Friday, August 28, 2015

Last Sanding and First Launch

Oh the laughter!  Watching Clayton navigate oars for the first time
as they got stuck in the dock and splashed like fish out of water!

The boys got their dinghy's to the point of seaworthy.

Lots of hours went into these two little boats this Summer. Applying epoxy, I heard, wasn't so bad.
Sanding... was not so fun.
Every sanding episode was followed by a shower, and some itching caused by stray bits
of fiberglass dust.  But they did it.  Followed through and met success at the surface of lake water.

Seats were set in temporarily to check correctness of position.
Oarlocks installed.
Fresh new oars coated in epoxy.
Boats loaded into the trailer...

Zachary and Clayton figured out the business of rowing pretty quick, and with that
we saw just their tiny silhouettes far out in the distance.

Next there is planned an actual maiden voyage, followed by (I hope) true seats, paint,
and names.  Aren't watercraft supposed to be named?  With paint and names I will
consider this chapter closed!

So much learned.
Yes, there is a little fresh knowledge of boat building, woodwork, and fiberglass,
but really there is new depth of life experience that tints perspective.
That's pretty wonderful!

Well done sons!


Cinnamon said...

Love those boats!! What an accomplishment Analene! Your boys did a great job. I can only imagine the fun they will have with them. I know all our kiddos loved helping their Dad build out boat, the "Capri" (yes they are to be named) and even more love all the voyages in her;-)

The girls are getting so big too. Beautiful crew you have there~


Momma Bug said...

Cinnamon~ What a privilege to be the mom of this tribe! This coming-into-adult stage is being pretty wonderful. I have to choke back the tears sometimes when I think of how fast it is all happening (and that is between the tears that come with the never-ending-ness of some parts). ;-)
I miss ya. I love to watch your people growing into such loveliness!

Letters soon....

Nikki said...

What a wonderful learning experience!!! You have such a beautiful family!!! :) They grow up sooooo fast!