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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Pastor Jeff Crippen's Advice About Boat Building

Jeff Crippen has been building this 19' [5.8 M] Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory in Oregon. He says he's almost done and here's what he had to say about boat building:

Jeff,
I wanted to tell you that I have found in this last 6 months of building the Anacapa that there is an important additional benefit to be had from boat building. I bet you have experienced this too.

In my career as a pastor (for some 38 years now - 14 years before that as a police officer) I have had a lot of anxiety and pressure on me due primarily to other people's problems and the load they put on me. It can really wear you down.

But when you are building a boat, you can turn the problems "switch" off and intentionally flip the boat switch on. I do this and I start thinking about the next step to be done on the boat, how I am going to do it, what tools I will need, and so on. And even if the thing I am thinking about is difficult (ie, how am I going to bring all the parts together at the bow?), it is still a good thing to think about and one that doesn't eat at me in a bad way.

I think that I would advise someone who is having all kinds of tension and stress in their life - "you need to go build a boat.".

Thanks,
Jeff

Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Anacapa Offshore Pacific Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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