Day Three & Four of Mini-Sharpie
Family boat building...
The seat is made of 2 slats of 1x4 conected by 3 1x2 cross pieces. The boys sand the pieces then screw them together.
After one more sanding of the bottom with 120 she's ready for primer.
Teamwork makes the job go quickly.
After lunch she's dry enough to slip the seat in and head for the water to check out our oar lock placement.
A stop at the house for PFDs.
And she slips into the drink with little ceremony.... "will she float?"
"I don't see any leaks do you?"
A little instruction and Dean's off....!
Ben gets his turn....."How come I'm facing backwards?"
Nothing like a brother's loving laughter to motivate....;-)
It's a tricky process, lots to remember - but little by little they get the hang of it.
Lookin' pretty good now!
Dad joins in to give some pointers.
" It's getting a little easier...."
"Hey look, I'm fishing!"
"Standing in a boat with no life vest - you sit down!" (It's only 2 feet deep.)
Time to carry her back to the shop to paint the topsides.
Day Four - time for more paint...
The second coat of primer is going on everything, some even gets on the boat! Dean paints the mast partner.... While Ben takes care of the seat. It was a kind of short work day... but we just had to go out on the Shanty dock and jump off the roof!... aaaahhhh.... and sail little pond skiffs...;-)
Next comes the top coat and the trim paint...
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Mini Sharpie Skiff design copyright David J. Beede 2002