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EC 2016

A photo from a drone on the EC

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Seafoam Kayak - Part Five
A skeg is the answer, a short fin running from about the deepest part of the hull back to the stern.

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • July Splash

  • Monday, June 27, 2016

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

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    Seafoam Kayak - Part Four
    Wrapping the mummy - In reality we are almost making a skin on frame boat, the foam is the frame, but the real strength is the fabric...

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Fellow Sailors
    Fellow sailors meet in the oddest of places.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    EC 2016 - Part Four
    We got up around dawn and had breakfast and began readying the boat.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    EC 2016 - Part Three
    We bumped on a shoal once and I overshot one turn, but we made it to the mangroves with little hassle.

    Monday, June 20, 2016

  • July Reports

  • Monday, June 20, 2016

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

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Seafoam Kayak - Part Three
    As I said before, foam is strong in compression, but weak in tension.

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Kathleen, The Fourth Chapter - Part 3
    The Great Lucas had this to say, “Now that you’ve got it 90 percent done; you’ve only got 90 percent to go…”

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

  • July Treasure Chest

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    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, June 14, 2016

    EC 2016 - Part Two
    The wind was strong and the weather radio predicted it might reach 20.

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    EC 2016 - Part One
    “Yahoo! (We hit about 13 knots.) Oh ^%$&*! (We nearly capsized six times getting in Stump Pass.) Thank God! (We got to CP1 by dark.)”

    Monday, June 13, 2016

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

    Friday, June 10, 2016

  • Extra June Splash

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Kathleen, The Fourth Chapter - Part 2
    So, I guess you could say, that once the Frankenbuild TODO list gets shorter, the level of cranial involvement goes up exponentially.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Seafoam Kayak - Part Two
    Going 3D this is the exciting step, in a very short time the boat takes its shape.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Seafoam Kayak - Part One
    Can you cut a crusty bagel with a knife, stick a sandwich together with mayo, grate cheese, cut thin fabric with scissors, stretch wrinkles out of bed sheets, and roll paint onto a wall?

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    Slingshot Review
    So, I got tired of watching Frank Smoot's videos and wishing I had one of his Slingshot trimarans.

    Monday, June 6, 2016

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

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Another One
    Another boat followed me home the other day. I've been watching it for a couple years now, keeping an eye on her as she popped up from time to time.

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    The Strongback and Frames
    This is an important part of building a boat. That is "ya have ta keep the family happy".

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Kathleen, The Fourth Chapter - Part 1
    Those Elves must have some kinda’ strong union.  Just about as soon as they came to work, they sort of made a mess and then decided to take the rest of the weekend off.

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    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, May 31, 2016

  • June Letters

  • Monday, May 30, 2016

    Building a Cedar Strip Trimaran - Part Two
    I spent about two or three months designing my boat, beginning with the main hull, into which I would put most of my effort.

    Monday, May 30, 2016

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

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Celebrity Worship - Just a Bit of the Voyeur
    That's "Red Scamp" to the left, escorted by a GIS. Lake Havasu, 2012.

    Thursday, May 26, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 14
    OK.  “Miss Kathleen” is officially a Ninety-Day-Wonder.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • June Splash

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Building a Cedar Strip Trimaran - Part One
    I thought back to that initial canoe trimaran, and how sailing on the catamaran was exhilarating and fast.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Hapscut
    It is all simple nail and glue construction needing nine sheets of 1/4" plywood and four sheets of 1/2" plywood.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

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

    Friday, May 20, 2016

  • June Reports

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Name Board Ideas
    So why not show the world the name of your new love?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 13
    Seems like I just got the outside figured out, and then it was time to put the inside together.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Norwegian Gunning Dory 'Bodil II'
    I probably looked at every possible Dory design, but kept coming back to Butler's Norwegian Gun Dory as the most elegant.

    Monday, May 16, 2016

  • June Treasure Chest

  • Monday, May 16, 2016

    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, May 16, 2016

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

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Trying Some New Ideas
    Somewhere, probably here at Duckworks, I read “you can experiment with small pieces of wood or you can experiment with the whole boat”.

