Oarling -- Michael Klensch
After extensively researching my options for a recreational rowing dory, I choose to order an "Oarling" from Sam, knowing that I would have a vessel that would be as beautiful to look at, as she would be capable and practical...I have not been disappointed.
Since the first day I ordered my boat, Sam kept me apprised of her progress, and accommodated all of my choices in color and trim ideas. Living in the tiny village of Skagway, Alaska means that shipping can be a challenge. However, Sam worked with me to find the best, and most economical option for my location. Sam ensured that the boat arrived safely, and gave pointers and advice on how best to use her. He also made sure I could call him with questions if, and when they arose.
I have named my Oarling "Eulachon" after that little, silvery smelt-like fish that floods SE Alaska waters every Spring. She is a thing of beauty and drew admiring glances and questions the very first day I picked her up at the Ferry Terminal. She is so beautiful, I was intimidated to just sit in her for fear that I would get her dirty, or scratch her. However, Eulachon is as sturdy and durable as she is fetching, and after my first launching, I realized that she can handle a bit of rough handling from this newbee sculler. She is a stable craft and a delight to row, cutting through the water effortlessly.
I intend to take Eulachon on camping and photography excursions in the deep saltwater fiord that borders Skagway to the south, and in the high alpine lakes in neighboring Yukon Territory, Canada. While she can be car-topped, I have her on a small trailer that makes launching much easier when single-handed. Thank you Sam for a thing of beauty and a joy to own.
See plans, specs and a description of this boat in the Devlin Store.
Size: 4 items