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A Boating Evolution

There is no perfect boat, and that is the way I like it.  I enjoy the design and building of boats as much as using them.  Each boat can be customized for the circumstances in which it will be used.  What tools and materials are available; what building space will be used; how will it be stored; how will it be transported; how will it be propelled; what is the intended use; what is the budget; what is the time allotted; how big is the intended water it will be used on; what will be the expected weather; and how important is esthetics?  These are only some of the questions to ask.  And it helps to be obsessed; a sane person would just buy a boat.

A Boating Evolution

Transfers for past military assignments, in addition to life’s typical moves, has ensured that Dawn & I would encounter a variety of boating circumstances. Designing and building a boat in Panama was perhaps the most challenging and rewarding.  Our little sailboat there allowed us to visit beaches and islands otherwise unreachable.

A Boating Evolution

Our current boat is #8 in the self-built series.  The goals were as follows: not more than 6’ wide (width of shop doorway), not more than 18 ½ feet long (length of standard trailer), light weight (modern wood/epoxy construction), fast enough for water skiing ( why not), all weather on protected waters (sufficient freeboard plus full canvas), able to carry approx. six persons (include friends), sun protection (bimini top), low maintenance (fiberglass cloth & epoxy exterior), fuel efficient (slender hull, light weight, new generation OB), and a unique look (raised foredeck).

A Boating Evolution

I admit to some impatience; sacrificing detail for a quicker building schedule, and focusing more on function than esthetics. Although neither antique nor classic, the result is custom, includes traditional features, and fulfills its intended uses well.  The heritage and craftsmanship of the beautiful mahogany runabouts of fellow members provides inspiration.  They embody a timeless concept that I hope to emulate.     

A Boating Evolution