Maiden voyage of HMS Georgia-Pacific

We had an amazing time today, after finishing the canoe yesterday! As an added bonus, we didn’t sink!! Confidence-builder for sure.

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Maiden Voyage Google Photos Album


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Sailing the saw-horses!

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:




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Quick Canoe Update – Georgia Pacific!

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:

Most recent at bottom.


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Quick Canoe Update – Epoxy fun!

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.


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As always, here is the full album:


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From Temporary to Permanent

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:

Fair winds!


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Behold, a Quick Canoe being born!

After some issues with failing duct tape, and failing buttstraps (don’t ask!) We have a 3-D Canoe shape!

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Quick Canoe Build

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:


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Juanita joins the Family!

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!

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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!


— arthur

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Chillin’ on Sarasota Bay

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:

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Headed back on a beam reach:

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Please click on the short video below. Fair winds!

— Arthur and Sharon

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Eeyore to Cayo Costa 2016 – The Rest of the Story

For a larger version of the video, click the arrow in the upper right corner.

We had an amazing time on our trip. We hope you enjoy the video. Some things not included:

  1. We hiked across Cayo Costa (1 mile one way) to reach the only semi-private shower on the island. Sharon got to wash her hair  🙂
  2. The morning, before Sharon hooked the giant Tarpon, she caught a small catfish, but we threw it back. The Tarpon taking all the line made that the last of the fishing!
  3. Our companion boat going north in the ICW (I forget the name now) stuck with us through several bridges. At one point they strayed outside the channel, and went aground. I steered towards them to see what was going on, and the captain said over the VHF “I’m on the ground, man, don’t follow me!”. They managed to get off under their own power, luckily.
  4. On our sail in the Gulf, south to Boca Grand pass, we were blessed to see a sea turtle swimming close to the boat. That was a treat!
  5. We spent all of thursday in Pelican Bay and on Cayo Costa. Sharon snorkeled a bunch, while I followed (or towed her) in the Kayak

Hopefully Sharon will remember anything I’ve left out. Thanks for visiting!!



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