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Making Wooden Hardware
    ...Making your own wooden deck hardware is easy and can be done quickly with basic tools and minimal skills.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 12
    One step forward, and two steps back; It’s still someplace you might not have been recently. 

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Foam Boat
    The concept of a small boat made of styrofoam always intrigued me, but I never got around to design and build one until now.

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    How to Build a Motor Dory
    The 22 foot dory illustrated on the opposite page was designed by Howard Wheeler, of Gloucester, Mass...

    Monday, May 9, 2016

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

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    An Ultralight Pack Canoe
    I admit it, I have a problem. Designing and building foam boats has turned out to be addicting.

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Fibreglass Boats from Plywood Plans
    If you want to build a small fiberglass boat as an amateur, the choices are much more limited.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 11
    There’s nothing like a little progress to slow things up.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Boats to Cedar Key
    Cedar Key is coming up real soon; (May 6 ) there'll be hundreds of you guys there with hundreds of boats of all kinds.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Micro Repair
    Phil Bolger's Micro design is a favourite of mine, and of many other people around the world.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    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, May 2, 2016

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

    Friday, April 29, 2016

  • May Letters

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The Five Dollar Skiff, 1876
    I decided to build the Five Dollar Skiff drawn by "Paddlefast", who I think was Dan Beard, and published in the Scientific American in 1876.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 10
    I held another staff meeting this morning.  Just, The Boss and me.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Designing Multi Chine via Barend & McGovern
    All along I was thinking about designing and building something similar but bigger for many years now.

    Monday, April 25, 2016

  • May Splash

  • Monday, April 25, 2016

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

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    A Boatbuilding Story With a Twist
    As you all know we don't build boats here at the shop for money, hell we don't do anything for money anymore.

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 9
    OK. Things are coming together, pretty quickly, now.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • May Reports

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Folding Mast - Hollow, Sixteen-Sided
    In April last year I wrote about a sixteen-sided, 'hinge-in-mast' folding mast being made for the owner of a Welsford 'Pathfinder'.

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    The 12 ft. Leland Lake & The John Duk
    After designing and building the 8ft Nuthatch Pram, I thought that I would modify the design to a standard "V" bowed hull to see what it would look like.

    Monday, April 18, 2016

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

    Friday, April 15, 2016

  • May Treasure Chest

  • Friday, April 15, 2016

    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.

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Building a Shellback
    My dad had a couple of boats when I was going up.  We would spend Sunday afternoons at the river boating and swimming.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 8
    This particular project is really only a few weeks old.  Frankly, I’ve gotten a lot done.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Pocket Yacht Palooza and Palooza Crooza
    Boaters come from all over the western U. S. and adjoining British Columbia to take part in the one-day Pocket Yacht Palooza...

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    The Vertical Tiller
    The orthodox wheel, with spokes and drum for the ropes leading to tiller under deck, has virtually been abandoned by some fisherman...

    Monday, April 11, 2016

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

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    How To Make A BHSB
    One day I put a brand new belt on my trusty 3x24 belt sander and got to work fairing some things out. Then I hit a snag, literally.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    An Easy Canoe/Kayak Cart
    I made this a few years back for my small canoe.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 7
    As I tend to point out, life is just a footrace.  With the undertaker and ortho surgeon.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016

    Moby Dink Build - Part Four
    I was able to get two coats of blue on the fore and stern decks.

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    2016 - Texas200, My Take - Part 2
    Chuck dreamed up this notion that a small group of similar boats could travel in company, look out for each other, and even share meals.

    Monday, April 4, 2016

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

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    2016 - Texas 200, My Take - Part 1
    As my flight alternately parked and crept across the tarmac in Houston, part of a nation-wide gridlock radiating from a gulf coast rain belt and still-forming tropical depression someplace to the south...

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    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.

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

  • April Letters

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 6
    Well.  Things pretty much blew up in my face.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Moby Dink Build - Part Three
    My Moby Dink is basically finished.

    Monday, March 28, 2016

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

    Friday, March 25, 2016

  • April Splash

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Building a Cuben Fiber Folding Kayak - Part Two
    After some modest success with my first Cuben Fiber folding kayak, I wanted to try for a more radical design.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Moby Dink Build - Part Two
    Plan F is for Fiberglass. I built a tent over Moby.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 5
    I’d say that we are either at a significant waypoint in this Frankenbuild journey; or at the crest of a particularly pernicious slippery slope.

