What man is there who doesn’t want to “weigh anchor” and find his natural freedom over the water… like the Spirit that “Hovered over the waters?” Now I am not saying that the Holy Spirit was hovering in an Inagua Sharpie – but He was hovering over the water- and I intend to do my best to do just the same.
If you don’t have this desire you need to read more Belloc (time to put down the Chesterton!) and read his essay “Weighing Anchor!”
And getting in touch with water is fundamental. After all water is a very excellent and reasonable guess about the origin of all things. The great Thales was the one who first proposed this. No wonder then that every man has a desire to sail.
To that end we Langleys have been busy constructing a fourteen foot “Inagua Sharpie”
I need to attach the “chine logs” now, which are the longitudinal “elements” that run parallel to the sheer clamps. As you can see the “boat” is upside down on top of a very shaky “strong back jig.” The strong back jig is the very first thing one makes, of course, when building a boat. But one really has to pay attention to the name – because the tendency of the sometimes-boat-builder is to say things like “there… that will do” Or “I guess that will hold” or “this is good enough.” But then the thing begins to take shape and weight is added bit by bit incrementally and voila!… the thing is 200 pounds and one thinks “if only I had made the “strong back jig” a little stronger!
I need to start thinking about a mast. If anyone has a ten or eleven foot long laminated mahogany cylindrical pole about 3 inches in diameter let me know.