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The First American Ship

A bit of history.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Hut, Water Dog, Broken Boat
A lot of boating events are coming up in the next couple of months, I'll try to keep you up on some.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dorade
Roderick Stephens Sr. retired early from the coal business in the 1930s. He believed in and invested in what his sons did for sheer fun - sailing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The First American Ship
The first recorded ship built in America by English settlers was at the Popham settlement near the mouth of the Sagadahoc river in Maine about 1607.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • May Treasure Chest

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Monday Blog Roundup
    Read all the boat building blogs from the past week.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    The Building of a 27' Tolman Jumbo Skiff - 2
    For power I opted to buy a Honda 150 HP motor and use a Yamaha High thrust Kicker.

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The Building of a 27' Tolman Jumbo Skiff - 1
    Why a Tolman Skiff?

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Raid Finland 2013 - Part Two
    At the museum I couldn’t take my eyes off those traditional oars each one made from  one wooden stick.

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Raid Finland 2013 - Part One
    Aside from the pleasures of sailing, Raid Finland 2013 was especially exciting to me because some threads from internet discussions which started a long time ago were to meet there.

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday Blog Roundup
    Read all the boat building blogs from the past week.

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Around the Shop
    Our friend Aussie John is starting another project.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Using Round Balls to Form Seam Fillets
    For years, I have been using what ever I could find to form the fillets in the seams of the hulls I building.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    That Old Devil, Momentum
    Roughneck is just about ready to drag out of the shop and hoist back onto a trailer and go do a float test.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Mahurangi
    Mahurangi Classic Boat Regatta Feb 2014, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • April Letters

  • Monday, March 31, 2014

    Monday Blog Roundup
    Read all the boat building blogs from the past week.

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    About Fuselage Frame Boats
    Skin on frame style of boat construction dates back thousands of years.

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    How I Got Into Boatbuilding
    I blame it all on a fish - a Sunfish, to be exact.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Scouting the Bayous
    The decision to go to the Bayou Teche Woodenboat Festival in Franklin, Louisana was an easy one for me, three friends were also planning to go and it seemed like a perfect first cruise for my modified low power cruiser Scout.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • April Splash

  • Monday, March 24, 2014

    Monday Blog Roundup
    Read all the boat building blogs from the past week.

    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Websites and Old Motors
    I'll list some of the sites you should look at to see what's coming up and what some guys are doing.

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • April Reports

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    A Close Call
    Even through the mouse ears, I heard the table saw change pitch.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    DinkyDink - Free Plans
    Construction is of standard stitch and glue techniques. Framing is light on the front and rear transoms, just to stiffen the flat panels up a bit.

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Monday Blog Roundup
    Read all the boat building blogs from the past week.

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • April Treasure Chest

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Scram Pram Mods 2013
    Nobody ever accused me of being a photographer. I haven't let that stop me and present here some snaps of my efforts this summer.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The Moaning Chair - Part Two
    I'm certain that nobody every really "said" that resurrecting old boat hulls into something again navigable would be easy.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The Moaning Chair - Part One
    This little diversion from the Main Event ate up a lot of particle board, pine, cedar, and shop time. I'll chalk it up to "practice."

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • April Webwatch

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

    Flu, Doggys, and More Ice
    Here's a video of of Paul's tug boat and barge under way. As you watch this remember that the tug alone is over three feet long.

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Brouhaha
    Where'd that word come from?  Was it one of the three witches in MacBeth, over the cauldron swirling her broom in the swill saying, "A brew, Ha Ha!"

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Dianne's Rose
    I thought Duckworks Magazine readers may be interested in an update on the “Mini” Houseboat I designed.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Mayfly 14
    I bought the plans from Ductwork's after looking through what I thought was at least a hundred designs.

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    A New Year's Cruise
    It seemed the stars were not aligned for us.

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • March Letters

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Making a Rudder for a Chrysler Mutineer -2
    First we need to do some work with the pintles.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Making a Rudder for a Chrysler Mutineer - 1
    As webmaster of our class website, I have received numerous requests for want ads for rudder assemblies for the Mutineer 15.

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • March Splash

  • Monday, February 24, 2014

    Jagular in the North Woods - Part Two
    Next morning we're up early for a sail westward into Chicago Bay, then back to Pine Island for breakfast.

