I pulled the temporary thwarts out and moved the canoe off the strongback over the weekend. Probably a bit of a mistake on the thwarts, as the keel stinger hogged some when I did it. I'm attempting to correct that. I fashioned a long "plug" from the same stringer material that tapers thin on either end and I lashed it below the keel line. It fills the void created by the bow and stern sloping down and the keel line is back to being straight. I also plan to put in a slightly wider thwart/mast step to hold the wales out a little wider, in hopes it pulls the ends back up some.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Whatever. First ride on the new Brooks B17 Imperial saddle. So far, so good. Only did about 10.5 miles, though.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I managed to lash up the stems yesterday and get the gunwales mostly done before running out of time and artificial sinew. It's starting to look pretty boat shaped, now.
I got to captain the boat for most of the day.
Winds were about 12MPH, gusting slightly above at times.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Last night, with the help of my friend Kevin B., I got to test out the new paint job on the Dave Gentry "Lanui" skin-on-frame SUP. Happy to report that it kept out water much better than before, with no noticeable taking on of water, whatsoever.
We paddled from the boathouse at Lake Springfield Park to Hwy. 65 and back, with a side trip up into Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
A few weeks back, a fellow boat nut named Christophe contacted me via WoodenBoat Forum and asked if I was still trading coffee-related paintings and drawings for donations to my friend Tom Billionis' family memorial fund. I said I was and he said he'd donate to it for a sketch in coffee of his friend Cap'n Jon's Phoenix III "Two Hearted". (The above painting was done with espresso from The Coffee Ethic, Tom's shop.)
I decided to surprise Christophe with a second sketch, one of his Sea Pearl 21 "Scout". Generosity for generosity and all that. :)
Christophe also runs one of my favorite sailing blogs, one I check quite frequently. There's never a shortage of aquatic adventure over there.
Monday, June 13, 2016
This past weekend, we went up to the Jefferson City area to spend a couple days on our friends' family farm. They had a swimming pond with rope swings and slides, plus a swimming pool, as well as 40 acres of land to play on. We goofed around in the sun, fished for catfish, caught toads/frogs, fed hogs, chickens and sheep, gathered eggs, rode ATVs, etc. Had an absolute blast.
I gave this to the owners of the farm before leaving. I took half an hour Saturday and sketched the view out back of the house.