I made it to the BOAT SHOW.
I did make it. For a couple of months now I have worked with renewed enthusiasm with the show at the Center for Wooden Boats as my goal. There were several times, as recent as last week, that I had decieded NOT to go. My main reason was that I figured my boat was just not built to a high enough standard. My learning curve got me down.
Luckily I went. I was in great company. I did a fine job on the boat, as good as all the other amateur boat builders. I also had great comments and enthusiasm from many of the show goers.
My wife made some beautiful quilted pillows for the boat. They are works of art worthy of any showcase home. We also put in lace valances in the cabin windows and some odds and ends of rag rugs on the cabin floor. On the front deck we put out two long flower pots with Nicotiana in them, alongside a beautiful green enamal watering can and some of our kereosene lanterns. Around the cabin we put out Tibetan prayer flags in red, blue, yellow, and green.
The designer of the boat, Phil, was there. He said we he saw me walk out the door of his house with my new plans… he knew that the boat wouldn’t get built. Something about my situation and lack of experience I guess. I think he was pleased I was so happy with the boat. He seemed to have no problems with the raising of the cabin roof or most of the other minor changes. He did think the straight line of the side rail was a mistake. I can see his thought, but, to be honest, I think it looks a little better that way! All subjective. You can compare for yourself by looking here at the original, and here for my boat.
Interesting story. Phil told me that the one in England, here, was built with paid labor. In the end it cost about $27,000! Mine cost maybe $5600 with trailer and motor. At most it was $6300… I didn’t keep track. Amazing.
Will write more later… of Captain Bill and Mary and Rick and all.
You know….. forget any thoughts of ego for a moment. Forget any thoughts of bragging, or of fear of what others will think of the boat you may build….
It is a wonderful feeling to be drifting off to sleep in a boat you made. The sound of the waves gently lapping against the boat. The gentle rocking…. lying on your back and looking at the stars above through the hatch. It is a unique feeling. A great feeling. And with one of my children asleep at my side… tired from the days adventures… tired from visiting with delightful people like Captain Bill and Mary… tired from meeting new people with their Chris Crafts, their 8 foot dinghies, and all in between.. You forget about the things you should have done, you forget about the mistakes, you forget about the praise. … it is a warm feeling… nice feeling. A sense of peace and just being right somehow.
Alex sits with our new friends Bill and Mary who have Joshua, a “replica” of sorts of the Joshua Slocum boat, Spray.
A couple of random thoughts. No Bolger boats, not one. Nothing even remotely like it. Most boats were rebuilt classic boats. The only scratch built boats were to very traditional designs.