Here are a few photos from the recent festival:
It may not be the biggest, but it's the nicest!
The pictures are now up for the messabout
we just had:
To get an email of the next event, or other messabouts/sailing
events in the area, join this group:
A Bolger Sneakeasy, Champlain, Micro and over a dozen amateur
built boats will be at this year's largest Amateur Boating Messabout
in the Northeast. 2003's première Messabout will be held
in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on the weekend of September 5-7,
2003. Visit http://www.brucesboats.com
and click on the Messabout map on the home page to peruse all
Chuck Leinweber of Duckworks eZine will be there, driving all
the way from Texas to do so. So we won't accept distance as being
an excuse not to come yourselves. Kingston, halfway between Toronto
and Montreal, is only 90 minutes north of Syracuse New York via
Interstate 81 and driving access is easy, involving only one turn
after you exit the freeway.
Kingston Messabout will be on a major waterway, permitting larger
amateur built boats to attend. The venue, Rideau Acres Campground
is on the Rideau Canal, which is linked to the St. Lawrence Seaway
and the world.
Rideau Acres Campground is a full service site, with a beach for
launching small craft, a ramp for trailer launches and 4 foot
draft docks for over twenty boats of all sizes. Serviced campsites,
RV sites are directly adjacent to the Messabout beach. The site
also has a large well equipped clubhouse, heated pool, real toilets
and hot water showers.
those who prefer a tad more luxury Kingston is well stocked with
hotels and motels, even a floating B&B on an ex-Canadian Coast
Guard Icebreaker! With the event taking place after Labor Day,
many will be offering rooms at off season rates.
Events at the Kingston Messabout will include a wine and cheese
"Meet and Greet" on Friday night.
The main Messabout will be on the Saturday from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. On the beach, adjacent to the Messabout there will be a
"Boat Jumble" where boating items will be available
for swap or purchase on Saturday, all participants are invited
to bring whatever boat plans, outboards, and general boaty stuff
they want to unload. A "Potluck" dinner begins Saturday
evening at 6 p. m. and all participants are encourage to bring
a pail of their favorite slop to share. Salads, main courses,
stews, pastas, and desert items will be devoured by a crew of
At 10 a.m. Sunday morning I'll offer up a huge pot of my sugarless
"Texas Beans and Bacon" for a complimentary Cowboy breakfast
on the beach. Feel free to add to the feast with your favorite
early morning treats. Coffee, of course, will be most welcome.
Unscheduled Messingabout continues as desired on Sunday. Keep
in mind many of us work Saturdays and can only attend on Sunday,
so stick around as your schedule permits.
Anyone planning on attending with a boat is asked to contact me
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to call 1-888-214-9104
so I can add them to the database of visiting vessels on the Messabout
website. A ton of photos and a write up on the event will be sent
off to Bob Hicks at Messing About In Boats after the event. I
hope to meet lots of new "boat nut" friends at the Kingston
Amateur Messabout on September 5-7, 2003. Be there!
I want to report that my Acorn, currently called No Name, has
finally been launched. Here's a link to a short video of the launch
at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Arizona. http://fatguysbuildingboats.tripod.com/boatlaunch.wmv
. This video requires Windows Media Player 9, and users should
elect to download required codecs automatically.
By the way, the new site looks grand!
I've attached a picture that demonstrates the strength of the
white polytarp material we use in our
kits. After unsuccessfully trying to get my son's cute wife
or her sister to pose on top of the 10' x 12' cover that we'd
put up over the play equipment for all the kids who came for an
Easter party, I hoisted my 200 lbs. up on the tarp and had my
son snap a couple of pictures. I wasn't too worried that the tarp
would hold me since I had dumped almost 4 cu. ft. of water out
of that little area where I am standing earlier in the day. I
calculated that sea water weighs about 64 lbs. per cubic foot,
so the tarp must have held over 240 lbs. of rainwater earlier.
Of course, the water weight was a little more spread out on the
tarp than my weight was.
By the way, the tarp was attached to the fence and play equipment
only with the plastic cable (luff) ties we now include in our
kits for attaching the sail to the mast. You might find these
pictures useful in convincing those who doubt the strength of
our white polytarp
Of course you might need to add the caveat, "Old guy who
has lost touch with reality. Don't try this stunt at home!"
THE 14TH ANNUAL MIDWEST HOMEBUILT BOAT MESSABOUT
will take place at Rend Lake in Southern Illinois on the weekend
of June 7 and 8. Lots of folks come on Friday and leave early
Sunday. Take I-57 to exit 77W and then follow the signs to the
Gun Creek Recreation Area. Camping at this Corps of Engineers
facility is $10/night and that includes the ramp fee. There is
no schedule of events except a pot luck dinner in the campground
on Saturday evening - we wing it. This year some of us have reserved
the campsites on the water of the two middle camping loops so
look for us there if we aren't at the boat ramp.
- Max Wawrzyniak
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|Hi Chuck.....I sent a copy of this to my friend Steve, thought
you'd get a kick out of seeing what kinda crap I have to put up
with! I've been very busy this morning! Came out of nowhere! It
was the normal shitty weather we've been having...and me trying
like hell to get things done
to the TD before we leave. I've been busy as a bee this morning
trying to get all kinds of shit to higher ground! The water was
28" at one point in the yard. 36" in my basement! But
I did manage to save all my nightcrawlers from drowning! I had to
go over to Beckys next door and rescue SMILEY, her dog since they
were gone to town! He was trapped in his dog house with a 2"
air space at the top of the door. Saw his nose sticking out, and
we thought he was out front!! A terrified Basset Hound isn't much
fun to deal with! He's good swimmer, but getting him out was a bitch.
His house weighs around 250 pounds, and he was on a 20 cable!
The water was swift and I couldn't budge it! Finallly I just ducked
his head underwater and pulled his ass out! Never dreamed I'd be
able to paddle up to my TD! Maybe I should put some of those oar
holes in the sides like the Viking ships had...you know just in
case! The tide is going out almost as fast as it came in! No serious
damage done, but a real pain in the ass. Still have some things
to get done before next Wed. before we leave on our trip! I'll get
it done somehow. Ever had to paddle to an Outhouse? Toilet paper
should be kept in at least a Zip-Loc bag or dry bag! Got me to thinking.
Somebody "UP THERE" must think everytime I build something
I'm suppose to use a paddle or sail! May have a Marine Model Teardrop
out soon! BTW the Yakette did real well in these conditions. Had
a hard time getting back to my yard from the neighbors thru the
very fast current! She surprised me! I kinda suprised myself by
not moving somewhere in the Andes, Mount something or nother! Anyplace
thats at least 8000 feet above sea level! See what my wife has to
put up with! I'm talking about MEnot the flood! Ya'll all know she
thinks I have a mental problem cause I do weird things at times.
But it's fun once in a while! Course... my shop is out of commission
for a week or so! Gotta take a break now...my old ass is wore out!
Wonder if a lug rig will work on
my TD? Later... Richard Frye - aka WHITEWATER WILLIE