... lurch ... go home
May 03: The
day was beautiful today, clear, cool, and sunny. Not a
cloud in the sky, and 58 degrees F. when I launched Quark
at Widewater on the Erie Canal in Lockport. It's a short
and disappointing story from here, though, because as
soon as I sat down in the boat and pushed off, the sideways
rocking, paired with freeboard of a scant six inches,
shipped enough water to cast me out and turtle the boat.
The good news? Only an elderly lady in a big sedan next
to the launch saw what happened; I was only in a foot
of water; and the water, though wet, was not that cold.
didn't cry, but I didn't laugh, either. I liked building
this boat, and expected to be able to use it. At this
point, though, I don't recommend it for anyone, though
I do plan to see how the 50-to-100-pound contingent of
my extended family fares with Quark this summer, under
careful supervision. Shucks, I plan to try again myself.
After all, I was sitting on a safety cushion, and maybe
being three inches lower would make enough difference
to at least paddle around in warm water. I'm sure it will
be fine for little people.
spend so far:
Add 11 hours of paddle-making and painting yesterday and
today, for a total so far of 64 hours.
so far: Add $10 for Interlux Brightside paint
(I used about a half pint that I had on hand; it costs
about $22 per quart) for a total so far of $211.12.