After taking twice as long as it takes to make a baby, I have managed to complete my Eastport Pram.
John Harris personally sold me a pram kit at the 2006 Annapolis boat show. I started working on it almost immediately, but I took a long hiatus from it last summer. Sailing a friend's El Toro last fall provided encouragement to get back to building her. Even after stepping up the effort, I began April of this year with epoxy coating, painting and varnishing still unbegun. I really wanted to have her ready by the time decent weather hit Colorado. So I did what I always do when I have to get something done: I set a deadline. In this case, it was in the form of a cookout at my house this last Sunday where I invited 40 people over to see my new boat. I actually finished her with 5 days to spare!
I displayed her in the library of our house. It has a cathedral ceiling, so I could raise her sail.
Finally, after waiting for alignment between weather and schedules, I finally got a chance to get her wet and christen her today. I'm very happy with how she sails. I think I'm happy with how she rows, but I sheared off the pin in one of the bronze oarlocks within 5 minutes of rowing her.
I've been keeping a blog of my construction adventures at http://steves-boat.blogspot.com/
I've also got a photo album of her construction and maiden voyage at http://picasaweb.google.com/steve.noname/Pram
By the way, I named her "geall", which is Gaelic for "promise".