Ririe Reservoir, Idaho

Today I got out with some of our kids to explore and play on a nearby reservoir.

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The paddle boards proved a huge hit.

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We hauled two paddle boards across the back of Northern Cross.  The didn’t move an inch.  

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We offset the fins and placed the paddles across the top.  

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Bennett loves to drive.

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The older kids blasted the tunes inside the cabin.  We all had a great time.

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The cabin cover proved an excellent place to get out of the sun.  By removing the filler boards, you still get good air movement through the cabin.  

Parting Shot:

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It doesn’t get much better than this folks.  A great time was had by all.  

What we learned:

  1. The paddle boards were a total hit.  By tying up to a dock, it allowed the kids to play on the boards and explore the area.
  2. With the bimini up and cabin top installed, we had a huge amount of shade and a great place to lay down and get out of the sun.  With the filler boards removed, we still had excellent air flow through this area.
  3. Music as provided by the teenagers, keep things hopping.
  4. Food out on the water is essential and keeps everyone happy.
  5. The boat works as well as a transport tool and it does and exploring rig.

Summary:

My kids had so much fun on our Skiff America.  It was very rewarding for me as the builder to see my kids having so much fun on a boat I built.  I’m very impressed by the design and functionality of this simple, affordable water craft.  We spent $9 dollars in gas for this excellent outing.  Amazing, just simply amazing.  Kilburn Adams, thank you for designing this most excellent boat!

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Skiff America at Hebgen Lake, MT.

Hebgen Lake is a beautiful, large mountain lake minutes out of West Yellowstone.  Jennifer and I spent Friday exploring this beautiful lake.

Check it out:

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The cabin offers tremendous wind protection with the front filler boards in place.  The lap trays worked extremely well for multiple uses.

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The No Feed Back Steering system allows you to steer by shifting your weight.  This makes it very handy when motoring.  

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Here I’m standing in the cabin footwell, steering by shifting my weight.  This was a lot of fun.

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Mountain Dew happens to be my preferred beverage of choice.  

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The front cushions provide a great place to kneel.

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The bow breastplate is a great place for observing wildlife.  We came upon several large pelican colonies.  

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First Mate takes her turn at the wheel.

What I learned:

  1. The boat is extremely versatile.
  2. You can steer from the wheel, or by standing in the cockpit or footwell and shifting your weight.
  3. The bimini is fast to deploy and a must have for sunny days.
  4. Lap trays are very handy for a variety of task when a built-in table is too big.
  5. I motored for 4.5 hours and burned approximately 5.5 gallons of fuel.

Summary:

This boat is going to be an excellent tool for exploring our mountain lakes.