Thursday, January 31, 2008

This is the end...

I'll spare you all of the details (well, I'll spare myself anyway) but this was my latest project.

It's hard to give away a boat. I found that out the hard way. So this is what happened. I would have cried if it wasn't so physically hard (and far away from my house).

This is the 'before' picture. 24' sailboat (needing a little work).

Here are the 'after' pics. 10 hours of hard work, by myself.

I hope to at least have a canoe one day. The romance of sailing away from it all still lives within me. Kent may have WV, but I long for the open ocean. I guess I'll have to start playing the lottery.

This process was like taking apart a jigsaw puzzle where you couldn't see the lines of the pieces. I know more about fiberglass construction (and the affect it's DEstruction has on your body) than I ever wanted to know.

I mourn. My hands are numb from the saw.

3 Comments:

At 10:48 PM, Blogger gwadzilla said...

death by saws-all

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

Mike,

That is one of the saddest thing I've seen in a while. The same feeling I got when they destroyed that sailboat in that crappy Tom Green movie.

This October I worked on my new sailboat but it went in the opposite direction. Here are the pictures in case you're interested.

Just remember this quote: "There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does." -- Allan Villiers

Best,
Damon

 
At 5:41 PM, Blogger CityBikesMike said...

Thanks Fodge.

Looking good. Let me know when I can help you pull lines. I still have the main, jib and spinnaker if you need some canvas.

mike

 

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