I recently completed an extensive refurbishment of my Night Heron strip-built created back in 2012...which was looking quite beat up.
This Night Heron has served me well and paddles beautifully...especially for distance work. The hull is the original design per Nick's drawings. And the deck is custom to take some queues from the Petrel....and to fit me and my paddling style which needs a bit of knee bend.
As I mentioned in the title, the boat was pretty beat up and the glass had been repaired multiple times and was really not salvageable any longer.....I was a bit short of confidence and time on the effort, so as part of this project, we commissioned Joey Schott of Turning Point Boatworks to pull all the old e-glass glass off, re-stain it with a new redder color (Behlens Blood Red) and re-skin it with 4 oz s-glass. From there I took over with five coats of varnish and brand new rigging.
Other features of this boat include a skeg kit from superior kayaks and soft-loop rigging. The colored bungee is 'neon green' and provides a nice 'snap' against the dark red. In this version of the boat, I also went with a wet varnish finish. The original was done with polished varnish, and while an amazing look when it was initially applied, was very difficult to touch up for the routine scratches and stuff that happens on a boat that is used a lot.
Anyway, with a bit of love, amazing how these boats can keep on going.