A Sailboat for Dad!

A Sailboat for Dad!

by Richard Hughes (Illustrator)


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A Sailboat for Dad! is an inspiring true children's story about a father who remembered the good times he had as a boy when he spent summer days at the home of his cousins at White Bear Lake, one of Minnesota's beautiful lakes! Dad often described to his son, Billy age 12, and daughter Margaret age 9, how he learned to sail with his cousins on their sailboat docked nearby. Oh, how he wished he had a sailboat of his own! He wondered, could our family build a sailboat in our big garage? Mom, Billy, and Margaret agreed to help Dad build a sailboat, and he cheered "Let's start!"

First, Dad bought a book showing boat-building blueprints. The lumber company suggested using marine plywood, and mahogany wood. During the next four years there were complications when necessary tools and materials were not on hand, requiring many trips to neighborhood hardware stores. Neighbors and friends stopped by often to give advice and take pictures! Finally, the sailboat was painted and ready for its first voyage. Dad and Billy moved the boat onto a trailer and hooked it to the hitch of our Ford Fairlane. Cautiously, we drove to White Bear Lake. I prayed the boat would float. My prayers were answered when it slid slowly off the trailer into the blue waves...and it floated! Dad hoisted the sails and the wind moved us toward the middle of the lake. Suddenly, dark clouds appeared, and a strong wind caught the sails. Dad turned back towards the shore and to our car for the trip home.

In remembrance of our family building a sailboat, Dad painted 20 full-page watercolors highlighting the stages of boat construction. Now, years later, the red sailboat sails in San Francisco Bay. Grown-up Bill now lives in San Francisco and enjoys sailing on the Bay with his friends and especially with his visiting Minnesota relatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412077477
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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