Adventures in boatbuilding from a perpetual neophyte
plyWooden Boat Festival at Port A
Port Aransas hosted it’s third annual plyWooden Boat Festival the weekend of October 8-10, 2016. I took some time off work and brought my wife down for a combination boat show/mini-vacation. The boat show was great! I was told that there wasn’t as many boats as there were in the two previous years, but I was impressed with the quality of the boats. Some of the boats were professionally built, many were built by the owner, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. There was also a good variety of boats, with sail, power and human-powered boats all well represented. The people, both other exhibitors and the visitors, were all friendly and easy to talk to. Congrats to all the sponsors and volunteers who worked on this event, y’all did a fine job!
I’ll apologize in advance; there were some boats that I didn’t get pictures of. And anybody who knows me will testify that I’m horrible with names. Having said that, here’s some pictures of some of the boats that were at the show…
As you might have guessed from my last post, I’m a fan of knotwork. The Caledonia Yawl had some nice marlinspike work on it, and I’m not at all bashful about using someone else’s good ideas on my future projects.
Monday morning before leaving town I stopped by Farley Boat Works to see the Scow Schooner that was under construction. Scow schooners were used in the late 1800s, and ideal for the shallow water bays in Texas. I had seen the Scow Schooner in 2004 when it was being built in Anahuac, but it had since been moved to Farley Boat Works in Port Aransas to complete the project.