Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday Lake Day

Loaded to head to Table Rock Lake this morning.

Sunday I loaded up the little pram dinghy and the whole family went to the lake for the day. We met a coworker of my wife's down at Table Rock Lake. He has a good size cruiser boat in the Port of Kimberling area and we tooled around in it for a few hours. Baking in the sun.

It was my two-year-old daughter's first boat ride. I haven't been comfortable enough with my tiny boat's capabilities to take her out just yet, even though she's had a lot of interest. The 30+ foot cruiser was much better for her first outing. She had a lot of fun and only cried when I capsized my little sailboat in the heavy winds and when she took a tumble into the open cruiser cabin door. It scared us more than her and she was back to singing and laughing while "steering" the big boat, in no time.

The lake level was really high. We've had a lot of wet weather this Spring. I rowed out to the dock through trees that are normally quite far from the water's edge.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Itching to get out on the water...

Too cold and gusty to sail today, I opted to row around Springfield Lake for an hour and a half.

I went for a short row in the Bolger Elegant Punt this past Sunday. The water being in the low sixties (F) and the air in the mid fifties with 15-20 mph winds, it was too cold and gusty to sail. So, I opted to just give my arms a bit of exercise.

I rowed from the James River/Springfield Lake access close to Highway 65, down past the Springfield Nature Center and around the boathouse area and then back up to the starting point. There are several cool A-frame homes along this stretch, tucked in along the bluff line. I also saw plenty of wildlife - blue herons, yellow finches, red-winged black birds, martins, Canada geese, etc.

Rowing two miles in the pram was fun, but a lot of work. It's a pig on the water and rows about like the turtle it resembles, upside down. The wind switched directions around the time I turned back and I had to row against the wind, both directions. Makes me wish for a simple, yet sleek, rowing design. Maybe another boat for the list of future builds.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A couple recent sketches

One is a Caledonia Yawl, drawn for a fellow named Chris on WoodenBoat Forum. And the second is St. Mary's Church, Enniskerry, Wicklow, Ireland. Drawn for my wife's friend Brandy, she and her fiance are getting married there in June.

Caledonia Yawl

St Mary's Church, Enniskerry, Ireland