Spring is springing here in metro-Washington, DC and the waters will soon be calling the fleet to them. I have been focused on the sailing rig for AL DEMANY CHIMAN, the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe. I gave a hint of this in a prior post. Since then, the sail arrived (yeah!) and it looks great. Its arrival forced me to get going on the spars, which I have done. I have ensured my mast is nice and straight and rounded it off [editor’s note: is there a better entry in the “boatbuilding phrases that sound dirty but aren’t?” category? Didn’t think so. Moving on…] and the boom is glued up and ready for similar treatment. I have built a chock for the steer-oar as well, which I will be fitting soon, I hope. Good progress, all told. Pictures soon.
I spent some of Easter afternoon painting the Peace Canoe, PEACE OF THE PUZZLE. I’ll be putting her on the market in short order. If anyone wants a hand-built, 18′ canoe, please let me know.