Man: even as a child, i could draw and paint and sketch, but when I went fishing with my father, and first started with the boats, I realized, because I could build, that that offered a very creative way to make a living, in a way that actually worked in a functional way.
And when fishing came along. and boats in particular, I just knew that was an answer for a way to live. My name is Jerome Canning. I’m born on the island of Merasheen, but my growing up was in the town of Placentia. Well, growing up there was like every kid, I suppose, fun.
We would borrow dories and flats. What we would do, of course, is go rowing and diving and fishing from that little boat. There’s a lot of boat builders I know who, actually, their fathers were boat builders. But, when I learned boats, I did learn from the older gentlemen.
Most of these people, they were boat builder fishermen. And the way they learned how to build boats, was looking. Their whole boatbuilding knowledge was really just what was passed on out on the beach or in the shed. They never had plans.
No one worked from plans. They carried on the tradition of shaping the boat by their own eye. One good thing about boat building is there’s two sides of it. There’s the side that you build alone, and there’s the side that you build with a lot of other people.
Here, the wooden boat museum in winterton, I was hired for the skill of teaching workshops. There’s something about generosity that happens naturally in a workshop. There’s a certain generosity that comes out of people. Sharing their lives, and sharing their stories,.
And that, to me, i think is the most enjoyable. What’s important to me is that I do realize that I have a part to play in passing on knowledge that I learned from my parents’ generation, and they had learned from their parents’ generation.
I want my son to build a boat with me, I think for all the same reasons that I came into becoming a boat builder. I think they’re still valid today. If I can work with my son on it, I know that he would say, I learned to build with my father.
Building Tiki 26 in 180 Days
For years i had been longing for my own boat while sitting at the sea or in the docks. I had bougth literature and magazines with a scent of see. I went diving, fishing and sometimes I drove a boat. I even bought two plans but I never had the guts to start. One day in a magazine called YU NAVTIKA I read several articles about catamarans.
I was the most inspired by milos delac’s article describing a dyy 8 meter. It was love at first sight. I wrote to the constructor and he sent me a brochure and after that i could not decide to build it for another long 15 years. To choose a boat is no picnic. There are many questions and the choice depends.
On several things the aim and the area of sailing included. a boat should be easy to carry around, it should not think too deep, there should be a lot of space on the deck, it has to be fast and of course it has to be low cost and easy to maintain. The other day I was sitting at the end of the dock in the town of Izola watching boats sailing by thinking how it is all about.
Three primal wishes: luxury, speed and low price. I was thinking how to join all of them and i was comparing boats along themselves. A luxury and fast boat cost a lot of money. A luxurious and cheap one is usually an old fart that gets you nowhere and there are high costs included and and unforeseen. Well, a quick, luxurious and chip boat. with a large deck. that does not.
Think too deep while sailing. even the transport needs to be easy. That could only be a catamaran! In the summer of 2003 it has all started. I sent 385 GBP to the constructor in Great Britain. After a week I got a huge envelope with construction plans in it.
The next day i have already caught myself buying wood. The most i was wondering how can an amateur that knows nothing about building boats can built a DIY (doityourself) catamaran. Probably it was because of this question that the majority never thinks of DIY. Well, it was no difficult, I just started and somehow it went.
The constructor adapted plans to beeasyto read for those that have no clue what doit yourself means in the first place. The doityourself construction plan is actually a comic book including all of the instructions on how to use tools and materials. It is meant as a construction of playwood, wood and epoxy. So the boat is easy, flexible and strong.
I got all the material without a problem in slovenia. I got oak wood and ocume playwood in a Slovenijales store in Setvid near Ljubljana that is usually imported by the Javor company from the town of Pivka. Even this company has its store in Ljubljana, however they want you to pay immediately. In Slovenijales they gave me wood in advance and a had it transported.