Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The "Water Bug"



Yes, what is essentially a "miniature barge with oars" was drawing stares of admiration at the lake. It's a lot of fun, and it rows a lot easier than most rowboats (which are designed for a 5hp motor, not two arms), but....

13 comments:

Mercy Now said...

So is this the famous lady that others in their $30k ski boats were jealous of?

pentamom said...

Wow, they allow rednecks in Minnesota?

Oh, wait, y'all are the folks who elected Jesse Ventura. Nevermind.

Bike Bubba said...

Ayup, this is the fair "water bug".

And bless your heart, your host is Bike "Bubba," ain't he? :^)

But, to pathetically try and defend myself, I wasn't here when they elected "The Body," and in defense of my neighbors, they still have nightmares about him and pillory him each year at the State Fair.

Bike Bubba said...

But to pick on my current home, it is one of the big areas for professional wrestling--there are even semipro leagues in the area that draw pretty well. There is a reason that "Cabela's" and such are setting up shop here.

pentamom said...

Of course for a lot of us, Minnesota is thought of as the home of Birkenstock-wearing, latte-drinking, Prius-driving Garrison Keillor fans.

I guess this is just a reminder that like any state, there's a lot more diversity than first meets the eye. After all, Heaven help anyone who, in my presence, tacitly associates Pennsylvania generally with Philadelphia and Arlen Specter. It's been said before that Pennsylvania consists of two states: Philadelphia and Alabama.

Bike Bubba said...

The Keillor fans can generally be found within a 10 or 15 mile radius of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.....

Anonymous said...

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Marklark said...

I told Cherry that your boat was the object of envy of the $30K boat crowd. She laughed. ;^)

It's a good looking boat. It reminds me that I have a desire for a shop of my own.

Bike Bubba said...

Sad to say, not too many tools were needed to make it. Just my drill, Sawzall, "skil" saw, and table saw to rip 2x6s into 2x2s and such.

But for Cherry's sake, I'm SURE that I actually needed my compound miter saw and a host of other tools. Really. And a woodshop, although I built it in the garage.

Oh, and you need a big pickup to do it, too, even though you can carry plywood in a minivan. Just don't tell Cherry. :^)

I was going to name it the "Minnow," but the kids weren't too keen on naming their boat after one that sank. :^)

Marklark said...

The "Minnow" didn't sink. It was driven aground by the storm. If you recall, the castaways were able to take parts off of it for many episodes. :^)

Bike Bubba said...

Well, at least I got the part right about you needing a big pickup, right? :^) And lots of power tools?

Jim Peet said...

How stable is this in choppy water?

Bike Bubba said...

Not too bad, though I'm not taking it out on Lake Superior or even Mille Lacs. It does fine with the wake from ski-boats, though.

For someone your size (you know me from 4th), I'd think about a foot longer, 2" taller, and a few inches wider would be probably a better solution. Even I may be a little bit big for this little beauty.