Skinning a QAJAQ part 2

Way back a March of 2014 I had a post about re-skinning a Qajaq (kayak) a Greenland style “Skin-on-frame” boat. Yes it consists of a wooden frame covered with some fabric. The original boats would have been covered with Seal Skins, but in more modern times we use a variety of fabrics, this one was covered with Dacron, then painted to waterproof the hull. I left that post with a couple photos after the hull was skinned, but not a complete boat that would float. I’ve seen Dave (the boat owner) a many times since but he was paddling other boats – he has a job at a kayak shop so he was testing and demonstrating a variety of boats- and owns some others. My luck was with me this past week. Dave’s boat and I showed up at the same place at the same time. He’s had it out many times but not when I was around. But this last week we paddled at a club’s weekly paddle and pot-luck. He had two boats, one was a Current Design composite hull that his son used for the evening, and the boat that we worked on and I had the chance I’d been waiting for to take some photos of it. After that the three of us paddled together for a while.


The cockpit combing.


The re-skinned Qajaq along-side the Current Design.


Paddling on the South River at Galesville, Md.

some refrences
All Things QAJAQ
Walden Qajaq Society
Qajaq history
Qajak.NL this site is in Dutch

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Looking for a Pint of Bitters

Our wives had a name for the three of us from the office, “The Jolly Boys”. When we were not Geocaching, we might be seen out sailing. The Irish Sea gave us many hours of enjoyment. A couple of times when the wind was brisk enough we did make it all the way to the Ramsey on the Isle of Man. That made for a long weekend. But this weekend was different.

We were out for a short sail, by the time we went out through the Lock at the Whitehaven Marina it was about noon, and back in the late afternoon. When we finished mooring and cleaned up the boat, making it “Ship Shape”, we were ready for a pint. But a quick geocache find first. We easily found Lime Tongue, The Lime Tongue was the third of the extensions in the harbour built in 1754. It is believed that the name comes not from the trade with lime fruits, but refers to the lime used in the production of cement. We walked out to the Crows Nest where we found some seats to rest on while we searched for the easy cache.

Once this completed we headed back to W Stand Street where we found a bicycle “parking park”. No ale here so we turned right, Across from the Old Customs House someone was launching a sloop for a sail tomorrow. Half a block ahead we found our target. Two establishments to get some refreshments, Harbourside Bar/Cafe promising “Good Food and Drink Served All Day” and Waterfront Bar and Dining. That’s where we headed for a refreshing pint, or two, of Bitters and something to eat.

Sailing brings on a hearty appetite. To accompany my pint I ordered the Shredded duck, stir fried veggie with hot sin sauce. While the others ordered Spicy fajita with guacamole, sour cream and tomato relish wrap.

For Sunday Photo Fiction July-5th-2015

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I know I’m a hottie. 


I’ve seen many dog walkers that don’t bring water for their dogs. When I’m out on my bicycle I almost always carry two water-bottles, one for me one for the dogs. Dogs remember me, I make instant friends.

Originally posted on Let Sleeping Poodles Lie:



I cannot deal. I’m not made for this heat. My glorious curls are not made for this heat.

Here are some ways to keep your puppies (wink wink, nudge nudge) cool in this weather.

1. Get a bangin’ haircut. The lackeys have not done this and I do not look good. Yes, your dogs hair will also droop in the heat/humidity and yes, it will FELT if they keep getting wet. Ew.

2. All the water. All the water everywhere. I demand bowls around the house – I can’t be expected to traipse around the house like a common human. Also, any dog worth it’s weight in curls, will have a garden water feature such as a pond on their land. The lackeys have not provided one for me, (I’m currently going through the complaints procedure), but Grandma does, so I require frequent visits.

3. A fan. Oh…

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Who do we celebrate next?

Today’s “The Daily Prompt” brought up a thought provoking question.

Many countries celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why

There have been many answers; brothers/sister, Aunt/Uncle, cousin. My first thought came to a close member of the family. At times (s)he isn't thought of as a relative, but none the less a real member of the family.



Yes the family pet. As a constant companion it is always there, sometimes more loving than the ‘people’ of the family. They are always there, even in your saddest moments, they are at your side to bolster your spirit. They deserve their own day, actually many days.

As a side note, my mom once agreed with me when I told her’ “Everyday should be Mother’s Day”.

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Portals to the other side


I found this door along a country road, in Carroll County. Maryland (USA). I don’t think that anyone will be entering or leaving soon.


Then there is this Garage door with an “Eyebrow” in Gratitude, Maryland.


Finally this old door with the warning


This is on the “Psychopathic Building – 1914” at an semi-abandoned local State Hospital. Looking closely you can read “LiL BL” carved into the door but no other graffiti is visible.

For July 3rd Photo Challenge DOOR

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Watch those wings

Today was just like most other days, warm with hardly a breeze blowing. My daily habit was to cruise up 16th Street in DC. My usual was to start about Newton St where 16th starts to head downhill to “Tiger Bridge”. You see I’m a pigeon, some call me a ‘winged rat’.

Today’s flight was a bit different. I would normally glide down as the traffic light at Newton turned green and glide just a yard or two above the front of a car. As the cars accelerate they form a wave of air over their hood. Some of the larger cars and buses have quite a “Bow Wave”, not unlike the wake made by any ship in the water.

But today I was going to get into trouble. Here I was doing about 25mph at an altitude of about a yard above a car when I looked down and saw angle wings. Ok, this is a Rolls with a rather blunt front end, it makes a huge ‘bow wave’. Those cars with great streamlining are not good to soar over. The next thing I knew I was almost scraping my beak off the paving. The driver of the Rolls had hit the brakes, killing the lift I was soaring in. As I flapped to gain altitude I looked back. The darned driver was laughing. Obviously he knew a bit about flying a glider and what would happen when my source of lift was cut off.

for Sunday Photo Fiction – June 28th 2015

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