I attended the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, Connecticut, this weekend and had an absolute blast! My primary mission was to get up close and personal with a real live Goat Island Skiffs. Once I learned that Michael Storer would be attending, I cleared my calendar and made this trip a top priority.
It was an honor and a pleasure to meet the GIS designer, especially alongside a GIS in progress. It was a very encouraging sign that I had to wait my turn to meet Michael as he was busy talking to seriously interested potential builders. Go Goat! Here I am with my father chatting it up with MIK.
|Explaining to my Dad the purpose of the two mast positions in this yawl version of the GIS|
I was actually not expecting to see this particular GIS, knowing that it's builder, Clint Chase, had plans to be quite busy in the Family Boat Building event. Thankfully, he chose to display his in-progress Goat alongside an example of the Eric Risch-designed Echo Bay Dory Skiff that was being built in the Family Boat Building tent.
|Visit Clint's website! Buy his stuff!|
Nor did he capture my encounter with the inimitable--some might say infamous--Christophe, aka Callsign222. His attendance was another surprise (to me) and I was very glad to meet the intrepid owner, builder, and captain of the sailing vessel I Am Zinea, Pterodactylus. His exploits are legendary--epic even--and are chronicled in his blog, Goat Island Skiff Amateur Style which the reader will find linked to the right of this scribbling. I highly recommend visiting his blog for the sheer entertainment value as well as a thorough and extremely helpful log of his GIS build. I only regret we could not spend more time getting to know one another. Alas, there was much more to see such as...
Another beautiful Goat Island Skiff!
Paul of Connecticut displayed his GIS in the Built It Myself exhibit, committing to attending all three days and remaining available with his craft for visitors to ask questions.
|Owner/builder Paul with his handiwork|
|The author pontificates...|
Another Storer design was present in the form of a Quick Canoe Electric under the Family Boat Building tent. This is an evolution of his Quick Canoe design to accommodate a trolling motor on a small transom. These Quick Canoes are intended to be inexpensive builds suitable for a couple of seasons of use rather than heirloom quality crafts. Here MIK explains the benefits of tape as an alternative to traditional copper stitching.
Other Family Boat Building projects:
There was way too much to see in an afternoon. It was, after all, a three-day event. Here are a few select images of all the beautiful boats gathered:
Many thanks to my photographer, brother, and captain of the sailing vessel Bag Of Tricks, Rick LaFontaine. Please respect his work by not pirating his images. If you have occasion to make copies of these photos, please give him credit as he has worked hard to deserve it.
My apologies to all the boat owners whose vessels appear here without a citation. I will gladly add whatever information is made available.
I hope to see YOU next year at the WoodenBoat Show with my own Goat Island Skiff on display!