To Everything There Is A Season…

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Well, the calender has now turned over to November, the leaves are continuing to fall and I am only one week from heading out to Annapolis to pick up “Journey.” I got an email last week that said CLC would be putting the kit together early this week and that she should be ready to pick up by Friday. So, my plan is to leave after church next Sunday, drive to Seymour, IN to pick up my son, Ben, put him behind the wheel and go east until we get to Chesapeake Bay. Hopefully that will put us in somewhere in the vicinity of Annapolis, Maryland. 🙂

The next time I post, I should be beginning the building process.




Patiently Waiting…

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Ok, so the truth is,  that I’m not so patiently waiting. The last I heard from CLC (Chesapeake Light Craft) is that my Pocketship kit would be ready sometime around November 5th. Unfortunately, I think that I am worse than a kid waiting for Christmas.

I have (up to now) resisted the temptation to bug the folks at CLC to “check” on the status of my order. I have to admit that I do find myself periodically glancing at CLC’s shop cam, watching the activity and the new boats being born, wondering if someone nearby is picking up a piece of paper with my name on it, saying, “Oh here is the Pocketship order for that guy in Indiana, let’s get this done and out before he starts bugging us.” (I imagine that you are beginning to think that I have way too much time on my hands… exactly! That is why I can’t wait for Pocketship to arrive so that I can begin the build)

My time hasn’t been completely wasted. My garage is now ready for Pocketship’s arrival

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You might notice the outline (approximate) of Pocketship on the floor. I wanted to be sure that I had enough room for the build. (perhaps that thought was a little late) I also wanted to show my wife that her car wouldn’t have to live outside all winter 🙂

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I also have been working on my clamp collection.  Everything I have read has pointed me in the direction that one can never have too many clamps. So hopefully this will be enough to get started 🙂

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I check my emails everyday, anxiously awaiting the one from CLC telling me when “Journey” will be ready, Then, we will take a road trip to Annapolis and bring her home 🙂

The Journey Begins

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You want to build a what? That has pretty much been the reaction so far. I have been dreaming about this project now for over a year, but to be honest, I am not sure exactly where this dream came from. My brother loved to sail, but I have only been out on a sailboat once, and even though it was an awesome experience and I loved it, the dream of building and sailing my own sailboat is a little more of a recent phenomena.

Ok, here is a true confession. Now don’t laugh! I am afraid that part of the inspiration for this dream is from John Candy’s movie “Summer Rental.” In the movie John Candy plays an over worked air-traffic controller (Jack Chester) who takes his family on a summer vacation and ends up learning to sail from an old buccaneer named Scully.

Scully [Discussing the ocean] She’ll make ya rich, or she’ll feed ya to the fishes. If she wants you to dance, sonny boy, you’ve got to follow her lead.
Jack Chester (John Candy): Didn’t I read that on your bathroom wall?
Scully: Yes. And it’s as true today as when I hung it there.

One day while looking at a kayak website, I happened upon a sailboat called “Pocketship” and fell immediately in love. It is small enough that you can build it in a garage, and it can also be pulled behind a small vehicle. On the other hand, it is large enough for four people to sail and two can comfortably sleep in the roomy interior.

Here is the link to Pocketship’s website:

Now here is the bad news. First of all, I have never built a boat before, and the second problem is that I have no idea how to sail. The good news is that 10 years ago I didn’t know anything about being a minister either and look at me today:) (Of course there may be those who say that I still don’t know anything about being a minister, but that’s beside the point:)

Back in June I ordered the plans and the 280 page construction manual. After three months of studying, planning, dreaming and prayers, I finally took the plunge and ordered the kit. I found out today that the kit will be ready to be picked up sometime around November 5th. (Can I possibly wait that long???)

I hope that you will travel with me as the adventure to build Pocketship “Journey” has officially begun.