Shipmates, let me tell you about a sea change in my thinking. As I fitted the new central thwart and strong chunky knees in the stern and bow of Mariners' dinghy I was seized with a sea fever of reveries involving 'Swallows and Amazons'. Small creeks, estuaries, sandbanks, islands, rowing, sculling, sailing, camping, pirate flags and hidden treasure exploded into my consciousness and I became entranced with the idea of fitting a centerboard, mast and sail. After such a inundation of enticing possibilities all I can say is, "who am I to ignore my muse?"
Here, straddling the sawhorses are the dinghies new floorboards, the edges of which I have just planed smooth, having cut them from a sheet of plywood with my trusty 36 year old Makita jigsaw. I will coat them in resin and two pot paint to make them weather proof and durable.
I have placed this model of a small shoal draft centerboard gaff cutter (Not unlike the late great Maurice Griffiths little 'Lone Gull') in the window of my diminutive workshop. It helps focus the mind.