Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sailing the seas of trash...

My friend Jerod got in his physicist brain the other month, the desire to build a boat to sail the canals of Long Beach, solely made out of found (and free) materials. The design took on many forms based on what he could scrounge together from FreeCycle and dumpster diving with Tim Tim and the Dumpster Muffins. This weekend I was lucky enough to be an honorary member of Jerod and Jeff's sailing club (but never for the Kayak Club- Boys Only. Whatever. In exchange for being an honorary member of the Sailing Club, apparently I have to quilt them a flag for the boat) and got to tag along on the first launch. Jeff and I helped Jerod to screw together his milk crates and milk jugs, two by fours, and trash can filled with spray foam and pushed him off into the sea. He was triumphant when he realized it actually floated and would bear his weight, and then somewhat frightened when it subsequently started to sink. Luckily he wasn't far out in the canal and the coast guard was close by. He made it back to shore safely.

Lessons were learned and plans were revised, and now both Jerod and Jeff want boats so they can "sail" them together. I think I'll stick with the Recipe, Craft, and Social Activism Clubs for now.




2 comments:

-seth said...

that looks awesome! I'm gonna need to get in on this watery-action.

Liv said...

Sure. As long as you have trash and a Y chromosome, you're in the club.