Nov 7, 2010

Messing about with boats

After many weekends of work-working and rushing around I have finally enjoyed a weekend working on a fun project that I have put off for too long.

When we went to the Abacos last summer, we stopped at Man-o-War Key.   We walked up and down the island, and one house had the most awesome wind vane in the front yard.   It had four boats with real sails that tacked as they rotated on the pole.   I wanted one!

When we walked by again on our way back to the dock the owner was in the front yard adjusting it and we asked him where he got it.  He said somewhere in Washington State.   Well, when I got home I searched for this little gem online and was not able to find it.

Christmas came around and guess what was under the tree?   Monte had hand carved four little catboats with masts and barn door rudders  just waiting for sails.   He’d made me a sailboat wind vane of my very own!

Well, THIS was the weekend I was determined to make the sails.  So I hustled off to the craft store yesterday and today cut out and sewed the sails.   We just finished rigging them.  They’re so cute!

Now all we have to do is mount it atop a pole somewhere in the yard.  The biggest challenge will be digging a hole in our backyard, where we have about 1/4″ of topsoil ontop of solid limestone.  🙂

I can’t wait to see them sailing around.

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