Then, luckily, I had a DUH moment and realized it was much more interesting if the boys found the boats (instead of sent the boats).
But I still envisioned the boats as made out of bark or something.
Then one day I was reading the livejournal of author Tamra Wight. She had a post about what B did on a rainy day - he made a boat! And not just any ole' boat. A YOOHOO BOAT!
Eureka! Talk about serendipity! Talk about starter dough!
I love that little boat so much! (That's a race car inside it, by the way. Pretty cool, huh?)
So I wrote to Tamra and told her how much I loved the boat and asked if I could use it in my story (because I'm ethical like that) and she said I could and even sent me B's terrific directions for making the boat:
First I put the straw in and drank it. Then I unfolded the top to be the front of the boat. Then I cut out the top right side. I didn't use any glue or tape.
Thank you, thank you, Tamra and B for that fabulous Yoohoo boat starter dough. (Now if you could just finish this novel for me, that would be great!)