And it Came to Pass…

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, completely cut out, that is nearly ready for assembly.  I simply ran out of 3/4 inch strips of Douglas Fir that I need to put it together, and I haven’t had time to bug my neighbor into ripping some more for me. Continue reading “And it Came to Pass…”

Bird Island II

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 course, she didn’t mention this to me until I was half way finished building Nephi’s Courage.  Otherwise, I would never have taken up sailing as a hobby.  Brooklyn (my oldest) is too busy for small boats, and Sam (the baby) is too small to be considered as crew.  So they didn’t go with us.  However, even when the Earl clan is down three members there are still enough of us to fill a Puddle Duck Racer and a Mouse Boat to the point where it is probably dangerous to sail. Continue reading “Bird Island II”

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

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 to find out that this particular weekend was chosen before KaeLynn got pregnant.  I wouldn’t know, however, as I am very bad at remembering dates.  I just know it was a long time ago.  At one point this trip was going to be a trip to the Scofield Scout Camp, at another point it was going to be a white water rafting trip. Continue reading “Scofield Reservoir Scout Campout (Wed Aug 29 to Sat Sept 1, 2015)”

Deer Creek Reservoir

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 scout trailer, and hooked it up to my big Dodge Van.  We then loaded the van up to the gills (12 passengers plus me driving) and headed for the dam.  We took two other mini vans as well.  Since you have to pay $10 per vehicle it was critical that we take as few vehicles as possible. Continue reading “Deer Creek Reservoir”

Bird Island

Even before I started building my first boat my girls were fascinated about the stories I told about visiting the various islands of Moses Lake, Washington, where I grew up.  Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around paddling, rowing, or sailing to Goat Herd Island or Marsh Island, and my girls were intrigued by the idea of following in my footsteps and visiting an island of their own. Continue reading “Bird Island”

Utah Lake State Park

For the second weekend in a row I was able to get my boats out on the lake.  Like last week all three of my littlest girls came along.  This time my son Zachary was able to come with us as well.  It was a lot of people for two small boats, but we made it work, and everyone had a good time.  In fact, I am not sure that taking my family boating in my small boats is not a perfect prescription for learning to get along with one another.  The kids were good to take turns on the mouse boat, and were all helpful with Stella.  We spent just over 4 hours out on the water, and everyone got along great. Continue reading “Utah Lake State Park”

First Boat Outing 2015

The stars finally aligned, and I got my boats out on the water for the first time this year. The day got off to an inauspicious start. Eliza had a bad cough, Abby wasn’t feeling well, and Stella, well Stella is always a little difficult.

However, Eliza and Abby have been dying to try the mouse boat, and I really wanted to see how the pdracer rowed.  So I figured that we could probably sneak down to the lake for just a bit.  I wouldn’t take the time to rig the pdracer for sailing. I would just throw the boats in the water and paddle around a bit. Continue reading “First Boat Outing 2015”

Mouse Boat One — Details

This last summer, while picnicking (and sailing) at Lake Cleveland we met a really nice family that let my children paddle some of their Lifetime “Wave Junior” kayaks. The kids had so much fun with these boats that I realized that I had to get one. Not only would this give the opportunity for the kids to captain their own vessels, but it would bolster support for more family outings to the lake. However, these plastic kayaks, cost upwards of $100 and they only hold one child apiece. With 5 children (and one on the way) getting Wave Juniors for everyone that was interested was going to cost way more than KaeLynn lets me spend on boating.

Besides, I sort of like building boats. Continue reading “Mouse Boat One — Details”