What you get when you build a boat
- Whilst on my poor knees the other day, drilling away on the subject of a future blog post, it occurred to me that -- despite the sore knees and aching back -- building this boat was the most fun I'd had in years. And I wondered why, why it was so much fun?
It surely isn't the boat itself, or the future of rowing and sailing it promises. If I'm honest, I don't particularly need a small boat to go sailing. I did plenty of sailing this summer on other people's boats.
No, it's not the destination of completing the boat, so much as the journey of building it. It's the thrill of the possibility. The high of anticipation. The first date with a band saw. That's what makes building boats so much fun for me.
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- For about 54 years, I was an unhandy guy. There was nothing I could do about it, it wasn't my fault, it was just the way my genes were wired.
So, while Helena could spend a pleasant afternoon refinishing our 100 year old iron windows -- scraping away rust, cutting glass to replace broken panes, and carefully puttying them in place -- my jobs were exercises in frustrating futility.
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- I've really been enjoying your Blog, John. I hope when you finish the
Cabin Boy you'll keep building Atkin boats. <g>
Have you seen Clem Kuhlig's book on building Cabin Boy? He really went
overboard trying to make the fanciest little skiff ever made -- and taking
the longest time to build one. <g> Not surprisingly, his next boat was a
Pocahontas, about the shippiest 12-footer ever designed... An interesting
On Thu, 05 Nov 2009 07:34:21 -0800, John A wrote:
> For about 54 years, I was an unhandy guy. There was nothing I could do
> about it, it wasn't my fault, it was just the way my genes were wired.
> So, while Helena could spend a pleasant afternoon refinishing our 100
> year old iron windows -- scraping away rust, cutting glass to replace
> broken panes, and carefully puttying them in place -- my jobs were
> exercises in frustrating futility.
> Read complete blog post:
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you
can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying
virtues. <Elizabeth Taylor>
> I've really been enjoying your Blog, John. I hope when you finish theI'm already thinking about the next one... Haven't decided to do the sensible thing and build a flat-bottom boat, like Shore Liner or Great Bear, or a V-bottom like Little Maid of Kent.
> Cabin Boy you'll keep building Atkin boats. <g>
Actually, I wish I could find an Atkin design that was:
- about 30' long
- aft-hung rudder
- big bowsprit
- gaff rigged cutter
That would be my ideal 'next boat'.
> Have you seen Clem Kuhlig's book on building Cabin Boy? He really wentI have it, along with all the other 'standard' boat building books. It's one of the reasons I chose Cabin Boy, but as I go along, I'm getting the idea that Clem liked to do things the hard way :-)
> overboard trying to make the fanciest little skiff ever made -- and taking
> the longest time to build one. <g> Not surprisingly, his next boat was a
> Pocahontas, about the shippiest 12-footer ever designed... An interesting
> book anyway...
I'm thinking more 'work boat' finish for mine... will probably finish the inside planking with linseed oil (I like that look), and I'm already prowling the woods, looking for a pine/spruce/fir tree that is just about the right size for the mast. I have a few candidates already... just waiting for winter to get the sap out, then it's for the chop :-)
> Not surprisingly, his next boat was aWow... I never noticed Pocahontas before. That is a really nice little boat and perfect for the kind of 'dingy cruising' that seems to be getting popular.
> Pocahontas, about the shippiest 12-footer ever designed...
- --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "JohnA" <jalmberg@...> wrote:
>George Buehler has a few . but I'd have more faith in an Akin Design
> Actually, I wish I could find an Atkin design that was:
> - V-bottom
> - about 30' long
> - double-ended
> - aft-hung rudder
> - big bowsprit
> - gaff rigged cutter
> That would be my ideal 'next boat'.
> -- John
> > Actually, I wish I could find an Atkin design that was:Huh... you must have read my mind. I like Juna, but would prefer an
> > - V-bottom
> > - about 30' long
> > - double-ended
> > - aft-hung rudder
> > - big bowsprit
> > - gaff rigged cutter
> > That would be my ideal 'next boat'.
> > -- John
> George Buehler has a few . but I'd have more faith in an Akin Design
I guess I could bend on the double-ended requirement, but I really
prefer an aft-hung rudder. I've got a friend who just spent 2 years
trying to fix his rudder after slamming it down on a rock and bending
the shaft. Quite a pain to fix. Plus, eventually I'd like to try to
build a self-steering system, and a trim-tab on an aft-hung rudder seems
to be the simplest system.
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- The other day, I realized I'd been bitten. Not by a dinosaur, but by something just as powerful and a lot more sneaky: the boat building bug.
I was building the stongback for Cabin Boy -- a kind of ladder-frame structure that is used to erect the molds. Compared to lofting and building the molds, putting together the strongback was simple, even for me. Obviously I didn't say so at the time... no sense tempting fate.
Nevertheless, while doing this pleasantly easy work, I had a few brainwaves left over and found myself day dreaming...
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- Man, The Tool Maker
"There is nothing particularly difficult about sailing," my friend John V. mused as we drove across Peconic Bay last weekend into a cold, 20 knot breeze. "But there are an enormous number of simple skills to be mastered."
At that particular moment, I was trying to master the skill of staying warm under the dodger, while John squinted into the wind like the Ancient Mariner, seemingly unaffected by the ferocious wind-chill factor...
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Man, The Tool Maker
- Some call them woodworking 'tricks', but I call them micro inventions -- simple, non-obvious inventions that some wood worker discovered hundreds or maybe thousands of years ago -- that are passed down from worker to worker because they are so darn useful...
Complete blog post: Micro Inventions