I get frustrated with myself at times. Seriously, FRUSTRATED.
Why? ‘Cus I am perpetually driven in the quest to KNOW THINGS. Not anything in particular, but EVERYTHING I come into contact with.
I have just spent DAYS and an unknown amount of data researching building, floating paddling all sorts of DIY kayaks, canoes and rowers. From fuselage type builds, woodstrip, skin on frame, to hardcore Fiberglass construction, I have been digging in? Here is one of the places I have spent a LOT of time at. Check out this video of one of his builds. (link, can’t seem to embed it)
WHY? you may ask. (and I
occasionally frequently ask myself the same damned thing)
It’s not like I have any intention of actually building one of these boats, I have one that I am quite comfortable with and does what I want it to do. I really have no intention of serious whitewater life, though later on I may do the coastal thing on a vacation or two, but that’s two different animals. I know that this boat can handle class II water, likely even class III, and I have zero intention of anything higher than 2.2 .
Ah, that’s the side of me that gets others frustrated (my dad). It’s an inherent part of my personality. I need to know as much as I can about whatever I am getting into, because I
like prefer being self-sufficient in all of my endeavors. It may be trivial information at best, but the fact that “trivial” information frequently becomes “useful” information isn’t a bad thing. I gotta learn, and learn, and learn. I may not build a boat, but by god the techniques will come in handy for other things. And knowing that its possible opens up other possibilities along the way.
And who knows: knowing how to make a kayak from wood strips and skins made a couple of indigenous people into a survivor group in climates that kill normal people with a quickness. That’s a skill set that can’t be bad to have.