Resurrect a sailboat

The Hobie cat sail boat has been sitting dormant under a young oak tree (who is already starting to show beautiful fall colors) since last summer when Ryan capsized it. It was a windy day.

 

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The Hobie Cat before the grand sinking of 2013

The boat was sadly destined for scrap.

A few weeks ago Ryan turned it in to a fun pull behind the jet ski ride. The past couple of days Ryan was yearning for a small sailboat. Instead of buying one Ryan came up with a plan to resurrect the Hobie and make it sail again.

We went to Your Chucks hardware store in Webster. Ryan bought an assortment of supplies- some 2×4’s, box of screws, PVC pipes and a 10 foot metal pole. I bought a bird feeder and pipe cleaners.

 

 

building a stable mast holder
building a stable mast holder

 

 

Cutting a new smaller sail
Cutting a new smaller sail

 

Back home the grass grew even taller as Ryan worked all day on his sailboat project not even stopping for lunch. I was recruited to sew the sail. Ryan cut the old sail and I hemmed up the edge and made a pocket for the mast.

Sailing the new and improved (smaller) sail.
Sailing the new and improved (smaller) sail.
Checking out the sail
Checking out the sail

 

Ryan finished up his project this morning when the lake was beautifully still. He had lunch and the winds picked up and he took the sailboat out for a spin.

The hobie cat sails again.
The hobie cat sails again.

 

Watching Ryan sail
Watching Ryan sail

 

 

 

 

Pay tribute to Buddy Holly

Feb. 3, 1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The a big Bopper does in a plane crash north of Clear Lake, Iowa.

We were reading about it as we drove north on 35 headed to MN and decided to stop and pay tribute. The crash site is right off I-35 on a gravel road in a corn field. There is a large metal sculpture of wayfarer glasses like Buddy Holly was known to wear.

There is a small memorial set up where the plane crashed. People paying visit have left an assortment of trinkets including CDs, pennies, toys and expired debit cards. We didn’t come prepared with an offering so we didn’t leave anything.

Recently a memorial was put up for the pilot of the plane.

If you go in the warm season- bring big spray!

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