started innocently enough. My wife, two teenaged daughters, my
son and I took a float trip (only about 10 miles) in our little
12 foot aluminum boat. Under oar power all went well as we went
through the many twists and turns of our local river (Sevier River,
near Delta Utah). But we had parked the truck down at the dam
and it was spring and the reservoir was full, so there was several
miles of flat water to go, many small islands and even worse many
small peninsulas that seemed to be islands until you got really
close and had to back track made it a really long day. It was
some time during that afternoon that I began to think that I needed
some help in the power department.
like things to be quiet, so I didn't want a gasoline motor, and
an electric with batteries would have sunk us. (We were pretty
overloaded.) It seemed that a sail would be a welcome addition.
Of course it is never that simple. As I studied, it became apparent
that I could convert that little boat, but there was a pretty
good chance that I would take a tight little boat and change it
into a chronic leaker with no resale value. So I sold her to a
friend and bought plywood, epoxy and plans from Bateau.com for
their little V12.
Learning to tape and glue didn't seem that hard, and was a lot
of fun, but I made a lot of mistakes and had to redo several areas.
I was anticipating that I would finish in 40 hours, but with my
inexperience it took a lot longer - so long in fact that we decided
that we might try the Free Canoe and built one and took it camping
before we were done with the V12.
All of this waiting was actually a good thing as I came to the
conclusion that I didn't really like the way the seats were arranged
and wanted some water tight storage areas. I hadn't really read
much on Jim Michalak's website yet and I guess I was re-inventing
the wheel, as the water tight boxes that I ended up with look
a little like Michalak's Vector with storage/flotation like Piccup....
sort of. Anyway
rows well. She has good capacity (700 lbs of people was an overload,
but the water was calm and we got away with it.) We finally got
her splashed with the sail and had a wild ride in Lake Powell
on a windy day... where we didn't capsize or sink (30" waves
breaking over the bow - glad for the bow deck that day) and got
back to shore and camp on our own power (oar) and only took on
a couple of gallons of water. I wish I had some pictures from
Lake Powell, but the digital camera took on some water and all
of them were lost. Hope you like these. I have plans for Musicbox3
and Picara and am leaning towards starting Picara sometime this
More later. Great projects, great website