Film Scan: Boat Building

Volume 8, Issue 75; 08 May 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

My father and I built two boats, a fourteen foot sailboat and a small rowboat.

There is nothing finer in the world than mucking about in boats.

Kenneth Grahame

My father always wanted to sail. When I was still in grade school he bought a book of plans and began building his own 14 foot sailboat. That's it in the background. It was more than a decade before he finally got it in the water with a mast, but it did sail.

In the foreground you see my dad working on “Schroedinger's Cat” or more precisely the upside-down shell that will eventually become our little boat of that name. This image is from 1982, give or take a year or two.

It was a fun little boat to muck about in. I'll post a photo of me sitting in it when I get it scanned.


Nice piccy... any idea what sort of boat that is... its too broad to be a Mirror dingy (I think) and looks a bit like an Optimist. However, 14ft seems a bit long for an Oppy... plus it would be something more for a child/teenager than an adult to sail for themselves.

—Posted by Stuart Williams on 11 May 2005 @ 04:13 UTC #

Dad got the plans from a book entitled Small Wooden Boats or something like that. I don't recall the names of the individual boats, if they had any, but I also don't think they appeared anywhere outside that book in any event.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 20 May 2005 @ 06:54 UTC #