Winter Camp: February 2016

Feb 9, 2016 | | Say something

We decided that a warm up winter camp was a good idea this year.  Not only would this allow us to get in another camp out during the winter time when things are normally pretty quiet, but it would also allow the boys a chance to test their gear and knowledge against a lower altitude location […more]

Lazy Weekend (Stem and Stern Pieces)

Feb 2, 2016 | | Say something
Before I was able to shape the stem and stern pieces I needed to know how long to make them.

This last Saturday I was finally hoping to put in another big day on the Lazy Weekend build.  However, it wasn’t meant to be.  Instead the family went to the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  Not that I am complaining.  That’s a pretty fun place, and it was a good day. I did however manage to […more]

Lazy Weekend (Day 1)

Jan 19, 2016 | | Say something
First cut is in the history books.

Last summer the older Scouts went on a 142 mile bicycle ride (and we floated the Colorado, but we did that as a ward, so it doesn’t count).  This year they want to go down to Lake Powell and go boat camping.  Of course, I am thrilled.  Adventures on the water are my favorite types […more]

And it Came to Pass…

Jan 18, 2016 | | Say something
Is it still a dream once you have plans, or does it then become a goal?

It has been pretty quiet on the boat front around here.  It has been too cold to actually go boating, and I have been too busy to build a boat for some time.  I have an article, mostly done, about some leeboard repairs that I have been working on.  I also have a second mouse boat, […more]

Mast Repair (Part II)

Oct 26, 2015 | | Say something
Closer inspection shows that it is merely a groove where the Spectra line is digging into the soft sawdust/wheat flour/paste concoction that the top of my mast is now comprised of.

A few weeks ago, I repaired the top of my mast.  The fix was pretty straightforward, I took a bit of Titebond II, some sawdust and some wheat flour and used it to replace a big chip out of the top of my mast.  I then wrapped the whole thing with Fibatape and glued that […more]

Bird Island II

Oct 19, 2015 | | Say something
We only stopped on Bird Island long enough to take a picture.  Abby had fallen and hurt her hand, and all of the kids were wet and cold.

I really wanted to get in one more sail boat outing before winter set in.  And so when the opportunity to go sailing presented itself on Saturday I jumped at the chance.  Even better, most of the Earl crew decided that they wanted to go with me.  KaeLynn (my wife) doesn’t like small boats.  Of […more]

Mast Repair

Oct 14, 2015 | | Say something
Fixing the mast would have been much easier if we could have recovered the chunk that fell out.  Unfortunately that piece must have fallen out of the trailer.  Luckily the lag screw did not fall out.  I could have bought another screw, of course, but there would have been a sharp metal bit out on the road somewhere waiting to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting.

As I mentioned in my article on the camping trip to Scofield Reservoir, I broke the top fitting on my mast in the trailer on the way up to the camp site.  It was, of course, my own fault.  I was in too big a hurry packing up the trailer.  We were behind schedule and […more]

Scofield Reservoir Scout Campout (Wed Aug 29 to Sat Sept 1, 2015)

Sep 22, 2015 | | Say something
Overview of Scofield Reservoir with the approximate locations of our campground, Cort's cabin, and the island where most of our nautical adventures took plance.

I had some camera issues this trip, so this post will be mostly text.  That is unfortunate, because there were a lot of really cool memories that probably need a picture. First of all, some background.  I had been planning a trip this particular weekend for over a year.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised […more]

My Phone Walked the Plank

Jul 17, 2015 | | Say something

OK, the title of this post is perhaps a little misleading.  My phone did not actually walk the plank.  It just got a little wet. Perhaps an explanation is in order. I have a Michalak-style rowing box to go with my Michalak-style oars.  I created a cinch-down strap for it, and a tether that I […more]

Deer Creek Reservoir

Jul 6, 2015 | | Say something

Yesterday (July 1, 2015) we took the young men and young women of our ward to Deer Creek Reservoir to goof around in the lake there.  We borrowed a three small plastic kayaks from Brother Barsdorf and I took my mouse boat and PDRacer.  We threw all of this gear in the back of the […more]