This months unfortunate work related diversions from my true calling of assembling a simple plywood box in the shape of a boat took the form of trips both south and north. The south trip was to Wanaka, where there is a special tree of which the locals are very proud.
A cynical person might quietly mention mangroves and consider such enthusiasm over one tree a little much, but New Zealand does not have them and I guess it does photograph well. The other trip was north to New Plymouth. Like nearby Wellington, New Plymouth tends to have a bit of wind as the wind sculpture below shows.
I should have paid closer attention to the weather, as an hour after this photo all flights were cancelled due to extreme wind. My predicament was to stay in town for 24 hours, or drive 5 hours to Wellington and catch the last flight back to Christchurch. As a man of action I chose the drive, although this should not be thought of as a reflection on the relative charms of New Plymouth!
At some point, I managed to get extra boat work done. This month involved sealing up the (hopefully) watertight bulkheads, painting, installing access hatches and more painting. Fond of a bargain, I located some very cheap paint in a desirable colour, chestnut brown. I could think of other, less marketable names, but it was cheap.
Finally, after giving one boat a whiter, more appealing, and less chestnut brown colour, I oiled pine strips to make a small seat (the other boat, with fore and after hulls I don’t think needs its own seat). Next time, I hope to have both hulls painted top and bottom, with oar locks fitted. This could mean the first sea trial is imminent….