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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