An odd post from me after what seems like months of silence.
Readership of my blog is in steady decline – it’s obvious that content, new content especially, keeps the readers coming back.
Interestingly I’ve had a readership spike over the last couple of days since Ali Mau sort of ‘revealed’ that she is ‘possibly’ in a relationship with another woman. So what, I say.
My spike in interest is solely based on search engines finding the one story I wrote about Alison Mau. Her reaction to Paul Henry and ‘mustache-gate’ was enough to drive people to Skinny. I guess I should thank Google for that.
But I digress.
I’m currently building a boat which seems to have been taking up a lot of my time. It’s called a Minimax. It’s a mini hydroplane literally built from two sheets of plywood (marine ply if you want to spend up large) and some odds and ends of untreated pine board.
I’m on a tight deadline. I need to get it finished for the Antique and Classic Boat Show, held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes every first weekend of March. This is the eleventh year. I’ve been about eight times previously, as official photographer. Last year on the 1oth anniversary I decided I needed to participate as a casual contender, hence my boat building began.
The Minimax plans first appeared in Popular Mechanics in the 1950’s. The plans for that and many other Popular Mechanics boats can be found on Svensons Boat Building website here.
According to the instructions the boat is a typical ‘father and son’ project and can be built in a weekend. So far that has not proved to be true. I have two sons, both of whom are too young to help, other than passing rulers, or nails, or screws. The kind of help I actually need was an extra pair of hands to hold pieces of structural support in place while I glue or screw or both. Hence my ‘weekend’ project is taking a bit longer.
I will post some progress pictures, if I remember to take them. In the meantime here is a shot I took of a Minimax in action at the 2009 Antique and Classic Boat show. It can take up to a 15hp outboard and, with that motor, achieve speeds of up to 30 knots.
Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues.