The Triple J

After working on and off on this for a couple years, we finally finished this project. A few years back my son, Jonah asked if we could build a sailboat. I had done 1 sailboat and 2 outboard skiffs in the past. With him at a stage, a college student, and me not being the coolest guy in his world anymore, I said sure. We started, got the frames and sides done on this plywood sailing skiff designed my Phil Bolger.
And the project sat in the barn. A few years went by. Jonah left for the USAF and is now on the other side of the country. But I have a younger son, Joe, who is 10 and learning to use all kinds of tools, so we set out to finish the project. So that's how the boat got it's name...John, Jonah and Joe. We used wood from our property for the mast, sprit and gunwales. We forged the cleats and the rudder hardware from scratch in our coal forge.
We launched today, under very light winds and had a successful, if slow sail. It has been 20 years since I sailed, but it is coming back quick. DSC_0313.JPG DSC_0321.JPG DSC_0326.JPG DSC_0330.JPG DSC_0336.JPG DSC_0349.JPG DSC_0359.JPG
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As seen in this thread, earlier this year, we launched a home built sailboat, the Triple J, meaning John, Jonah and Joe. All 3 of us had a hand in building her. Both my boys learned how to safely use power tools by the time they were 10 and both in building a boat. I have spent a lifetime reading, looking and dreaming about the boats in Woodenboat. I have built 4 boats, and 3 that actually worked
. Today I got the copy of the most recent issue and we are featured in the Launchings section. They did a particularly nice job editing my rambling submission into a blurb that caught the spirit of our project while limiting the number of words to what they needed.
This is a high moment for me and much needed among the crap all around us lately.
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