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A model first.

Friday, February 27, 2015

  • March Letters

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Two Models
    Looking for a simple canoe to build out of plywood, I stumbled upon the "Cheap Canoe" from www.bateau.com.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

  • March Splash

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Paths Not Taken
    Last month I found myself standing at a road that no longer went straight, staring at a fork in the road where I never expected to find myself.

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    The Kerala Backwaters
    As an amateur boat builder wherever I go I like to get on the water and sample the local delights, this year it was a three week holiday in India.

    Monday, February 23, 2015

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

    Friday, February 20, 2015

  • March Reports

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Joe's Star Rebuild History
    I'm sending you a conversation that took place in 2009 between Joe, Claude and me about restoring a very old (1929) Star class sailboat.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    A Letter to Sean - Part Two
    So as agreed before, we all got ready to leave sharply at 6am and at 7am we launched!

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    A Backyard Circumnavigation
    The end is where we start from - my own doorstep, or at least as near as I can get to it. A backyard circumnavigation.

    Monday, February 16, 2015

  • March Treasure Chest

  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    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 16, 2015

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

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Boat Fairy Moments?
    Boat fairy moments - Two have occurred in my experience though I didn't actually think "Boat Fairy" at the time.

    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    How I Came To Be Making My Bigdoodle
    Once upon a time, when I was thinking of building a recreational aircraft, I decided that I was a buyer and a flier not a maker and mender. I now see that was wrong.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Three Brothers
    Three Brothers plans include 21 sheets of A3 drawings and a 26-page illustrated instruction manual.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    A Letter to Sean - Part One
    That evening we had a captains’ meeting. It was fun and we all introduced each other to each other.

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    The Bucket List
    Back in the 60s and 70s, I spent a lot of time at our cottage enjoying the water and some copies of Popular Mechanics that had accumulated over the years.

    Monday, February 9, 2015

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

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    More Foam Boats
    Steve and I were out the other afternoon at just about sunset and took a picture of each other.

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    14ft Zest Single-handed Racing Dinghy
    Zest is a hiking (no trapeze) single-handed racing dinghy and is based on my 50 years racing experience...

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    Two is the Magic Number
    "I've never seen more than two human powered craft on the Lower Columbia River at any given time," my friend Neil said with a touch of sadness.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Cheap Composting Toilet
    After many questions of how we handle our "Toileting" aboard DIANNE'S ROSE, our "Tiny" Houseboat, it is time to explain.

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    2014 Texas 200 - Part One
    The Texas 200 this year was going to be interesting.

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    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 2, 2015

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

    Friday, January 30, 2015

  • February Letters

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Show
    My wife, Kristi, and I were on the fence whether to take "Goat," our Goat Island Skiff (GIS), to the first annual Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Show.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Setting Out
    ...A good deal of my dream life - awake or asleep - is spent in small boats, sailing on imaginary breezes. A new column by Tom Pamperin.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • February Splash

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

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

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Venice Paddling Week
    ...now this is a messabout if there ever was one.

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Jogglesticks
    Piece of cake! They use a “jogglestick”.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Expanding your Cabin with a Bimini-Tent
    Camping on a small (26 ft) dory however does create some problems when the cabin can only hold two.

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • February Reports

  • Monday, January 19, 2015

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

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    Building Vamos
    I've been a boater on and off through the years, but one nautical itch I'd never scratched was building my own boat.

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • February Treasure Chest

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015

    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.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    Friends Are a Lot Like Boats
    Know what I think? Friends are a lot like boats. Yep. Take care of 'em, and they'll be around for a good long while.

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Saylon 20
    Saylon will appeal to those who want to gently cruise for the weekend with a young family in sheltered sailing waters.

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Can't Believe I Did That...
    I really can't believe I did that. Really, I can't.

    Monday, January 12, 2015

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

    Friday, January 9, 2015

    Why Build a Puddle Duck?
    In the summer of 2009 South Winds Sailing Club in Acworth, GA hosted the World Puddle Duck Races.

    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    New and Almost Launches
    This has been the month for getting new boats in the water...

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • January Letters

  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015

    Turtled!
    Lunatic Fringe lies inverted (turtled!) in the neighboring Shelter Bay, riding out the first fall front.

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Where It's OK
    This is a boat story. Mostly. And, a people story. The best place to start is someplace near the end. Probably.

    Monday, January 5, 2015

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

    Friday, January 2, 2015

    PlyWood in Port Aransas
    Port Aransas is a lovely little resort town that stands as sentry between Corpus Christi Bay, Aransas Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    Character
    Every good story requires above all else a strong protagonist and the best stories are those centered on those who are not only strong but “real characters” in every sense of the term

    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    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.

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    A Kayak for TY
    My son in North Carolina had his two-man kayak stolen. This created an opportunity for a boat building Granpa.

    Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Fall Is In The Air
    All the girls got to dance. And, now the party's just about over. Just about.

