Betty held two passengers really well. Gary Ladd's idea of handles for a rear rider were enormously popular.
She carries a tremendous load as well
And rocks out in the rapids
And has a really cute butt
Billy and I are taking time out to repair the guitar with boatbuilding supplies. It took us three tries to get it
right wrong. But Billy swears it plays better than ever now. We call our new business the No Account Luthiers.
The Lava Falls team took her out in the eddy the night before for a couple practice flips. Just like when we tried her with a minimal load this spring, the high arched turtle-decks make it almost impossible for even one person to get atop her before she rolls up again. She just hates to be upside-down.
She made it through Lava just fine, surviving the trip without a ding. What a fine craft she is, at 45 years old. Betty's only drawback is she is not set up for sleeping, but a new deck arrangement could fix that. I reckon we'll be building a few copies of this hull style shortly.