We had planned on spending a couple months visiting friends and family when we got back to the States, and then look for a boat. But since we already had the boat, it was time to go back and visit. We stayed with AJ's parents while we built a seaworthy dinghy, made all the settee cushions, received our things from Germany, sold and donated most of it, and preped to move onto the boat permanently.
Here is the construction of dinghy Sparrow. It was designed to be able to sail, row, scull, or motor.
Glassed and Masked
It was the hottest July and August on record. We had to wear these masks in 115 degree 80% humidity heat. They would begin to fill with sweat. You would have to hold your breath and dump it out every 20 min or so. The last weeks of building the dinghy were brutal.
AJ made the gunwales out of Western Red Cedar. He milled a groove into the gunwales, then we glued a rope in the groove.
We had our dinghy. We had reduced our possessions down to a few boxes. We were ready to begin life aboard ship.