Thanks for the offer. We might just take you up on that. It would be good to sit down and have a coffee. Clare will be e-mailing me the boat photos today from school
when she gets a moment, so I will put those up soon and you could have a look. I have been reading the bruce roberts
book, and any others they have in the library on steel
boats. Wheels has told me that a fire can warp the frames pretty easily, so I suppose that is something to look at. He said that most folks take a couple of years to finish one out, so that is a strike against it, but at 45 to 50 feet long (paced out, not a very scientific measurement) it is biiiig. The metal is pitted and hull
a bit unfair, but a big ugly boat can still carry a lot of people and stuff, even if it isnt "yachtie". Oh, for anyone who might beinterested, the rigging
knife is now on trademe at the below.
As far as experiences, in Panama
it really was quite easy to get things to the folks who needed them. We didnt come prepared enough because we didnt know how things would go, and did not have a ton of stuff with us. I should say that these are not "the unwashed masses" or anything, just people who are generally very happy (kids are always laughing) who just dont have very much at all. Truth is you (or me) are probably doing yourself more of a favour (ego boost? warm fuzzy feeling?) by helping them, than you think. That whole getting more than you give thing is pretty spot on.
Not much is wasted when folks are poor (or dont have a large income
, which I think is more appropriate, since poor is often associated with lazy, stupid, etc.). The kids
would ask if we had t-shirts or things like that. We would generally offer a trade
, as it works better for everyone. Ask for a couple of coconuts or something easy. They will come back with a heap of them, and everyone keeps their dignity. For things like medicine, books
, etc. There will be a bit of asking around involved, but that wont take long. We had a bike that we wanted to get rid of, and so just leaned it against a garbage, and it was gone in hours. Hopefully some little kid was happy. Also, rusted tools that most people would consider beyond help went like hotcakes. It doesnt matter how it gets to them, just that it does.
OK Gotta run for now,