Sunday, June 26, 2016
S/V Perry Helps Build New Skiffs
One of the projects we've done over the past 3 days is to build a little 12 foot skiff for a village that lost all if its boats in the cyclone. It's not fancy, but it will get them back out to the reef to catch fish, which is pretty much the sole source of protein for the village. Conrad helped out too, but was eventually kidnapped to play with the village kids.
Mark from Amelie IV found a simple design online, using only 3 sheets of plywood and a few pieces of common dimensional lumber. The design didn't call for it, but we decided to strengthen things by fiberglassing the edges and keel. At the end we ran out of brushes, so resorted to smearing the resin over the fiberglass by hand (creating the unsightly drips).
Total materials cost to build it: about $200 dollars.
Building it on site with the village looking forward to the finished product: priceless.
You can read more about the experiences of SV Perry on their blog.