Whereupon my favorite skipper and shipwright high-tailed it back to the boatworks.
He's been constructing a nameless* adventure boat since last spring. Formerly a modest stack of wood, it will eventually become a sloop and rowing vessel such as one might compete in the Everglades Challenge.
(*Still nameless despite the flood of suggestions. We are now hoping that the boat's character will point us to the right name. Kind of like a stray pet: you spend kind of a lot of time trying various names in hope that at some combination of sounds, it will prick its ears and look up expectantly.)
Features have begun to emerge: a stout bowsprit, air-tight flotation compartments in the middle of the boat, roomy hatches to the forward compartment.