Posted by: fullandbye | October 22, 2005

warm october days

Volunteered again at the Center for Wooden Boats.
Spent a few hours prepping and varnishing the Whitehall 15′ that I have been working on the past few weeks.
Then came the prize.
The 21' traditional lapstrake skiff Dan about to go out for Sea Trials
The Dan traditional 21′ lapstrake rowing skiff was just re-launched this morning after several weeks on the hard. Naturally, after a boat is largely refurbished it needs a decent “sea trial” (by which I really mean, the people who worked on her deserve to mess about for a spell). So we pumped the water out of her (her strakes dried when she was on the hard, she will take less water after they swell with moisture). Then we dusted off her oars, cast off and rowed out into the middle of the lake.

My verdict: She is lovely, with clean lines and stable handling. Her oars are huge and sweep nicely. Her steering is intuitive and clean, and her narrow profile allows her to cut through chop without so much as a creak. She is remarkably stable for something so narrow; with five aboard (a full crew) we took a few broadsides and hardly pitched. She also smells nice; of pine pitch, linseed oil and turpentine (the ingredients of boat juice). I want to take her out again.

I have three boat hours right now. I accumulate one hour of free boat rental for every three hours of volunteering. Who all is interested in crewing her sometime?



  1. I’m all for boating. The last times I was on boats were my trip. A small canoe up the Mississippi, and a sail around Lake Eerie. Both were awesome.
    Hike, as well.

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