Oh dear, what have I started?
More explanation will hopefully help. I own an old pickup truck which I drive around in CT. My son would like to have it, he lives in Oregon. I would like to visit with the good folks at the Ozark Rendezvous once more before I am hauled off to the nursing home. So…two birds, one stone. Trouble is that the boat for Ozarks will end in Oregon. That set me looking for a beater since I do not want to leave behind one of my favorite boats. I found/bought the Vermont described in the original post.
When I got it home I launched in the pond behind my house for a quick trial. I was solo sitting backward in the front seat. My initial impression was that the boat was too hard to turn to serve for the Ozark outing - the venues there are not difficult, but some maneuvering is required.
The boat is currently in the garage with the furniture out for varnishing. When it goes back together it will also get a kneeling thwart. The 10 day forecast calls for temps in the 40s so it looks as though I will get another chance to try it before we ice up for good. When I do I will leave my wallet and cell phone in the house, stay close to shore and and will paddle the boat forward from the kneeling thwart. I will heel the boat until it turns or I go for a swim and then report back. Stay tuned.