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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 11:56 AM
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Look what I did!
My grandson is 4 years old and I want to get him involved in sailing. There aren't any suitable boats for a skipper weighing only 30 pounds so I built one for him. He's a little small for a sail plan, so for the next year or so we'll just paddle it around for the next year or so.

His parents and I thought 15-20 minutes was all he could manage for attention span, but after an hour he wasn't ready to leave the lake! His dad & I accompanied him in my 16' canoe.





It took about 60 hours and $300 to complete. Two sheets of 3/16 plywood and 1 1/2 gallons of epoxy. It has enough sealed air chambers to support 400 pounds. The sail plan will add about $70 to the cost. It's called a Flying Mouse if it has sails, a Mouse as a rowing dingy.

What'cha think?
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 11:59 AM
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1. How cute!
What a lucky little boy. He'll always remember when Grandpa made him his very own boat.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 12:01 PM
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2. I think that is really cool
that you can build a boat with such little $.
You also have a beautiful grandson.
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 12:05 PM
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3. Yeah, any commercially available boat is three times that cost.
It holds my 190 pounds just fine too. In fact I'm thinking of building another one with a little modification for doing wildlife photography on local streams and marshes.



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RumpusCat Donating Member (548 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 12:08 PM
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4. My god, that is an adorable little pirate boat!
It makes me want one! And your grandson looks pleased as punch in that second shot. :)
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 12:10 PM
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5. He's a real ham. Point the camera and it's CHEEEEEZE! nt
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 12:40 PM
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6. What a wonderful way
to introduce your grandson into the wonderful world of sailing! He is one lucky little boy! And you are one talented granddad!
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4morewars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 01:00 PM
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7. Arrrrrrrrrr, fly the jolly roger !
Avast ! Me hearties !

Fair winds and following seas to you both !!!
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