Last night, after returning from dinner, I finished up the seam stitching on the bow and stern. Spent an hour or two making small “X”s along the edge where wood and two sides of the skin meet. Here’s a fact which I found surprising until I gave it a half second of thought: The polyester “skin” which is tough enough to endure a lifetime of seawater, sandy and rocky shores, the roof of whatever car I use to transport it – it turns out that this material is also tough to sew. Pushing that needle through four layers of weave, all in tension, took some serious effort. Yeah, I know – pretty obvious in hindsight. Luckily I had those leather gloves, so no bloody paws today.