supports from epoxy and carbon fiber fabric.
And install a bilge pump using a dimmer switch from a 1968 Ford Mustang.
After the Rocket was ready to go we loaded her up and headed to Town Lake for our first paddling lesson.
At first, West focused on teaching us how to steer and paddle in sync. (This was after running into a tree seconds after leaving the boat ramp).
After awhile we finally started to get the hang of it.
Overall, we ended up having a blast spending time with West and his family, as well as getting to know our boat a little better. She rides well, especially with all the adjustments we made this weekend. I hope that grin never leaves my face!