I know you’ve probably given up on “The Front” by now, but I’m back to try to redeem myself. I mentioned a while back what a poor multi-tasker I am, so if I’ve ignored “The Front”, you must know I’ve been immersed in a major project. So…finally…after about one year on the middle burner and six months on the front, turned on high, we are ready to release (drum roll) the Cooper, a totally new boat! Marketing folks are always tempted to call something totally new when it’s only a minor revision to the original. But this is not marketing hype. This is an entirely new boat! There are three major points that differentiate Cooper: size, assembly and weight. At 16 1/2′ X 24″, Cooper borders on skinny by our standards. The frame is completely assembled, including seat, slipped into the skin, and then expanded with a simple tensioning mechanism that elongates the frame at the stern. By using a lighter weight TPU (thermoplastic urethane) material for the hull and keeping the frame simple, the whole boat is amazingly light at 31.5 lbs.
At this point, you have the highlights of the Cooper and may stop reading. Technogeeks stay tuned. My next entry will include all the mind-numbing details and philosophical reasons for the Cooper’s design.