After a little over a year of hard use and lots of enjoyable paddling, it is time to fix some of the problems I created during my first build. Not sealing the wood with epoxy completely and using Gorilla Glue to make the splices caused some problems that only time made came to light.
This is my Laker when first completed.
After a year or so of use, she is looking a little worse for the wear
She doesn't look too bad until you take a closer look
The first spot is from saltwater intrusion through some gaps in the epoxy.
The second and third shots are where the bulkhead behind the seat is. It is a sealed bulkhead. I can only assume that moisture seeped in and caused the mildew. Because there is no ventilation, the moisture could not get out. Since I stored my Laker on the top of my truck for most of it's life, the Florida sun took quite tole on the epoxy.