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Maybe the beginning of a larger project #32: IT FLOATS!!!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 06-12-2014 05:23 AM 939 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My two children and I finally got a nice weekend to launch hull 816 this past Saturday.

The name of this boat is the Galega after the largest of the three ships Christopher Columbus used. There is some evdence that the Santa Maria was owned by a cartographer which came from Galatia in Europe. I thought it a bit presumptious to call my scow such a significant name so when I learned of the alternate title I was very happy. I like the fact that, as a practical Catholic who is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, I can declare my belief and honour the memory of our order’s namesake. I like the fact that the owner of that ship was a cartographer like myself and that my grandmother came from somewhat the same area.

Galega gets her first taste of water! My biggest concern of the day was that I could lift her on and off the boat trailor.

I’ll post more later but it is soo time for bead:-) :-) Good night all

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2



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#1 posted 06-12-2014 07:21 AM

It floats! Your family will have a great time with this boat Mark. Congratulations on the successful launch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 12:40 PM

Very cool…so happy for you…I am a little closer…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 04:45 PM

My history book says that Columbus’ three ships were the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria … But I still like your project, I think the kids will have more fun than dad … Looks like the sides are foam filled? and double as seating?? ... Great storage hold in the bow … my boat could sure use a bit more storage.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 05:37 PM

Thanks folks. We had a few gremlins but I’ll work ‘em out.
You are right Grumpymike on the three names; the Santa Maria was renamed from the Galega when she was put into Columbus’ service.

I hope to get some pictures with the mast and rigging set up and hopefully with her underway. We were too focused on getting her in the water to stop and take pictures LOL!

The sides are just hollow flotation tanks but will make great fishing/diving platforms when we aren’t sailing. Right now the boom is far too low for comfortable seating while under way. I may actually have to downsize the sail and boom.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 03:49 PM

did you do the rigging? how did she sail?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 06-14-2014 12:35 AM

We had the sail out and a good off shore breeze but I haven’t rebuilt my shattered lee board yet and was trying to use my oars as both keel and rudder. I didn’t have too much control as she seemed to want to sit parallel to the wind. I lowered the sail and started paddling back before we got too far from shore. The experience has convinced me to make my lee board widr and perhaps shorter. That is on the agenda for this weekend. She draws so little water and the sail is a bit oversized from the design on the web site..you could just feel the pull on the hull as the sail filled! I think it will be a fun first boat:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 09:06 PM

Wonderful, that sure is a Family Victory day.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 12:35 AM

Thanks Mads, it certainly was fun!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 05:42 PM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 06-23-2014 01:20 PM

It will take trial and error on the first trips to get her right—-or to get you right…have fun…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 02:24 AM

Will do Matt! It will be a lot of fun to figure it out!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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