Re: Taking the plunge . . .
- Hi King,
"Escargot" is one of my favorites of all the homebuilt designs out in
the universe. Of course when I first saw the design I knew that that
man-powered propeller wasn't for me. This is not canal country like
France or Britain which I believe the designer meant to take advantage
of but nevertheless there are many opportunities of canal travel not
too far from here. I opted to build my "Hawkeye" for that purpose but
maybe "Escargot" would have been the better choice.
"Escargot" has to be one of the most romantic manifestations of the
homebuilders art. Best of luck with your canal "barge" if I may call
it that. If you are in the east you should most definitely make
yourself familiar with the Trent-Severn system of canals in Ontario,
Canada. If you wish I will loan you my "Trent-Severn Waterway Small
Craft Guide" or you could get your own from the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Canada.
--- In bolger@y..., king@c... wrote:
> I loved building my Escargot. Nice to be that involved in creating
> I didn't keep track of price... but after perhaps $900 on plywood
> alone... and all that epoxy... oh boy. Probably have $4000 to
> into boat with new outboard... new trailer. But I agree with the
> person who talks of spreading the cost out. Also... to get a boat
> such as this made by someone else would cost three to four times as
> And the only problem after all that.... is I learned a great deal.
> Well, that is great! But now I look at the boat and think... I wish
> I new THAT at the beginning.
> When you build your own boat... you will make mistakes. I made an
> error on the finishing of the boat... and didn't sand enough. Also
> learned that paint doesn't hide a thing. In fact, it highlights all
> imperfections! Next time I will sand for a few hundred hours more!
> The best thing about building this particular boat? My family loves