Evening Light on the Hard

Evening Light – First Impressions

This is Evening Light as I first saw her, sitting at the back of a commercial yard in Kingston Ontario. The yard was bustling, full of energy. Boats were being built and refurbished, chunky powerful mostly shallow draft fire boats. They were crafted from aluminum and fire, welded seams, and big functional topsides. Fascinating stuff. […]

Before and After pictures

Before and after pictures of shorefront from NOAA. The pictures. The after pictures show snow on the ground, so I have to assume that where there is no snow there was running water deep enough or warm enough to remove the snow. The After pictures are a little scary, and a good reminder of the power of wind driven water. Something we should respect.

 Quiet Preservation

The After pictures once again reveal my Great Aunt’s decision to build well back from the shore, and to preserve the marsh between her modest home and the beach to be a wise decision. Of course, because she was a quiet and understated woman we had no idea that much of the marsh and the adjoining wood belonged to her, purchased a postage stamp piece at a time over a long and interesting lifetime.

I’m sure, if she were still with us to comment, that she would say that it was just to preserve the view, and the view from the kitchen window was inspiring. And, more to the point, is still inspiring. She gave the land to the preservation society. For which we should all be grateful.

Thank you Aunt Mable, and your dear friend Liz. Without you I would not be seaborne.


(an aside)


In the cut

Two Boats Cut from One

To cut two boats from one, a boat of your own construction no less. That’s what I did during the big “storm” earlier in the week. In the life of one who tinkers with boats there comes the time where one has to do something that is difficult if not impossible to undo. Sometimes it is […]

Bottom Glassing – Epoxy Application

The next step in the process is to apply fiberglass and epoxy resin to the bottom panel of the hull. One of the important tricks here is to add enough epoxy to saturate the fiberglass (and turn it transparent – white or light gray is bad) without floating it onto of a pool of epoxy […]

Rail (ing) against the Hull

After the shell is filleted and glassed (interior), rails are added to the exterior. Two strips of hardwood are glued against the shear line of the hull (upper edge, when she is sitting in the water). The hardwood goes on in two strips so it can be bent without breaking which is a good thing because the […]

Stitch with Wire and Glue

The dingy is built using a stitch and glue technique. Floppy pieces of plywood are wired together to create form, then epoxy is carefully injected in the seams to make it a shell.           The stitching is done with a soft copper wire, then cut away after the epoxy sets.  

Epoxy – 1st coat, interior going on

Here is Shane applying epoxy to the fiberglass interior. I am always amazed as the white opaque cloth becomes (and stays) clear. It always seems like magic. This pram is built from a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft. It’s a nesting dingy that should fit on the coach roof of the Evening Light. I bought […]

The First Entry

Beginnings are hard, directions unknown, even the questions have yet to reveal themselves. This is the account of a voyage, long postponed, a dream from childhood on the verge of happening. There is a boat involved, and friends. What more could one ask. Yours, D