June 2, 2010

Lakes Region: Hitting Sebago on a homemade boat

By DON PERKINS

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Moonrise is intended to be a home for cookouts and sunsets for the Perkins family.

Don Perkins photo

The frame went up easy enough. To combat the fears of tipping, I decided to cant the walls in 5 degrees, which also provided rigidity and allowed a roof overhang without the roof being wider than the boat -- an important consideration if ever going through the Songo Lock.

Every shingle got hand-dipped in linseed oil, the excess getting wiped off before setting them on a tarp to dry. The windows and doors got trimmed in copper flashing.

To my delight, Moonrise has proved to be a surprisingly seaworthy craft -- the naysayers turned out to be a bunch of party poopers! Wind and large boat wakes are not a problem. But I'm not going to push my luck and head to the middle of Sebago on a windy day.

Food does taste better out on the water, and it's a thrill to see this dream realized. This is the first spring that I've been ready for boating season on this beautiful jewel of a lake. The loons have been just as curious as other boaters.

It's been a lesson in perseverance and getting the most out of life. Follow your dreams and rise above the negativity of the naysayers.

See you on the lake.

 

Don Perkins is a freelance writer who lives in Raymond. He can be reached at: presswriter@gmail.com

 

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