Read more There can be little doubt that epoxy has changed the world of wooden boatbuilding, particularly for amateur boatbuilders. But is it really all that it is cracked up to be? Transom ripped out by impact of the rudder with a whale at high speed, while racing.
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The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place. It is for that reason, perhaps, that, when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon how very true - BC. It ends up like a cloud covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom. And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat; the boat that you may search the harbors of the world for and not find.
Mike Latham did. After his wife died, he spent 1, hours over more than six years crafting a foot Ocean Pointer. The frame of the fishing boat is made of marine plywood, and the planking of white pine. The hull is covered in polyester cloth set in epoxy. And at the Mid-America Boat Show in January, the boat looked as smooth and shiny as the brand-new fiberglass boats that filled the I-X Center around it.
Dreaming of drifting in a rowboat on a Northeast Ohio lake? Or perhaps canoeing on the Chagrin River is more your speed. The Cleveland Amateur Boating and Boatbuilders Society CABBS shares those same dreams, and the year-old group aims to show boating fans how to build their own boats for leisure rowing, paddling, sailing, or even motoring. In the winter, they meet at the Strongsville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to share stories, offer advice, and host guest speakers.