Back to sailing! And pardon the alliteration 🙂
Finally got back to Florida, and we were able to go sailing this weekend! Sharon, Adam, Bekah and I had a good time sailing for a couple hours in the bay, after having to do some remote work from the club porch for a client back in Missouri. We had a great time, but I’m not sure we got any pictures! Sorry about that.
We left the boat in the water at the NEW floating dock for the night, and the next day (Sunday) I went back up by myself. I was able to get about 3 hours of sailing in, solo, and learned alot about Juanita. The main thing I learned is that she sails GREAT! No offense to Eeyore, but there’s just very little comparison. I am thrilled!
Here is the google Album:
We had an amazing time today, after finishing the canoe yesterday! As an added bonus, we didn’t sink!! Confidence-builder for sure.
Click below for the full Album
Maiden Voyage Google Photos Album
Finally, everything is together!! I couldn’t resist, and climbed aboard Georgia-Pacific while she was still on the saw-horses:
Tomorrow, time to remove any temporary screws, flip ‘er over, shape the skegs, and start filling screw holes, and epoxy sealing. Or maybe I should cut the grass, or clean the kitchen? Nah….
Full album here: https://goo.gl/photos/jsCHhc8jSMVngF2X9
I’ve decided to name the canoe “Georgia-Pacific”. 100 points to the first Hogwarts house that guesses why – no fair if you already know because I told you 🙂
Here she is with ALMOST all the parts dry-fitted if not already glued.
Full album: https://goo.gl/photos/jsCHhc8jSMVngF2X9
Most recent at bottom.
Two nights ago I completed the epoxy fillets on the inside of the hull – effectively permanently gluing the ply in place. Yesterday, after the fillets were good and cured, I flipped the canoe over. I took all the duct tape, screws, and finishing nails out/off. I then used the plane to cut any overhang of the bottom-side joint down. Then I spent most of the rest of the time yesterday, hanging tarp “walls” so I can work in the rain. It isn’t raining yet, but it will be by the weekend!
Tonight, I got the chines and stems glass/epoxy taped.
As always, here is the full album:
Finished the epoxy fillets tonight. For you lilly-livered landlubbers, that means the main part of the boat is glued together for good (I hope)!
As usual, the updated, full photo album is here:
After some issues with failing duct tape, and failing buttstraps (don’t ask!) We have a 3-D Canoe shape!
See the whole album (and keep visiting for updates) here:
At the end of the Summer, for the last few years, I get kind of down. My kids go back to school, my wife goes back to Florida (and work), and I’m left alone for a while. I’m kind of a loner anyways, but it’s a very abrupt transition, and it often leaves me depressed for a while. Well, a good friend and I went on a wonderful overnight canoe camping trip last year. We rented canoes. It was kind of expensive. This year, he has his own canoe, and I determined I would, too, before our trip. Our trip is in about 3 weeks, we’re expanding to two nights, and I’m building my own canoe – from plans by Michael Storer from Austrailia. Now, I have something to keep me busy during this adjustment! Here is a Google photos set of the progress so far:
And here is where we went last year, and where we are going again this year:
Since we have decided to sell Eeyore (the Montego 20 that we keep at Sarasota Sailing Squadron), we’ve had a logistical problem. We want to upgrade to a little larger boat, especially for when the kids are with us sailing. The Balboa 24 fits that bill – but it’s in Missouri. Worse, it’s on a very nice painted steel trailer, that I REALLY don’t want to introduce to salt water. So, we were facing the prospect of finding a galvanized trailer for the Balboa, and hauling it to Florida.
Along came Juanita!
Juanita is a 1978 San Juan 23, on a nice I-beam dual axle galvanized trailer. She showed up on Craigslist at a price we couldn’t refuse. Best of all – she’s ALREADY at the SSS!
More pictures, etc… to come. We are excited!
Sharon and I found ourselves with a little time and weather to go sailing “one last time” on Eeyore last Saturday. Here’s how it went down:
We left Sarasota Sailing Squadron around noon or so, sailed up the bay until the ICW entrance, and then found a nice little swimming spot to anchor out and relax for a bit:
Headed back on a beam reach:
Please click on the short video below. Fair winds!
— Arthur and Sharon