I mentioned winning the 2011 Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival Wooden Boat Challenge, and for some reason missed last year. Which is a shame, because last year's competition was awesome, and we trained with a group of high school guys who built a boat that floated and got around the course, and, of course, we won it. Though not without effort, there was a team that build a 20+’ outrigger canoe, as they were building we were thinking “there’s no way they’re going to turn that”, and when they got past they buoy they just scooted around and paddled the boat the other way.
Anyway, a little refresher: 2 sheets of 3/8” x 4’ x 8’ plywood, 12 pieces of 1” x 2” x 8’ lumber, 2 pieces of 2” x 2” x 8’ lumber, 2 lbs of 1” or 1¼” deck screws, lb of 1” nails, 1 roll of duct tape, 3 tubes of caulking, 25’ of poly rope, 1 piece of poly sheeting (9’ x 10’).
3 hours, hand tools and battery powered drill drivers only, you can add decorative elements (paint, sculpture and decoration which doesn’t impact the boat), and then you race.
This year, we’ve been warned that if we do the same thing next year there’ll be arbitrary handicaps applied after the fact. So we have to think about some way to really jazz it up. I’m also thinking I should write up a page of “everything we know about quickly building a fast boat out of construction grade ply”.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke