Category Archives: Boating

To Row a Boat

….or Soon, Girl, Soon. Well, the weather is less than perfect for working outside today so I still haven’t installed the rowing unit in the Expedition Wherry but I did unpack the oars. Instead I took some time to clean up the blue room in the barn where my boat-building has ruled since late last […]

To Build a Boat Day….I don’t Know What Day

…or One More Day to Go. Well, I can retire the respirator and the Rosie’s coveralls. Only a few more minutes of work and she is ready to launch. (or lanch as we pronounced it when I was a kid) It has been a long journey of I don’t know how many days and it […]

Season Opener

….or The Song My Paddle Sings Well, as the coats of varnish go slowly onto the Expedition Wherry one by one I found time to pretty up and launch Paddle Song. Other than the workboats she was the first one in at the marina. No, I know, it’s not a competition. She looked pretty spiffy […]

Today’s Costume: Boatbuilder

…in which I get back to the business of building boats.   Just before I left last fall I put my unfinished boat to rest. I covered the windows to keep the winter sun off her and I made sure she wasn’t in under any of the spots which had previously leaked. I covered her up. […]

Travel-Blog #17

…..or up the creek with a paddle and a spare; a kayak review.  Skipper Judy here. I’m probably not the best person to give advice on a kayak. I have only tried several and none of them real expedition boats, but I can give you my impression of my new-to-me inflatable. Thirty years ago I […]

Boatbuilding 2

The wherry now has hatch holes; one forward and one aft. It took me half a day to work up to cutting them. It meant more work with a power tool and an error here would be most visible. I don’t think I drew a breath until they were finished. The cut-outs become the hatch covers. The […]

Back to Boatbuilding

…or how I’ve completely lost track of how long I have been building a boat. We returned from our trip to Virginia to find it was autumn on the river. The colours this year were at their best. I was keen to get back to boatbuilding. Before we left I epoxied the puzzle joints of […]

To Build a Boat (kit) day 29

 ♬ Tis the last rose of summer, Left bloomin’ all alone ♪ I love these late summer days. On Friday I was ever so tempted to take the kayak and the Hennessy Hammock tent and make a run for Keji.  It is a good thing that I am totally smitten with my new boat project […]

To Build a Boat (kit) day 25

….or I Did the Math. But that was yesterday so I need to do the math again. Sigh.    How can you not love a fresh wood shaving. They are mysterious, fun, and most useful. They remind me of every version of Pinocchio I ever read. But mostly they remind me of my father. When I was a […]

To Build a Boat (kit) day ?

…or Jane of All Trades, Master of Some (or Mistress of Some as the case may be) I’ve lost track of how long I have been building my watercraft. Days, weeks. It’s coming along nicely and with the second coat of epoxy on the hull it would now float were I to launch prematurely. It […]