Re: Chesapeake Bay Flattie in Charleston


Grant (Charley and John McC's friend) sent this to the wrong address:

"My heart skipped a beat when I saw your pictures of Ted Chism's Hampton flattie! Howard Chappelle's real boats for real people were some of the inspirational source material I was carrying in my head when I built Sweet Matta Udu in West Africa in 2009. Of course Billy Atkin designed a number of flat-bottom sailboats and those too were high in my thinking.
I asked a young local carpenter for a one-year commitment to build the boat with me and we did it -- just barely. We had one power tool -- a 3/8 inch drill. The inside of the planking was left rough, and I took shortcuts I'm now embarrassed to admit, but the boat was a success in her homespun way.

"Thanks for the Flattie pics, I hope she is still well afloat. I'll be in Toledo with a couple of kayaks and will be happy to chat with fellow Old Coots.

"Grant Morseth, Tucson"

I'm looking forward to seeing you in Toledo, Grant.

John <jkohnen@...>
I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer. (Brendan Behan)

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