The Times Journal & Russell County News
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 — RUSSELL SPRINGS & JAMESTOWN, KENTUCKY — russellcounty.net
Get online news updates FREE - Subscribe:  [?]
Google

Building boats together cements relationships
In Jan. 22 Issue
By Greg Wells
Times Journal Managing Editor

“You can write a check to take care of a lot of things,” said Paul Cundiff. “But you can't write a check that will spend time with your kids.”

So Cundiff and Dr. Brad Christensen from Berea College got together on a project to provide families a little time to build a keepsake, a boat.

The varnished mahogany boat is powered by a 30-pound thrust trolling motor, steered by wheel and controlled by the trolling motor's built-in controls.

Father and son Steve and Keaton Eberly were side by side throughout the project and Steve bragged on his son.

He had to give up watching some important games, Steve said of his son. "He's the sports editor of the school newspaper."

Keaton, 12, was willing to toss in a comment or two about sports, but kept it to short answers, along with smile a nod when asked about how much fun he was having and how he liked working on the project with his father.

"Painting," was the answer to what he liked the best. "I like to paint."

The youth went back to tinkering with part of the boat, and occasionally checking the Internet on his phone to keep track of the games.

Unlike the other father and son team, from Nancy, Scott and Camron Owings had a long drive in, but they are old hands at boating, and they're used to the drive.

"We've had a slip at State Dock for several years," Scott said. "We're always doing something that floats."

Both 12-year-olds were looking forward to putting their new boats in the water, and both fathers were expecting it to pass on to other members of the family as the years go on.

"Then after a ten or 15 years they'll go up in the top of the garage," said Mahoney, an industrial arts instructor. "They'll stay up there until the grandkids come along."

Christensen, who teaches teachers at Berea, is the one who built the first of the boats as a gift for his children. Cundiff then built one for his granddaughter last Christmas. This year his daughter and son-in-law are building one for their son.

Then there is the team that is building for not one, but seven children.

"All together they have four kids now and three of their wives are present," Cundiff said pointing to a team of three brothers and one brother-in-law. "Their father just bought a wooden boat that I'll be rebuilding."

Cundiff who specializes in repair of very collectable wooden boats was busy moving amongst the teams as they worked on their pint-sized collectables.

Brothers Matt, Brad and Brandon Ohnheisen along with their sister's husband Jeremy Divine are used the project as something of a test for how well they'll do working on dad's new cabin cruiser.

This project has had something of a testing phase as well.

"Gary first built it as a pedal-boat," Cundiff said. "It really isn't any more costly to build it with the trolling motor and it is faster."

He added that at full throttle the boat still isn't faster than a brisk walk, but it doesn't take two children pedaling fast as they can to get up to that speed.

"It will run at full throttle for about 100 minutes before it needs recharging," Cundiff added.

"We've been at this almost all week," he said. Cundiff and his son spent the week cutting out the basic pieces, and building two of the four sub-assemblies that make up the kit.

The hull and deck are two parts, which the families join and then paint or varnish as need-be. The controls and seating sections are independent and remain removable even after the boat is finished.

"Well I don't think I made any money on this," said Cundiff, who purchased the raw materials and re-sold the kits to the participants. Each cost less than $2,000 everything, he said.

Content Management Powered by CuteNews
SUBSCRIBE to The Times Journal: CLICK HERE

SPONSORED LINKS


Publish Yourself PUBLISH YOURSELF
You can publish news about your group or organization directly to our site, using your computer.
CLICK HERE
Laker Band LAKER BAND
Visit the award-winning official web site for the Russell County Marching Band.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland Web Cams LIVE WEB CAMS
Views of Lake Cumberland as it is right now, from a number of web cams.
CLICK HERE
Lake Cumberland LAKE CUMBERLAND
lakecumberland.com
Official site for Lake Cumberland with everything for the lake visitor and fisherman.
CLICK HERE
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
-
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Phone: 270-866-3191
Fax: 270-866-3198
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
-
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629
Phone: 270-343-5700
Publisher:
David Davenport
(publisher@tjrcn.com)
Managing Editor:
Greg Wells
(editor@tjrcn.com)
News & Sports Editor:
Derek Aaron
(sports@tjrcn.com)
Advertising Manager:
Stephanie Smith
(ads@tjrcn.com)
Business Manager:
Kim Haydon
(business@tjrcn.com)
Production Manager:
Renee Daffron
(people@tjrcn.com)
Jamestown Office:
Kim Graham
(rcnoffice@tjrcn.com)
PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend meetings. Boards or agencies may schedule other meetings at special times, but are required to notify the public.
FISCAL COURT: 2nd Monday of month, 6 p.m. in the Courthouse
RUSSELL SPRINGS CITY: 2nd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in the City Hall Municipal Room
JAMESTOWN CITY: 3rd Thursday of month, 6 p.m. in basement meeting room at City Hall
SCHOOL BOARD: 3rd Monday of month, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education office in Jamestown
LIBRARY BOARD: 2nd Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Jamestown Library
AIRPORT BOARD: 1st Tuesday of month, 5 p.m. at Airport
TOURISM COMMISSION: 2nd Wednesday of month, 12:30 p.m. at Tourism Office
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 3rd Tuesday of month, noon at The Cove restaurant
LOCAL & AREA
NEWS SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.
Laker Country WJRS
(Russell Springs)
lakercountry.com/
WKYM-1017 (Monticello)
wkym.com/
Adair Progress (Columbia)
adairprogress.com/
Casey County News (Liberty)
caseynews.net/
Clinton County News (Albany)
clintonnews.net/
Cumberland County News (Burkesville)
burkesville.com/ccn/
Wayne County Outlook (Monticello)
wcoutlook.com/
Somerset
Commonwealth-Journal
somerset-kentucky.com/
Danville
Advocate-Messenger
amnews.com/
Lexington Herald-Leader
kentucky.com/
Louisville Courier-Journal
courier-journal.com/
WKYT-TV, Lexington
wkyt.com/
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
wbko.com/
USEFUL SITES
The links below open new windows. We are not responsible for the content of the sites.

RUSSELL CO. OFFICIALS
RUSSELL COUNTY SCHOOLS
RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY

LAKE CUMBERLAND
STATE RESORT PARK
TV LISTINGS:
Choose your service and provider
SOMERSET MOVIE SHOWTIMES

.