So – here’s the state of play on the last day of 2015 …..
After a small flurry of painting, Wee Rob is again stalled by the falling temperatures and awaits a second top coat in the cockpit. There are some things to be done in the winter chill though ….. the floorboards and paddle can be finished and oiled (Deks Olje – wonderful stuff!), and the ash bending stock could be cut and prepared ready to epoxy in place next spring. I’m overall quite pleased with how she’s looking and look forward to the final phases of the build ready for a spring launch.
Rushton’s IGO – I now have the plans and they’re OK, if a little “minimalist” compared to the sheaf of paper than comes with an Iain Oughtred design. She’s growing in my mind as I figure out how to translate the information I have, which is for the “non-traditional” method, including lots of epoxy and plywood frames, into the traditional process which doesn’t! But I’m making progress with that and am busily practising “hooked scarph joints” fixed with a combination of dowel pegs and sinew lashing. In fact the entire “low-tech” build of the IGO is independent of temperature (except of course for my tolerance of the cold garage!) and so could continue except that I don’t have the room to work on two hulls simultaneously. I can though prepare and prebend the stock for the gunwales, I can make up the stems and cut the temporary frames which will form the jig and I can cut the bending stock for the ribs, so no shortage of stuff to do through the rest of the winter.
Here’s a quote that snagged my attention. It’s from an article by one Paul Gartside in the current issue of Water Craft magazine, to whom my thanks. The article is about “an undemanding dayboat for less supple sailors” . That’s not the quote – this is, and it seems to me to sum up the direction in which I find my mind moving, whether it’s to do with photography, boatbuilding or, in anticipation, paddling my canoe. “And there we have it, the true gold of boating, the simple pleasure of being on the water is enough. I’ve always felt that to be true myself, competitive sailing is interesting for what it has to teach but somehow misses the point of it all.”
Happy New Year!