A Nice, Relaxing Weekend
July 17-18, 2015
With the 2015 Toledo Wooden Boat Show rapidly approaching (August
15-16, come on by!) I needed to get the Mollyhawks presentable.
It's been a while since I did any maintenance on these boats. Time
for a little cleaning and paint.
Visitors! Serena and Gabby stopped by to see what was happening.
I put them in a Tik Tak and they went out and splashed around for
a while. They seemed to be having difficulty going in a straight
line, and soon returned to the boathouse. Serena said she didn't
like boats and thought maybe she'd do better solo. I said "Hmmm,
I have some solo boats you can try."
So far, I've been the only one to try a Coracle on the water, but
these girls were game.
They were having a hard time getting used to the paddling style
required for coracleering. I took
a video - I have high hopes of hilarity for the Coracle Races
at the boat show.
Serena, the girl who doesn't like boats, took to trying a coracle
as a Stand Up Paddler. It worked almost as well as sitting.
I got the insides painted on the Mollyhawk - still going with the
red and green color scheme. I switched to Rustoleum Safety Red,
figuring I'd always be able to find it in stores.
Just as I was about to close up, Tana came and asked if she could
take a boat out. She is visiting from Kentucky, her husband is on
one of the fishing vessels that was being worked on near by. She
had a very nice paddle in the setting sun.
In the morning, I saw our resident
Green Heron. These guys are usually very shy, flying well before
I get close enough to get a picture. Over the last few months, this
little guy has become more tolerant.
Rick Johnson, master craftsman and friend of the Boathouse, has
built a canal boat called Haus20.
The Gypsy Rose is a rental docked in Toledo - unique to the
area (you can book it through Bookings.com
if you'd like) and I like to invite the visitors to use the boats
of the Boathouse.
Today, a family was down from Seattle. Father and daughter got
in Daisy while . . .
. . .grandfather and granddaughter got in Bea.
I like this picture.
Patience and her mom, Connie, came by with a bunch of friends.
They needed to borrow a life jacket for little Jaiden. We were happy
Tom came down from Portland, so I put him in a coracle, too. I
mean, why not?
There's a happy man - nothing like a coracle to bring joy to the
Our next visitor was Marcus, up from Newport. It was a heck of
a day for coracleering.
Marcus was a natural! He made paddling a coracle look as easy as
pie. Don't just take my word for it - go to the
Even with all the visitors, I was able to finish painting the Mollyhawk.
It's a workboat finish, but it's still better than it was. Pretty
Pepper is almost ready for the show. Salt is next.