So a few months on .To be precise last Saturday I took Felix's canoe out thinking she'll be fine now....
and yes you guessed it she leaked like a sieve!
I had only gone about 20 yards when I noticed so I brought her back in and hauled her out with a good inch of water sloshing about.
I left her to dry and gave it some thought.
I am thinking it is probably due to the fact that I have left her drying so long over the summer.
With that in mind I have decided more varnish is in order so today I rubbed down the outside lightly just to lean off any duckweed really!
and then gave her a 14th coat on the outside.
Whilst I was varnishing I noticed the planks that seem to have the biggest gaps in the joins (and even these are pretty small less than 0.5mm !)seem to be the ones that are most often in contact with the water which bears out the theory that they get wet ,swell up, and then return to shape once they have dried leaving an even bigger gap between them with age.I suppose I should have varnished again before I put her in the water after such a long drying period.
So the quest for a dry canoe continues. Not that a bit of water bothes me but I do like to paddle without having to sponge every stroke.