I've been making lists. Year after year, I've made a few lists of things I've wanted to do or get done. I'm currently looking at a list I made two years ago. I have a list I made a year prior to that. They're similar sadly. It was time to get things done.
I used to be a good blogger. Now I'm a poor one. I've got that on my list as something to fix. I'm hoping this blog will be a way to keep me on track and to keep me honest about it all.
There are things I want to see and things I want to do, but I'm staring down all these paths and not sure which route to take.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Currently this is my list:
- Climb Mount Washington
- Hike Something else
- Moto Camping
- Build Something
- Make Humidor
- Roll Cigars
- Roast Coffee
- Play Paintball
- Ice Boating
- Fix Mast on Ice Boat
- Paint VC-17 on Sail Boat
- Need Spinnaker for Sail boat
- Brew Beer
- Make Kegorator
- Make Mead - Strawberry Honey
- Winter Project?
- Balance tires on Triumph
- Change gauges on Triumph
- Water Skiing
- Cut out Iceboat runners
- Travel to Canada
- Snowmobile ride/tour
- Travel to Motorcycle Event
- Goto Triumph Event
- Enter MGTF into Car Show
- Dinner Train
- Breakfast on Mt. Washington Boat
- Trap Shooting
- Go Somewhere Tropical - Have Beach Drink
- Goto Masons
So that's my list. Now to my credit I've done a few of those recently. I suppose that since I wrote it two years ago it was only a matter of time before I did complete a few.
Living in New Hampshire, Mount Washington is the highest peak and the greatest challenge. While first on my list it will most likely be the last item accomplished.
There is so much to do in life and frankly life in general can get in the way. The day to day grind of work/life/kids/whatever right? We forget to keep pushing forward on our personal education, life experiences and what not. So these are mine and I'm going to spend the rest of this year trying to not only finish this list, but add onto this list.
Instead of saying "I wish I did x,y,z..." I can say "I did x, y, z..."
So raise a glass for doing.
Going to revive this place.
The old broken boat is now fixed, but in need of a new paint scheme. I've decided to paint it blue and black. The problem is, it's 20 degrees out and oil based paint just takes so darn long to stop being sticky at that temperature.
So I did the next best thing... I brought it all inside next to the fire
I'm sure the Mrs will enjoy our new center piece!
Otter Pond - January 1st, 2015
Otter Pond has seen a few iceboats over the past week and per my personal tradition, I packed up my truck with my boat and headed north.
I'm quite lucky to live where I do. Massebesic as my home port only 20 minutes west of me and a lake such as Sunapee (with Otter Pond) more or less on the other side of the road about 45 minutes north-west, and Winnipesaukee an hour north of me.
I got to the ice and noticed not only iceboaters but a whole flock of iceflyers also.
I started to set up my DN and talked to the locals aleady there to be made aware of the hazards on the pond. On the right of the pond about 1000 feet out there is some very thin ice and open water due to a flowing inlet. Hard to see unless you are already on top of it. It was marked off with an orange cone.
Elsewhere in the far cove, just stay away from the shoreline. That was it.
It was the other hazards that made it difficult. More skaters than you would find in a Canadian town's hockey league... It's been a few years since I've stepped onto Otter, but I've never seen this many people skating here. Maybe a new local tradition? Honestly, as I was packing up a local school hockey team showed up.
The other hazard was the ever shifting, 15 knot gusting winds. I spun my DN in a 360 over the course of 2 minutes trying to keep the nose into the wind and one or two boats had to be caught as they thought they could pilot themselves apparently.
In the end it was easier to just do this:
The ice was smooth and would be rated a 6 to 7. Little to no drag on the blades. Very fast.
Sounds like our Maine friends are having some good ice up there, but I'll take what I can get closer to home! Boats will be sailing there tomorrow and for as long as they can before the skies open up and give us that inevitable white stuff.
Get there early tomorrow. Most folks will be there at 10:00.
Sides were cracking, the front bulkhead under the mast was smashed. I thought she had seen better days. But my first iceboat is about to get a new lease on life. In the infamous words of the million dollar man: "We can rebuild. . ."
Stickers removed, sides sanded down to show the cracks. The sides were pulled in to expose the cracks more, glued and then clamped down.
A proper block was built and put under the mast where no block was found before. Whomever originally built it neglected to strengthen the most important area of the boat. How it lasted so many years is beyond me.
As you can see, no block under the mast.
So we're adding gunnels to help with the stiffening. A little spruce up with some paint and it will be good as new!
Next on the docket is to build some planks and hulls. Those are coming next. Maybe build up some Massabesic Class hulls for my friends. We like DN's, but we also like to do our own thing. Looking forward to some beer can races on the lake this year.
Anyhow, here's the current work in progress and should be ready for paint by tomorrow