Twelve months ago, with a few sheets of rubbish plywood and a length of pine (sorry, rimu), I started construction on two mighty vessels. At times, the journey has being longer than it is interesting, often interrupted by frequent sojourns around New Zealand, and beyond. Indeed, Decembers post went completely AWOL somewhere in the Nevada desert:
Whilst in the land of the free, we became fond of the local, profoundly philosophical statement, “Git ‘er done”. This can be deployed against friends, work colleagues and significant others whenever doubts are expressed on the viability of a plan or request.
On returning home, inspired by this productive outlook on life, I proceeded to get ‘er done and made the boats ready for sea trials. Thankfully, over the past year I had already done most of the work, and just needed to finish up a couple of extra layers of paint (outdoor pavement paint is cheap and durable) and install carry handles and oarlocks.
With the assistance of friends with a trailer, at high tide we drove the 500m to Sandy Beach, located in Governors Bay.In the extremely unlikely event of a leak or maritime disaster, my neighbor helpfully provided life jackets. I am happy to say that neither boat foundered, or even leaked. All four watertight compartments remained dry and the boats were extremely stable.
With the initial trials successful, I can now proceed to make masts, sail rigs and oars. Inspired by their stability, we are now considering a small outboard to facilitate minor fishing expeditions. But that can wait till next month*!
*If only I had stopped eating ham for a few minutes and posted this yesterday, I could have used the timeless joke of “next year”