Mast & Spars
Being all wood, this skiff wont sink, however
it wont float high enough when swamped to make self rescue very
feasible. Foam floatation can be easily added making use of construction
foam available in 4'x8' sheets in thicknesses from 3/4" to 2".
(Blue board behaves better during cutting than the white stuff, which
sheds little balls.) Cut pieces to fit the bow, stern and under the seat
and mast partner. Make a cardboard pattern to guide you. Triangle for
the bow, trapezoid for the stern, etc. The pieces can be stacked and
either glued or double stick taped together, then wrapped in either
polytarp, or canvas, hot melt glued or velcroed. 3/8" stainless
screw eyes (or hooks) can be placed strategically in the transom, stem,
chine logs, underside edge of the seat, etc. to take 1/4" line (or
bungee cord) to lace them in place. Done right, the bow and stern
bundles can double as seats or sprawling back rests. Stay safe.
Particularly in colder waters, add floatation.