Jaimie's Blog .....ooooohhhhhhh the blooooog
I've been taking a much needed rest in the Bahamas after the marathon of inventing amazingness that resulted in the coolest toy ever. :-) While in the Bahamas, though, my building soul couldn't sit still. I noticed that lots of strange, and useful things washed up on the beach, so I started collecting them. I went running on the beach every few days looking for treasure. The hardest trip was my last one. I had almost everything I needed to make a boat, except for a 55gallon drum, some more rope, and a long board. I found them 5 miles away on the beach. I tied the barrel to the board, threw everything else in the barrel, and put the board over my shoulder. On the way back, I picked up some rare shells for the lady down the street who sells them.
I made 2 pontoons out of rectangular jugs. Most of them had holes in them, so I stuffed them with styrofoam and bottles. :-) Next I made a wood frame to connect them. I hit some good luck, and someone let me borrow a saw to make notches in the wood so it fit together well. I tied it all together with ropes, making sure to get the ropes wet first because they stretch out longer when wet, and get nice and tight when they dry out. Then I used big round barrels for the middle pontoon, and put up a mast made out of a small fallen tree. The sails were old beach umbrellas, and I made paddles out of some PVC pipes, rope, and leftover pieces of barrels.
It was great fun, and some of the kids in the area had a blast hitching rides. A neighbor and I went on several fishing trips. It was great! Here's a picture of me with my daughter driving around in the beautiful blue tropical water. Letting your imagination run wild can result in some awesome experiences. :-)
I documented the whole thing, and posted it on youtube starting here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnSPAnFnB6s