SUCCESS ... with lessons learned =)
The Gute Fahrt worked perfectly. That is to say that it floated and the hammock held up wonderfully. I did come away from the maiden voyage with few lessons learned:
- Use a checklist! I forgot to bring the PVC that was going to be used for the tarp frame so the tarp was mostly useless. It did, however, still act like a sail which wouldn't have been prevented had I remembered to bring the frame.
- Use a real oar. I bought a $14 plastic paddle from Walmart and found that it was also mostly useless. Every stroke of the paddle resulted in it bending almost 30 degrees and giving the raft little propulsion.
- Bring an anchor. Once I was able to get out into open water, I ended up spending most of my time paddling against the wind just to stay in the same spot. Next time, I'm going to get a big rock or something that I can tie off to the frame to keep it from drifting while relaxing.
I spent so much time paddling that I didn't get nearly as many shots of the Gute Fahrt in action as I wanted, though my Dad did (who joined us for the christening) and I'll be getting those photos tomorrow.
The photos of the maiden voyage can be seen here, and the videos can be seen on YouTube:
Loaded Up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIsgiGaxr9Q
Christening - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZHBDheaGNg