We found this great looking game at our favorite used store.
But it requires 4 pirate ships that can haul up to seven cargo items each.
Because it was a used game some of the pieces were missing, including two of the ships. And the galleons I borrowed from another game just weren’t up to the task.
So I decided to build my own replacements using one of the game ships as a template.
I started off by cutting the tips from a joining dowel I found in my miscellaneous-wood pile.
Then picked the widest drill bit that would go through the hole in a cargo piece.
And drilled the mast and cargo holes.
Next I took out some fine sandpaper.
And sanded all sides of the ship blanks.
Next I found four nails that would fit easily through a cargo piece, and two longer ones for the sails.
I needed to remove the heads of the nails so they would just sit in the drilled holes. I don’t have a metal saw so I made due with a pair of cast iron sheet metal shears, a hammer, and a pair of safety glasses.
Once the nail heads were removed (Ouch)…
I flattened the points so they wouldn’t damage the cargo pieces during play.
And sanded the nail ends to remove any burrs.
Next I double checked the mast lengths to make sure each ship could hold only 7 cargo pieces.
Then took out my trusty bottle of wood glue.
Filled the holes.
And set the nails. After wiping off the excess glue I let them dry.
Finally I fashioned sails out of colored paper.
And affixed them.
And the ships were ready for play.