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Beginning hobby boat builder Wannabee sailor

New Year and a new sail

New sail for the gunning dory this year. I got my Sailrite sail kit all stitched up. I ordered the Shellback dinghy kit. It is just the right size to replace the lateen I used this past season. The sail … Continue reading

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New Lug Sail

The need to be able to reef, and otherwise have an easy to handle sail became apparent this past summer sailing Lark. Being out on Lake Erie, by myself most of the time, and not having a handy sail, kind … Continue reading

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She’s just swell…

Took Lark out on Lake Erie this morning. No sailing this time – rowing and fishing. The weather was calm and there was a 3 – 4 foot swell on the lake. It turns out that was nothing to worry about. … Continue reading

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Camping with Lark

We just returned from our first great camping trip with the boat.   This boat was built for this purpose, although I have been having more fun than that with her since the launch a few weeks ago. I did … Continue reading

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Lovin’ the cart

Just back from another successful dolly launch at the beach. So nice not to drive 45 minutes each way. I can drive to Headlands beach in less than 5 minutes. As I get a routine in place it will go … Continue reading

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Barbie beach cart

I made a beach cart for the dory today. Got it done before it got too late – and had time to run over to the beach to try it out. I’m very happy to report that it worked great, … Continue reading

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On the water pics

Showing off some on the water pics.

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She sails!

Got Lark out for the first sail today. She did great. She is very well behaved. My one worry was that my rudder area would be too small. This was not a problem. Super light helm, turns effortlessly, and responds well. My … Continue reading

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So Close…

Just about there… 🙂 I spent the last week getting a trailer fixed up for the gunning dory. I modified a Harbor Freight trailer. Added 10 foot to the tongue, and a carpeted wood bed and bunks. She sits on … Continue reading

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Ready to row

I’ve got everything ready for the first row. Still some details to work out before she can sail, but I’m ready to row! Final assembly was finished over the past week, and today I got the oars leathered. They came … Continue reading

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