On the water at the Center for Wooden Boats: Lake Oswego Boat and Wood’s Hole Sprit Boat

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Some “shuckie darns” business travel recently: back to Seattle, which means, yes, more visits to the Center for Wooden Boats, which I praised a bit back. I got in two visits and availed myself of a row and a sail. Both were great.

Lake Oswego Boat

It had been a long time – a frighteningly long time – since I had bent the oars of a really nice pulling boat. I decided to put a fork in that lousy streak. I had noted in one of my prior posts the Lake Oswego boat, a pretty Finnish-by-way-of-Oregon rowing boat. I took her out for a spin Seattle over the transom of Lake Oswego Boat and really enjoyed it – very light and smooth. Nice oars too.

As I was taking her out I couldn’t help but notice a guy making a fuss in my direction. I guessed he was not expressing amazement at my skills with a couple spoon blades. I met him later and it turns out he was bummed I had beaten him to the boat – he really wanted to take it out. I am telling you, this place rocks.

Wood's Hole Sprit Boat

The next night I went for a sail, choosing another Northwest transplant from my home waters: The Wood’s Hole Sprit Boat. Some info:

This vessel is native to the waters of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It was originally used by fishermen and can be easily rowed as well as sailed. Particular to this boat are the spar going from the tack to the peak, called the “sprit”, and the loose footed mainsail.

Wood's Hole Sprit Boat - end-on

Great sail. Look, this isn’t the speediest thing that came down the pike, but it sailed nicely nonetheless. It was cool to sail the sprit for a while. And it couldn’t have been a nicer couple nights to be on the water.

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