Monday, February 16, 2009

Winter Project: The "Cayat"

So last summer I inherited a 1982 Folbot Cayat, a hybrid canoe/kayak/sailboat. (this was the only rigid, non-folding boat produced by Folbot, a company famous for their folding boats.)

For months now I've been boning up on a conflagration of subjects: wooden boat repair, fiberglass boat repair, sail theory & design, bamboo construction techniques, and outriggers.

This weekend I finally put the scraper to the hull and started in on it. With the help of a friend and expert carpenter, I'll be installing a new deck, as well as making some significant upgrades to the sailing hardware. My goal is to have the Cayat back in the water by Memorial Day...we'll see!