Oh, my! That's a Goose!
April 11-11, 2015
we left our Goose, she was a bare - but painted - hull. Now
it is time to make her purty for her debut at the Depoe Bay Boat
Show on April 17.
But first, we have to do some things in preparation for the Coracle
Build on May 2.
Coracles are inexpensive boats made from found materials. Their
sole purpose was to get a person out on the water. They are not
safe, fast, or pretty, and are just about the equivalent of an innertube.
Just because they are not 'traditionally' pretty doesn't mean we
can't make them as pretty as we can. Here's my interpretation of
a coracle seat made of Alowood and Poplar laminated together.
I have to say, this Dewalt 12" Planer is one of the nicest
tools I get to use at the Boathouse.
Here's something I made for the Goose on my own: A roll around
cart. I want to store her inside the Boathouse, but I still need
to move her around. Also, we don't have a boat ramp, so when I need
to take her to a boat show, I'll need to lay her on the side and
wheel her up the gangway to a trailer in the parking lot.
The secret to a good roll around cart is ONE pair of crazy wheels
and a pair of fixed wheels. Trust me on this.
On to the Goose: Time to get her ready for coating the decks with
epoxy. First I needed to rout out the mast partner. a 3/8 roundover
will do nicely.
Making this stub mast was the best thing I ever did. The Boathouse
is too short to allow me to step the real mast inside.
I tried to take a picture of me using the 4" Angle Grinder
to round off all the deck corners, but it didn't come out. If you
don't have one yet, get an angle grinder with a 36 grit sanding
pad - BEST woodworking tool, evar. Thanks for the tip, John
I sanded the entire fore, aft, and side decks with 40 grit, mostly
to remove pencil lines and paint drips., Then I hit it again with
120, and a final time with 180.
Sanding done, it was time to coat things with epoxy. I started
on the coracle seats. I use small-headed finish nails to hold them
up off the sawhorses.
Oh, my. That's purty. Time to break for the evening.
I saw Candice taking pictures on the docks and invited her in.
I couldn't convince her to go paddling, though. Hopefully, we'll
be seeing more of her and her family over the summer.
Back to preparation for the Coracle Build: We needed to rip (2)
sheeting of 1/8 (4mm) plywood into 1 3/8" laths. Cutting 8'
long, floppy sheets of unruly plywood is not fun. Geoff and I decided
to rip them in half first.
Then stack them 2 at a time and rip off the laths. It worked shockingly
well. 32 rips later, we had 64 laths of nearly identical width -
AND all of our fingers and toes.
Geoff was checking the bend against one of the seats. We will NOT
be making these round-bottomed like that - they will be far too
unstable. We'll make the bottom nearly flat and using heat guns
to do sharp bends all around.
Enough playing with the coracles. Here's my rudderhead and tiller
setup. Big, beefy pintles
and gudgeons from Duckworks.
While Geoff worked on lacing the sail to the spars, I . . .
. . . went to work on the mast. I am using this bow eye from Sea
Dog because . . . that's similar to what others do. Why not a block?
I don't know.
Holes in my deck! Downhaul and bleater cleat.
Time to see what she looks like rigged. This is her first ever
Oh, that'll be nice. Very nice, indeed.
Here's the downhaul for the boom. I'm lacing on the blocks rather
than running a eyebolt because it looks 'salty.' The bronze
double blocks I am using for the downhaul are from - you guessed
it - Duckworks.
Side Note: If you ever want to have a miserable afternoon, remove
the clevis pin from that block and watch the little spacers bounce
across the floor, then try to put it all back together again.
Leeboard in place. I still need to put on the outhaul which will
run back to an Autorelease
Clam Cleat. Why? Because I am a lazy sailor and terrible navigator.
Rudder installed. I'll need to make an extension for it, but that's
And there we go - one nearly completed Goose, about to make her