Finishing up the Lazy Weekend Canoe
Fleet (and a visitor from afar)
May 17-18, 2013
When last we left the Lazy Weekend canoes, we'd had
a successful showing at the Depoe
Bay Wooden Boat Show, including a daring paddle out and around
the 1/2 mile buoy. We took a few weeks off to attend to things,
then picked up again, right where we left off.
Daisy is the second Lazy Weekend Canoe we've built. This is probably
the best picture I have ever taken of Curt.
After pulling the tape off the name of Daisy, it was time to finish
up the third canoe.
A coat of primer to get her ready . . .
Then Chuck P came a visiting. Chuck is one of the legends of the
Texas 200, he sails a Mayfly
14 like it was made out of air.
He was impressed by Ma Zu, one of the Teak Ladies cared for by
the Port of Toledo. It has a bronze roller-reefer at the head of
the boom that Chuck found worthy of a picture - actually, he took
several more, there really are impressive boats.
Patience and her mother, Connie, were riding their bicycles around
the waterfront, so I asked them if they'd like to try a canoe.
Patience said she was sure she wanted to go in Daisy, not
Aurora, as she doesn't like pink (and that's why we build
I estimate 90% of accidents occur within three feet of the dock.
Always make sure they get in and get out safely.
And off they go, Daisy on her maiden voyage.
I am still very pleased with the trim on the Lazy Weekend canoes.
I think I got the seats right.
Chuck and I tossed Aurora into the water and followed the ladies
up to the tide gates. Connie had grown up in Toledo and used to
swim in the slough, but she'd never seen the tide gates.
I made sure Chuck's visit to Toledo was complete.
It wasn't nearly this dark on the return, but the flash changes
everything. This is an excellent shot of Daisy with the mill's skyline
in the background.
After we returned to the Boathouse, Chuck and I ambled over to
the Twisted Snout so Chuck (a homebrewer) could sample some of the
local beers. When the Snout closed, we ambled up to Timbers and
had some more. Eventually, I had to leave, so I gave Chuck a bedroll
and let him nap in the Boathouse before he had to get up at 2am
and drive 2.5 hours back to the airport in Portland.
You are very welcome, Chuck. Come any time.
The next morning, Jeff, a naval engineer from the NOAA headquarters
in Newport, came to the Boathouse to see what's going on. I had
him test out a Lazy Weekend just to get more feedback. He confirmed
that it is 'a little squirrley' when paddling solo. I need to get
the oarlocks installed so they can be rowed when there's just one
person aboard - that'll flatten out the trim and let 'em track better.
We also went up to the tide gates and . . . . well, I'd never seen
one of the gates open. You can just see the corner of a dock on
the left side of the picture, I think they were going to move the
dock to the other side of the gates.
Back at the Boathouse, I did what I do best: Put Jeff to work.
The third and final Lazy Weekend canoe will be named Bea (short
for Beatrice, which is too damn long to paint on the bow.)
My, that is a ORANGE canoe - as orange as Aurora is PINK.
Thanks for the help, Curt and Jeff, and thanks for the visit, Chuck,
Connie, and Patience. Y'all make being at the Boathouse fun.