Someday I'll get better pictures of this, the first boat I built:
Its interesting how important things sneak into one's life. Case in point: A few years ago I was a self-employed carpenter working like mad, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. Ambitious. At some point we had a 3 week break in between houses. I can't tell you what happened during those three weeks. I was so tired.
For two weeks I think I just existed, recovering. During the third week I saw the drawings for the boat pictured here on the internet. I don't know what possessed me to build it, but once I had a taste of building something truly beautiful, I knew I could never go back. From then on, house carpentry was just how I made my living. But boatbuilding, well at that point I knew I would do it until I died, preferably for a living, since that's the only way I can afford to do it all the time!
This design is a MacGregor by Iain Oughtred. Named after the famous Scot John MacGregor of "A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe" fame, this boat is a nod to the type of boat John MacGregor made famous in the late 19th century. 15'-8" long, 31 inches beam. Its far more gorgeous in person...just a beautiful object. And a great sea boat too!