A few years ago I went to a movie featuring Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany called "Master and Commander: The far Side of the World" and instantly wanted to sail on a tall ship. A good friend of mine we'll call "Morgan" informed me that the film was based upon a series of books know, collectively, as the Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian which only furthered my desire to sail on a tall ship. But alas it is my lot to live in land-locked Iowa where tall ships are exceedingly, nay exasperatingly rare. So what is a bushcrafter to do when he has sailing blood coursing through his Scandinavian veins? Why he needs to improvise a sailboat!
So I did, during a summer camp at work.
The kids, other naturalists, and I took a couple of canoes down to a lake found near our Nature Center and then set about to find sticks to use in lashing the canoes into a pontoon and for the mast for our sail. The sail in this case was my ever present surplus poncho.
We lashed the two canoes together with assorted ropes and 550 p-chord and three, wrist diameter sticks each about 3'-3.5' long.
hackberries (Celtis occidentalis L. ) that were being shaded out by some old cottonwoods. In this picture you can see me and two other naturalists lashing the starboard (right-hand) mainmast to the thwart located abaft (behind) the bow seat.
Anyone else ever improvised a sailboat? I'd love to hear about it!