View Full Version : Kids an' boats an' me...

09-06-2004, 11:34 AM
Charlia and Robyn in Awe Shucks

Joanna and Laura in Golden Girl.

Daniel bring Little Islander up to warp speed.

Let 'er rain.

A couple of granddaughters, the grandneighbors and one of the luckiest old coots in town..

Karl A. Hilbert
09-06-2004, 12:38 PM
Well done !

09-06-2004, 12:59 PM
..hats look sorta familiar...

09-06-2004, 01:36 PM
Indeed, the one I'm wearing probably has your finger prints on it. Thank you very much. smile.gif Outfitting the rest of the crew with the name of the boat each one built embrodried on the back dang near broke the bank. :cool: , eh?

[ 09-06-2004, 02:49 PM: Message edited by: NormMessinger ]

09-06-2004, 02:05 PM
yeah, Norm...but ain't it great when the young critters take an interest in something other than ?????music?????and drugs.....?...electronic games, skateboards and such.....

Captain Pre-Capsize
09-06-2004, 02:20 PM
OK Norm, help me out here. What are the two designs the children are in? One looks like a dory type and the other has a transom.

With three of my own not yet safely innoculated against Fungitus Boatum I still have a chance to infect them.

How was the build on them in term of time? Something the children could do with Dad's help?


09-06-2004, 02:39 PM
Well Done, Norm! Finestkind.


09-06-2004, 02:52 PM
Well, lessee, Cap'n.

Little Islander is a One-Sheet Skiff. Daniel built it when he was eight. He's almost 13 now and still a little squirt but catches on really quickly and has wasted, his sisters say, hundreds of nails just driving them in to boards. Except where strength was lacking, he required as little help from me as any of them.

Aweshucks and Golden Girl are the baddly missnamed Six-Hour Canoes. Both girls were about 14 when they built them but there was considerable difference in the amount of help they required. Robyn was bigger and stronger but lacked confidence. Mostly she required urging, you can do it. Hence the name, "Awe shucks folks, yeah I built it."

The boat inside Awe Shucks on the truck is the so called "Cheap Canoe." It's made from two sheets of 1/4" plywood as the 6-hours but the sides are cut differently which makes for a much lighter and smaller canoe.

Only Little Islander has a transom so I'm not sure what you see that looks like one.

Fortunately I've ran out of grandkids 'cause I have all the boats I can haul. We had seven at the lake yesterday though not all got used.

On the other hand, Kit will be 20 in November and I'll turn only 70. Lessee.... 12-15 years from now I could be building with great grand kids. :cool:

John B
09-06-2004, 03:55 PM
You are a legend Norm. :D I'd say they are the lucky ones but its a two way street eh.

09-06-2004, 05:21 PM
What a happy photo, and for such a good cause. We should arrange for you to get more neighbor kids!

09-06-2004, 08:40 PM
Neat stuff, Norm!!
:cool: smile.gif

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-07-2004, 01:25 AM
I wish I lived next door to you Norm. :D
Looks like you have fun in your neighborhood. smile.gif

09-07-2004, 04:43 AM
Beaudifulll------ :D

Chadd Hamilton
09-07-2004, 01:33 PM
Every neighborhood in America needs a person like you, Norm!


09-08-2004, 05:50 AM
Well done Norm, every kid should have you as a neighbor! :D

09-08-2004, 06:45 AM
Watch out world, Norm is building his own navy in anticipation of taking over the world. ;)

BTW good job Norm. Which do you like better, the cheap canoe or the 6-hour? I've got a cheap canoe, but not the 6-hour.


09-08-2004, 08:19 AM
I don't know, Chad. You think I've had a chance to try them?

The Cheap Canoe is much lighter. I have no trouble lifting it on to the truck alone. Can't do that with a Six-hour. There is considerably more rocker in the Six-hour and a lot more windage on the ends. One kid in a Six-hour does not put both stem and stern in the water so it is hard to control in a breeze. It wins hands down for looks in my opinion though Laura (Alpha D) disagrees. The cost to build would be about the same though glass tape and epoxy probably costs a bit more than the 1x2's in the Six-hour's chines. Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer chances.

Me being selfish, self-centered and hedonistic, all the acolades expressed above should go to the kids. Don't cause me to reevaluate my motives for sharing their fun with youall, too. My granddaughters have no choice and I just happened to fill a vacuum for the grandneighbors that would be unlikely as a rule.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-08-2004, 08:32 AM
You're too humble Norm, but I agree you're surrounded by good kids. smile.gif
You reap what you sow. :D

garland reese
09-08-2004, 09:18 AM
Norm, you are a fine fellow indeed........wish I'da had an adopted granpa like you in my neighborhood, as a kid. ;)


Joe (SoCal)
09-08-2004, 09:38 AM
NICE smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif
7 smiles

Ian Wright
09-08-2004, 01:20 PM
There should be more Norms,,,,,,,,,,,,,
IanW smile.gif smile.gif

09-08-2004, 02:38 PM
You are one of the few who has discovered the "true" rewards of boatbuilding.

Jonathan Kabak
09-08-2004, 05:24 PM
I want to be Norm when I grow up!

Tom M.
09-09-2004, 01:19 AM
Me too! (ie; You're an inspiration. Thanks smile.gif )