Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

It's been a week and a half since the messabout, but I've had very little time to do an actual writeup about the three day small craft boating event. The event, like last year's, was informally hosted by myself and Gene Berry. Gene doing most, if not all, of the leg work on the campground, posting info and organization. We had visitors from as far away as Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas and various other parts of the Midwest. Some new friends, some old. It was a lot of fun.

Friday the 10th rolled around and I threw my camping gear in the Subaru and piled some boats on top to head to Stockton Lake, an hour from Springfield, MO.

This year I wasn't bringing a sailboat, as I sold my Sea Pearl 21 last summer and gave away my Wa'apa outrigger a month ago. I did have three skin-on-frame options. My daughter's Kidyak Kayak, my Chuckanut 12 and the freshly minted Lanui SUP. All of which are Dave Gentry designs.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

I reached the lake about 2:30pm and barely had my boats off of the car roof before being pulled onto a sailboat. Michael enlisted me as a (very lazy) crew member and I (sort of) helped man the jib when tacking his O'Day Daysailer.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

We were in the company of Gene's PD Goose "Andy's Junk", Daryl's Welsford Tread Lightly, Craig's Michalak Wooboto, John's sailing canoe and Frank's production boat that I completely forgot the make of. He normally brings a 24' Wa'apa outrigger, but he and his wife Carol were sleeping onboard the big boat this year. Dale later showed up with his Dovekie, Bruce with his PD Racer and Eugene with a large Michalak design that I can't remember. It was a busy weekend.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

I spent quite a bit of time in Daryl's Swampscott Dory, it was a blast to row and I really want to build a rowboat. Kicking around several ideas at the moment.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

With the lake about 8-9 feet above normal, we were pushed off of the beach campsites we'd originally reserved. It also put us beached a little further up in the cove than before. That lent the event well to the paddle craft I brought with me. There were no shortage of takers when I offered to loan out my boats. My wife and daughter even made it up for Saturday. My wife, not much of a boat person, really liked the SUP and my daughter was expertly tooling around in her kayak after a few hours practice. The SUP is really stable. At one point I had myself and three kids on the deck of it and it paddled fine.

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Again, a great weekend. Good to be out in the company of like-minded boat nerds for a change. It's often just me and my thoughts and interests with no one to share them. Messabouts let me open up and talk about boats without worry of boring or annoying everyone in the vacinity. It's pretty cool. :)

Stockton Lake Messabout 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boom! Done! One SUP Finished!

Aaaand... done!

I still plan to put quarter turn deck plates in at some point and maybe paint some pin striping, as well as fashion a quant pole for poling the shallows and a crate for the rear deck with PVC pipe fishing rod mounts, but for the moment, she's done should be ready for the lake this coming weekend. Finally!

Skeg

Sketching shapes on the SUP paddle blank. I think I'm going to roll with the angry spear tip shape, even if it might not be as efficient. It just looks like more fun.

A little further along.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cultivating the Inner Hillbilly Dadness

When I was a kid, dads smoked pipes. That's what my dad did, also my uncle and several of their friends. Anytime we went hunting, fishing, whatever, if it was outdoors, there was a pipe clenched in someone's teeth.

I don't smoke a pipe very often, it's usually just when on a camping trip and maybe every so often when puttering around the garage and working on boat projects, but when I do, it's almost always a corncob pipe. I've gotten pretty into the Missouri Meerschaum cobs. Especially the Rusticob versions by Aristocob. They're cheap, kinda purdy and quite nostalgic for me. As a kid, I would see the cheaper model MM pipes heaped in bins at tourist traps around the Lake of the Ozarks and the Branson strip, when visiting my grandmother for the summer. They were kitsch, but part of the Ozarks hillbilly persona.

Now that I'm a dad and I've been back in the Ozarks for over 20 years, part of that hillbilly thing has seeped back in somewhat, pushing the Florida boy aside. You can't spend 20 years in the woods, hills, streams and lakes around southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas without putting a little banjo and mandolin in your heart and soul.

My recent acquisition: Aristocob Rusticob Great Dane Egg Straight

Aristocob Rusticob Great Dane Egg Straight. The newest of my slightly hillbilly Missouri Meerschaum corncob pipe collection.

My current collection: The three on the left are from Aristocob, part of their Rusticob line. Top down, Great Dane Egg Straight in Caramel, Diplomat Apple Bent in Red, Country Gentleman Straight in Brown. On the right, two pipes directly from Missouri Meerschaum - The Dwarf Cobbit and a Country Gentleman Bent.

Missouri Meerschaum Corncob Pipes - Aristocob Rusticobs on the left.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

To Skin a SUP

I've begun skinning my Lanui SUP. I've made a couple mistakes on it, but nothing fatal. Hoping to have it sewn, ironed and heading towards varnishing by week's end.

To skin a SUP

Monday, June 1, 2015

There Went the Wa'apa Outrigger

The outrigger canoe went to a new home today. I have no sailboat for a change, but I have room to build a new one.

I gave away my Wa'apa outrigger. A friend of mine that runs Lindberg's Bar on Commercial Street picked it up yesterday afternoon. I helped him go through the setup a bit, the canoe itself is only about 75% sail ready at the moment. It'll need some work, but he has the book I built it from.

This opens up my garage for other things, projects, boats and general puttering. I'm sad, but excited.

Adios, amiga! You'll be missed!

2012 Sail Oklahoma Messabout - my Wa'apa outrigger canoe

2012 Sail Oklahoma Messabout - my Wa'apa outrigger canoe

sail oklahoma messabout 2012

High res pics of what I posted yesterday.

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Sailing Stockton Lake, Missouri, 9-15-2012

Finally got a good sail in.

Finally a decent test sail!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Balsa Fleet

I've given a few models to my kid to play with and a few have had a Viking funeral in the backyard fire pit, but here is the balsa model fleet at this date.

The current balsa fleet. Some boats have been given to my kid as toys, others a Viking funeral in the backyard fire pit.

In sort of book read order: P3 Proa (tiny, 3 meter proa), Gary Dierking Wa'apa Proa 16, Welsh Coracle, Greenland Kayak, Cajun Pirogue, Glen Simmons Glades Skiff, Jim Michalak Jonsboat and an Ozarks Johnboat built from a description on the Greene County Library website, a backup issue of Bittersweet Magazine.