Boxcar, my old San Juan punt, found a new owner as well–Tse Kooh Outfitters on the San Juan. Here is Dawn saying farewell.
With all the boat movement I thought it might be a cool time to put my silly little sailboat on the market. Blam. Gone.
It’s really great to see these boats heading to folks who’ll get them out of storage and onto the rivers where they belong.
Vladimir came by and we built a Viking Funeral raft for his Granddad’s ashes. VK the First designed many seminal rafts in his day, and this one is his Avon Spirit. The frame is one of his fiberglass inventions which wasn’t quite as awesome as the boats. But hey.
When there’s a sign-painter on the premises. you gotta paint signs.
Lots of oarmaking and oar leathering for the Doryaks this month as well. Here’s James out at Galaxy Sales cutting oarstop leather for us with his fancy leather cutting gizmo.
Some of the leather gets turned into patterns for boat parts.
And cast into bronze. Hot stinky fiery bronze casting–always a fun way to spend the day. And the best breastplate ever.
Custom washers for the Jaguar.
The Jaguar, by the way, is coming along nicely, although life keeps getting in the way of our normal frenetic speed. But we’re still ahead of schedule to be ready for Jag’s first Grand Canyon trip in three weeks. Woot woot!
Even though I am not a real fiberglass guy or surfboard repairman, odd things come by that I occasionally decide to try and deal with. Like this snapped-in-two paddleboard. Damn, that’s really screwed up.
But splint it straight, then go with a bit of epoxy in the broken styrofoam, a bit of filler, and a styrofoam patch should get us back in business pretty quickly, right? One step forward.
Um, not if you use fast epoxy and it gets all hot and melts the guts out of the board. Damn. Two steps back.
Okay, cut a way bigger styrofoam patch, then glue and fill with something that doesn’t get hot.
Way mo better. Trim and sand.
Then glass it with ever-so-slow-kick resin.
Fill and sand.
Paint it, send it home, and put a “closed forever” sign on Fretwater Surfboard Repairs.