May 2, 2000, saw the birth of our son, Eric, and the launching of the Baby Tender II that his mother and I finished for him. Building the boat was tremendously rewarding. It was built to your well-drawn plans. I get a great sense of pride when I see my son sleeping in his cradle, both in bringing him into the world and in crafting a family heirloom. He has slept in it every night since coming home from the hospital.