Official Naming Ceremony of the
July 21, 2012
On Friday, Curt and I flipped the boats for their final painting.
You can see in the foreground where they this one had been resting
on the sawhorse. This was the first time the boats had been upright
since we started painting them.
Bud came and took some action shots. I grabbed the green paint,
Curt too the red, and we went around the boats taking care of any
We even got down to the fine details.
And then we were done! Building these boats took a little longer
than anticipated, but it has been worth it. They really are fantastic.
Saturday morning saw a VERY low tide. Probably should have organized
a float to make sue of a tide this dramatic - like we did back
in November 2011.
As I was puttering around, I met Jack, a local who was down walking
the docks in the morning. I invited him in for a chat and to show
off the boats.
Things are getting pretty colorful in the Boathouse, aren't they?
Fulton hard at work on the oar sockets.
John, Charlie, and Joe showed up for the naming ceremony - and
as I went over to Pig Feathers to get a libation for the gods, I
saw a couple of guys, Casey and Ted, and asked them if they'd like
to see a Boat Naming Ceremony
This is Reason #3 for building Welsford
Mollyhawks: Light weight. Fulton and I easily managed the 100lbs.
Then Casey and I grabbed the second one.
A pair of Mollyhawks, floating at the docks.
Time for the ceremony - I'd forgotten a funny hat, so I made one
out of newspaper (you have to wear a funny hat when communicating
with gods - as evidence, I cite the Pope.)
How to name two boats at once? By naming two boats at once, I suppose.
By the way: Straddling two boats at once is a LOT harder than it
looks. Kids, don't try this at home.
I was facing north and flung the beer in the 4 cardinal directions
for Aeolus, while chanting the incantation.
and finished with an offering to Neptune himself. (the chant is
more inclusive: There's a lot of gods of both wind and waves, you
can't leave anyone out.) And there you have it: The Toledo Community
Boathouse now has two Mollyhawks: The red one is named Pepper
and the green one is named Salt. The names come from 'port'
and 'starboard' as the boats were built side by side and during
construction, we'd say something like "The port boat needs
the seats installed and the starboard one needs the gunnels trimmed."
Casey and I installing the oarlocks on Pepper.
I showed off one of the oars we are making for these boats. Nobody
likes working on oars - it's tedious and there are 8 of them.
John and Joe take Pepper out for a spin.
Every Boathouse needs a Charlie to sit around and spout wisdom
while scratching a Lucy.
Joe and John were getting the hang of team rowing.
While the guys were out exploring, Bud turned too on cutting some
hulls for the Kid's Boat Build that'll happen at the Boat Show next
month and Charlie inspected our tools.
Joe and John took Pepper all the way up to the tide gates
at the end of the slough and back. They were very pleased with the
performance of the Mollyhawk.
Then Joe and I took Salt out for her maiden voyage.
Whoo hoo, lookit that boat move! Joe was hanging on for dear life
while I flailed with the oars.
And finally, we settled into doing what Coots do best: Sitting
around and talking. We were doing a planning session for the Cardboard
Boat Challenge that the Mill is hosting for the Toledo Boat Show.
As usual, the discussion ranged from cardboard boats to . . . everything,
Thanks for coming out, guys! I know it is a drive, but it was a
beautiful day and we had a blast.