One Sheet Skiff
Well, truth be told it isn't
really one sheet but it is a functional shelf that is both stylish
(in a home-made boat sort of way) and functional.
Boat building is so wonderfully
and horribly addicting that you find yourself thinking strange
and dangerous thoughts. I have two married sons, with three
little girls between them. And as I look back on our family
life I can only wish that I had learned to build boats years
ago so that I could have had time out on the water when my kids
were little. The dangerous thoughts come when you look at your
kid's situation and realize that the years will go shooting
by for them and they might not have or take the money or the
time to tend to things that really matter in life (MAIB being
one of them).
My second son lives only two
hours away, so as I looked at his cozy garage and cozy yard
I knew that he would never have room to have a big boat and
trailer.... he had quite a pile of out door gear in one corner
of his garage. Nor would he be likely to be able to have the
time needed to build a boat or even a shelf (5 - count'em vacation
days/year - Yikes!). So after a late night web session where
I had seen several One Sheet Skiff's built, and the suggestion
that these could indeed be stored indoors, I determined that
I would build him a 'shelf' for his birthday.
I wasn't able to build the shelf/boat
out of one sheet. Andy and I are both about 240 lbs, and I knew
that I would want more than 9-1/2" of height on the side
of the boat, so I borrowed a 13-1/2" x 8' strip from another
boat that I am working on, and sort of enlarged as I went along.
That extra strip allowed higher sides and a 28" wide bottom.
In the end it worked out pretty
well. Andy has a shelf that holds quite a bit of his lighter
weight camping gear, as well as the oars, and his garage is
more spacious despite also storing a boat as the camping gear
is stored on the shelf and out of the way. The boat ended up
weighing about 45 pounds, and he cartopps it on his Mazda with
only a blanket for padding. It rows easily, and in time may
aquire a sail rig (another dangerous and desperate idea....)