What would you do?
Well, I do have what passes for a plan.
Hint: I'm in something of a hurry, on account of my incredible good luck, thanks to a Flashes
classified ad, in locating and buying a good wooden Lightning mast and boom.
Last year, Dumb Ass Idea
arrived at my warehouse with an oval aluminum mast and boom. At the time, the modern touches seemed the big selling point. My original plan was to sail it with the modern rig. Know what? That sounds boring. Now that I'm ready to sail 6279, or DAI, it appears that I'll have a nice old wooden mast to put on it.
And that sounds like fun. Exciting enough fun to make me want to get aboard this "new" 1956 boat.
Now, not in 2006.
So how to seal that crack?
I murmured my solution and got a word of caution from my 17-year-old son:
"Don't use duct tape, Dad."
Because, Abe says, Popular Science tested various tapes and found that duct tape is the worst tape there is. Even as duct tape, it's the worst. Well, if not duct tape, what?
The whole point of this column was to brag about fixing a boat with tape.
So I'm locked into tape. I know—I'll try that fiberglass reinforced packing tape.
Hey, we're not going to circumnavigate the world.
There you have it, folks—yet another high-tech tip on wooden boat restoration, thanks to your Cedar & Spruce columnist.
We're on the cutting edge here—this is a big experiment.
Tell you how it works later.
Gotta tape that boat.
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