Friday, June 22, 2012

One Down, One to Go.

My kayak is complete, as of last night. I finished up the deck rigging and took a few pics before it was too dark to do so. Brian's should be done by the end of next week. We may not get to splash them till almost a month from now, though. Our weekends are looking pretty booked.

my kayak is done, now to finish up the other one and get 'em on the water

my kayak is done, now to finish up the other one and get 'em on the water

my kayak is done, now to finish up the other one and get 'em on the water

my kayak is done, now to finish up the other one and get 'em on the water <.P my kayak is done, now to finish up the other one and get 'em on the water

Friday, June 8, 2012

An Update of the Kayak Sort

Since the last kayak update, both boats are stapled and stitched and I've got a single coat of polyurethane varnish on mine. Which I'm quite happy about. That means that we're only a few more work sessions away from splashing these things (get the marching band ready).

a single coat of polyurethane before we add the rubrails and coaming.

ironed, with a coat of varnish on the bottom, the following coats will be after i get the rubrails and cockpit coaming on

Monday, June 4, 2012

Valley Water Mill Park

Valley Water Mill Park

Sunday, before heading to some friends' house for a late afternoon BBQ, we took a little walk around Valley Water Mill Park . It's a park with walking trails and fishing piers on one of Springfield's oldest reservoirs.

Roly poly (pill bug) at Valley Water Mill Park

Grasshopper at Valley Water Mill Park

Grasshopper at Valley Water Mill Park

Bullfrog at Valley Water Mill Park

Valley Water Mill Park

Springfield has an abundance of interesting parks. Valley Water Mill, Sequiota, Nathaniel Greene, The Japanese Stroll Garden, Rutledge-Wilson Farm, Ritter Spring, the Ozark Greenway Trails, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, etc. The list goes on and on. There's really no shortage of cool places to take a kid to learn about nature. It just takes getting off your couch and turning off the TV.

Sailing Stockton Lake, Jun 2, 2012

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

Saturday, my wife Abby and I took a day away from the kiddo to go sailing. We drove an hour northwest of Springfield to Stockton Lake.

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

Stockton Lake covers roughly 39 square miles and has almost 300 miles of shoreline. It's pretty much THE sailing lake in the state. When you visit any of the marinas, there is an overwhelming number of masts sticking up. In sharp contrast to many of the other lakes in the area that I've been on. During the few hours we bobbed about in the sun, we could see 15-20 other sailboats on the lake, the entire time. A very welcome sight.

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

sailing, stockton lake, missouri sailing, stockton lake, missouri

Abby and I sailed out of Crabtree Cove Public Use Area. Probably not the best decision, since the wind was hitting us directly off the main lake channel. It took us some time to tack out to the middle, but it was fairly smooth going once we did. We experienced a few doldrum moments where the wind died altogether, but largely avoided paddling or sculling the canoe around.

The outrigger sailed better than expected with two aboard. Not quite as quick as solo, but still moved along nicely when the wind was up. It should do pretty well with myself and a couple of days worth of camping gear, later this summer.

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

sailing, stockton lake, missouri

On our way back to Springfield, we stopped at a small farm winery called 7 C's Winery, in Walnut Grove, Missouri. We did a tasting and bought a bottle of dry red. We plan to head back sometime soon, when they have live music. We're quite lucky to have little places like this in our area.

7 C's Winery

Friday, June 1, 2012

Back to the Kayaks

monogrammed

An update on the kayaks, my frame is completely coated in varnish and Brian's is skinned to a point. The skin has been stapled in place and the running stitches sewn in the ends, but the whip stitching will have to wait till Monday or Tuesday.

measured and cut out our fabric and started skinning last night

brian's kayak, being skinned

brian's kayak, being skinned

brian's kayak, being skinned

cutting off excess fabric

Photo May 31, 8 31 12 PM_s

cutting off excess fabric with a hot knife/wood burning tool

monogrammed

brian's kayak, being skinned

fully stapled

Brian is going with a darker, slightly brown tint and I'm going with whatever the varnish ends up giving me. Probably something akin to an opaque off-white or butter yellow.

color choices, mine on the left, brian's on the right

Brian also finished up his seat back.

brian's seat back