Rowboat #17 was developed over the course of 5 years. I had built 16 models to evaluate performance and ease of building. The main purpose was for pleasure rowing with my dogs Rowdy & Nala. The open bow and stern is very useful for easy accessibility, self bailing and with a “Tail-Gate” transom can accommodate a wheel chair. The model in 1/6 scale was loaded with 3-Lbs, submerged and would return to the surface, self-bailing all water. In the full size version, this should be approximately 650-Lbs. Testing and refinement will continue in spring.