What is it about water and boats that’s so enchanting? What is it about exploring and seeing new sights that attracts us? What is it about the dream of a new adventure that’s so alluring?
Boats allow us adventure. They afford us new experiences. They take us places we could not otherwise go. They slow down our busy life styles. They allow us to see the natural world in a way we otherwise would not.
I’m really excited to take out my Skiff America and begin these adventures. I want to see local lakes, regional lakes and even far away places in Northern Cross.
And, even before I’ve launched Northern Cross, I still dream of another boat to build. Can it be that I’m addicted to boat building? Possibly, but I think the real answer lies in a desire to augment Northern Cross with a small non motorized sailboat. There’s something about sailboats that I find hard to shake. There not as practical as Skiff America, and because of this, I don’t think I’ll ever sell my Skiff America. I have a large family and Northern Cross hits this target head on —bulls eyed. Yet, the lure of a small motorless sailboat I could row or sail continues to tug at my heart. Moving about as mariners did thousands of years ago, by wind or oar. Plotting a course to circumnavigate a large mountain lake, expedition style, with compass and map, anchors, sails, wind and rain totally captivates me.
I sold my Scamp sailboat thinking this feeling would leave me once I built Skiff America…it hasn’t. I have consulted my best friend, Jennifer (my wife) regarding these feelings. Here’s her advise, and what Jennifer says, you can take to the bank: Use Skiff America for 1-2 years before deciding to build any other type of boat. See if the feeling persists or wains. After 1-2 years of boating, I’ll know whether I’m just crazy or if I really do indeed want to build a second boat.
Until then, I plan to use my Skiff America, read, study and learn from others. My second boat would be small, simple and yet robust and seaworthy. It would be an expedition micro cruiser. It would take two sailers to far away places and be designed to the hilt. It would either be another Scamp (highly modified like Howard Rice’s) or Long Steps, both by the designer John Welsford.
Are any of you afflicted by similar dreams, thoughts and ambitions or am I the only one? Please don’t leave me hanging!