Not much has happened on the boat build project since my last update. After a successful navigation of the treacherous Waikato River, and the onset of cooler weather, motivation and time were in short supply. But, way back in the depths of time, a goal was set that must be met. So, next step, retrofit the JigAbout for sail power! The Bouncing Bog can remain a motor powered craft.
First, robust testing of the JigAbout with the DIY oars was completed. It is a little squishy with two when rowing, and the local waterways are full of keen reminders of what the elements does to boats which are left unattended and unloved. After some careful thinking and discussion with local salty seadogs, it was decided that an unstayed bamboo mast with a junk rig might be a good fit.
An added advantage of bamboo, besides being light and easy to work with, is the location of nearby stands within easy reach of a footpath. Free has a quality all of its own, and two suitable pieces were extracted with the use of a trusty hand saw.
There were a few looks from locals as we carried two large bamboo poles up the street, across the park and past the marina. Probably looks of envy, who doesn’t want a large piece of bamboo?
A few minutes with the trusty saw trimmed up the bamboo nicely, then it was time to sweep out the garage and bring in the JibAbout. Fitting a mast will require some critical additions in the next few weeks. A rudder and daggerboard are not optional if you want to go anywhere different from the direction the wind is blowing!