Time for a little boatbuilding philosophy

I have given my dad a subscription to Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Magazine for several years. Recently he sent me a couple quotes he took from an article in the recent issue (I believe the editor’s note from the March 2012 edition). Behold:

The desire to build a boat is one of those that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky, so you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom… To build one’s own craft is to trade a certain kind of practicality for personal satisfaction. And to build with natural materials is also in a way to make a statement about yourself and how you want to relate to the world – to be thought of as part of the world, rather than an imposition on it.

Needless to say we here at Chine bLog can completely get behind this sentiment. In the run-up to building the Peace Canoe PEACE OF THE PUZZLE I had convinced myself that there was no way I could build a boat in the coming years. I was getting by via visits to the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and shutting any further dreams out. When the idea to build a Peace Canoe started to germinate, and, more importantly, the path to do so emerged, the concept went from that “serene cloud” phase to the “I am buying lumber TODAY!” phase in about 3 hours. OK, fine, 3 days, but you get the drift. I was absolutely hooked on making that boat come to life in my back yard from the moment I realized I could.

Likewise, my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN emerged out of many desires, with a statement of my identity being a more important one than I, at first, realized. I wanted to have this boat because it would be completely unique and would be an unequivocal testament of my personal design aesthetic (what I have written about elsewhere as fusion of tradition) and boating philosophy (small and naturally-powered, please, and suitable for at least light voyages). The boat represents what I wanted in a boat, but also very much something I needed to say.

Nice words from a nice publication.

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