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Unusual Stuff
    You may be shocked at some of this stuff, oh I forgot, nothing I show shocks you.

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • March Reports

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Building a Transformer Boat
    "I not only like it, I LOVE it," she told me when I delivered her "Transformer" boat on Christmas morning.

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    How I Got Started in Boatbuilding
    There was a call recently for Duckworks readers to write about how they got started in boats. Here's my story.

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • March Treasure Chest

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

    Voyaging with the Hobie Mirage Drive - Pt 2
    While the MirageDrive® is elegant in its simplicity, my unit started to show signs of wear around 500 miles in the form of slop in the pedal arms.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Voyaging with the Hobie Mirage Drive - Pt 1
    What follows is a description of a typical trip day with follow-on paragraphs next time describing my maintenance and pedaling experiences.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Stirring the Epoxy Encapsulation Pot - Part Three
    Yes! There is super value in stirring the pot.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    One More Time
    Cold, gray, and blowing pretty hard.  Just the way we like it.

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • March Webwatch

  • Friday, February 7, 2014

    Roger Allen and the Buffalo Maritime Center
    Rahj left us here in Fla and went up to Buffalo the get something started there.

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    The Hudson Sloop
    I've always heard the schooner is the quintessential American rig.

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Stirring the Epoxy Encapsulation Pot - Part Two
    With regard to other materials for building ... I'm not putting them down at all.

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Why Didn't I Think of That
    Now that some years have passed I thought it might be a good idea to revisit some of the original ideas that folks have contributed.

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Jagular Goes Everywhere
    It's official: I've finished my Jagular book!

    Friday, February 31, 2014

  • February Letters

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Piggy's Hinges (And Other Things)
    I was walking down the beach at Dead Boat Cove, not its real name just my appellation, the locals call it Dogpatch, when I noticed this Wharram design catamaran beached for work on the hull.

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Stirring the Epoxy Encapsulation Pot - Part One
    I'm, by nature, a very cautious person in my building and design work.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    OSS (One Sheet Skiff)
    This was first conceived as a father son project.

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    A Slightly Different Angle on Sailboat Rudders
    In my earlier days with cabin boats in the 20 to 25 foot range, I came to believe rounding up in a gust was not only inevitable - it was a desirable safety device.

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • February Splash

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Snow and Death
    Of all the times I've been boating, some will stick in my memory forever. One of my favorite memories is rowing in a snow storm.

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    More on Ice and Snow
    You guys are sending me some terrible snow pictures. What's up, you're all rich and retired so why aren't you down here with me?

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Aviateur
    Aviateur 5.70m can be sailed with your family during coastal navigations.

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • February Reports

  • Friday, January 17, 2014

    Inseparable 398
    She is a catboat: you find the minimum amount of hardware: just the mainsheet, without any mainsai rail, a simple kicker, and halyards and reefs.

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Change - Part Four
    A day or two short of two weeks ago, I pulled this heavy-as-a-baby elephant Chevy six out of a down at the heels 45 year old runabout hull.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • February Treasure Chest

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Jim Michalak's Newsletter
    We are big fans of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Making Some Rowing Gear
    How long?? That's a tuff one and I avoid it by saying on each set of my plans I show the oars I recommend for the boat.

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Easy One
    The idea for the EASY ONE came from the readers who requested a simple yet useful small multi-purpose hull design.

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • February Webwatch

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Change - Part Three
    I have always thought that boat designers are at just about the top of the food chain.

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    FLN17
    The largest amateur-built wooden ship since Noah"s Ark will soon get under way in the U.S.

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Ice and Snow up North Where I Ain't
    Well it was warm here for a while, a record heat wave to almost 90 but it's dropped back drastically to a mind numbing 66 at the moment.

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Weird Boats
    Some people say I was born to write this story. I deny all alleged wrongdoing, I am not a criminal, but here goes.

    Friday, January 3, 2014

    Turning Her Over
    With most things in life, give ten people the same job to do and all ten will probably do it in a different way.

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    Change - Part Two
    I got home this evening, and the glue was set up.  More or less.

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    19 Footer and Sails
    You know, building a sail boat can be a true delight. But it can also be a real challenge and a major learning experience.



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