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post #15 of Old 10-17-2012
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Re: Building my own dingy

OH, I hate this thread. Many years ago I purchased a book that was being removed from the library with plans and instructions on how to build a dinghy. I retrieved some oak and mahogony from the dunnage yard and there in Naples Italy on my appartment balcony I started planeing out the keel. Well, time flies and soon it was time to return and the dinghy was in a state that it could niether be packed in the household goods nor sold as anything other than scrap wood. So I left it there and regret to this day that I never built my dinghy.
Building a dinghy is a valuable exercise regardless where it leads for all the reasons woolfenzee stated. It's not unlike playing the Stradivarious violin that gave first voice to a quartet by Mozart. Building a dinghy connects you in a visceral way to all the shipswrights of days gone by.
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