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Hudson Springs Pram
    I was in touch with Warren Messer while building a Hudson Springs Pram, I would like to thank him for his help and let you know it is finished.

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Boat Widows - A Love Story
    A love story to Mike Monies by Jackie Monies.

    Monday, December 29, 2014

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

    Friday, December 26, 2014

    EWMM Quick Wrap Up
    Eleven salts. Eleven boats. Seven days. Four launch ramps. Five camp sites. A clutch of small towns and hamlets. Not one jet ski. Pretty cool, no?

    Thursday, December 25, 2014

  • January Splash

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    It's a Hard Duck Life for Us
    I look around the moonlit camp to take the emotional temperature of my fellow sailors who are variously wringing out their clothes, effecting boat repairs, or trying to get some badly needed sleep in their cockpits.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Elissa
    We got an invitation for a personal tour of the Elissa.

    Monday, December 22, 2014

  • January Reports

  • Monday, December 22, 2014

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

    Friday, December 19, 2014

    Paddling with a Two by Four
    Since my earliest kayaking days I have been fascinated by the historic roots of kayaks and their use by Inuit and Aleut people.

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    The Eastern Washington Moveable Messabout
    The Eastern Washington Moveable Messabout, held Sept 10-16 of 2014, began in western Idaho and continued through several eastern Washington locations.

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    The Case for Poly Laminate Sails
    I first became a sailmaker in the spring of 1994.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    New Kayaks and New Boats
    Instead of pictures here are a couple of youtube videos of some of my new kayaks.

    Monday, December 15, 2014

  • January Treasure Chest

  • Monday, December 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, December 15, 2014

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

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Bad Timing
    An attempted rowing trip in a Herreshoff rowboat (alias “Swift Dory”) from Dangar Island to Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River near Sydney.

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    There's Another Way
    Cruising grounds are everywhere if you change your image of 'cruising' just a bit.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Raid Findland, 2014 - Part Two
    The next day, after an extensive breakfast, we made our packed lunches from the assortment of bread, cheese, meat and fruit, provided.

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Raid Findland, 2014 - Part One
    One of the benefits of being semi-retired is the ability to jump at opportunities, work and leisure, as they present themselves.

    Monday, December 8, 2014

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

    Friday, December 5, 2014

    PolyEasyB
    I had this daydream that on a pleasant Saturday I could pick up my boat and rest it on one shoulder.

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    St. Ayles Skiff
    At the Woodenboat show in 2013 I was out rowing the whaleboat minding my own business when this apparition drifted out of the fog.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Holy Toledo
    Our man, Willie, says it best. "Onnnnnn the rooooaddddd again." We saddled up on Wednesday morning, and headed south.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Little Tri
    A demountable open trimaran.

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Dave's Foam Kayak
    There's almost nothing as fun as working with foam, it's so easy to cut and shape and sand.

    Monday, December 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, December 1, 2014

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

    Friday, November 28, 2014

  • December Letters

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014

    LOTS of 'Just Messin' About' - Part Two
    Saturday saw more folks arrive and the whole day was spent “just messin' about”.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    LOTS of 'Just Messin' About' - Part One
    The title pretty much sums it up.  There was no one moment that grabbed everyone's attention ... just one fun encounter after another.

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • December Splash

  • Monday, November 24, 2014

    Thanks, Dave
    I towed my peripatetic pocket cruiser, Lady Bug, half way across the continent from San Diego to the original starting line in Port Mansfield, Texas.

    Monday, November 24, 2014

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

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    How to Tie a Ratcheting Truckerís Hitch
    Here is a way to tie a ratcheting trucker's hitch.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • December Reports

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Making the Lightest, Easiest Boat!
    We wished to make something similarly big at first, but after taking into account the time we had, we finally decided to make the simplest and the lightest rowboat.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    DOODLING FAME: John Alden and His Schooners
    Did you ever doodle? Well, the famous schooner designer John Alden started out that way, as a kid.

    Monday, November 17, 2014

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

    Monday, November 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, November 14, 2014

  • December Treasure Chest

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Lots of New Boats
    Washington Dan who knows exactly what he wants and has to make it himself because no one else in their right mind would.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Kokopelli Cruise 2014
    For many years, Jim Thayer's report of the annual "Kokopelli" cruise was a recurring feature in MAIB.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Lake Powell "The Windy Koko"
    Chuck Leinweber invited me to join a group of folks at Lake Powell in June.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

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

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Going Off Plan – Part Two
    Last part of this article I told you all of my fine theories. Well, let's see how these ideas shaped up in practice.

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    CNC Routing Adventures
    While stumbling around the deep dark Internet, I stumbled over CNC Routing.

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Sailing Lessons - Texas 200 Style - Part Two
    So what next? Well, the Texas 200 sounded like the next step in upping-the-anty.

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Sailing Lessons - Texas 200 Style - Part One
    At the exact time the words "You're not gonna make it" were emitting from the VHF's speaker, Scout's bow was sliding up hard onto a mud bank at a solid 4 knots.

     


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