    Monday, March 21, 2016

  • April Reports

  • Monday, March 21, 2016

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

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Building a Cuben Fiber Folding Kayak - Part One
    Coming across Tom Yost's Sonnet 14 design for an inflatable kayak

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Moby Dink Build - Part One
    A long time ago, in a Galaxy far far away, I decided to build a boat. It was in the late '50s that I built a "5 Foot Sailer."

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 4
    I have reached that point in this Frankenbuild where curled-up toes are a potentially big problem.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • April Treasure Chest

  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    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 14, 2016

    Feb 2016
    There are a couple of new foam boat projects in the shop. This one is my light weight 8 foot dingy.

    Monday, March 14, 2016

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

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Scrampan
    Soon after they were gone I began to feel naked without at least one boat hanging on the garage wall so began thinking about what I’d want in a boat so I’d use it more.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Building a Carbon Fibre Mast
    With the prep done, the rest is fairly straightforward. I had some heavy duty carbon unidirectional sleeving purchased from Soller Composites,

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 3
    Time to clean up, put stuff away, and get ready for the next phase.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    One of Those Days
    Have you ever had one of those days when everything that can go wrong does?

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    The Joy of Being Afloat
    Needing a change of scene, I headed down to the harbour with an Iain Oughtred Macgregor sailing canoe which I built for my own use many years ago.

    Monday, March 7, 2016

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

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    Making a CD-Sextant
    Now that the stars are out later in the morning, and the boats are all put away, it’s time to think of winter projects that will keep us busy.

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Yacht Club Plans Desert Regatta
    A YACHT club in the desert in one of the most remote locations on earth is planning its first regatta in four years – but only if there’s enough water.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 2
    There’s this voice that I almost never hear, at the Frankenwerk morning staff meetings.  Let’s call that voice, the one of reason.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    Frame in Skin Boat Construction
    It all began with it being time to build another boat.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    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 29, 2016

  • March Letters

  • Monday, February 29, 2016

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

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    A Murderous Seal Attacked My Rowboat - Two
    I enjoy rowing on this third day.

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • March Splash

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Kathleen, The Third Chapter - Part 1
    Progress from the Frankenwerks has been a bit limited.

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Why is this so Appealing?
    It's a Saturday mid-afternoon and we're beating into the pass in a 15-20 knot northeasterly against a slightly outgoing tide.

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • March Reports

  • Monday, February 22, 2016

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

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    A Murderous Seal Attacked My Rowboat - One
    I had some time off work so decided to get away from the house and settled on a circumnavigation of French Island.

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Experiments in Foam Boats - Part Three
    Once we got back from our camping trip, I finally got to use Sawfish the way I dreamed off.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Kathleen, The Second Chapter - Part 4
    It’s been a whopper of a morning staff meeting, here at the Frankenpalace.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Dropping In to the Bayside Boatshop
    Other people call in at the workshop, and a pleasant sense of community has built up.

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • March Treasure Chest

  • Monday, February 15, 2016

    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 15, 2016

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

    Friday, February 12, 2016

    How I Got Started in Boats
    My family lived near yacht designer Robert Tucker and Dad got hold of the first set of plans for his 21ft Ballerina Mk2 sloop.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Experiments in Foam Boats - Part Two
    My dad loved my foam mouseboat, he decided he wanted to buy it from me, as he wants a boat that is super light and stable.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Kathleen, The Second Chapter - Part 3
    The Boss is a man of few words.  But he does seem to get his point across.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    Boating Tragedy
    Kevin didn't send me float plan for his duck hunting trip so I had no idea where he was going or when he expected to be back.

    Monday, February 8, 2016

    Fast Commuters
    It looks like there are some of us who are tired of roughing it and want to go boating in style and comfort.

    Monday, February 8, 2016

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

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    One Cute OSS
    This boat building stuff is crazy. Your brain jumps ahead to another possible boat when you are half way on your current project.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Experiments in Foam Boats - Part One
    Way back around '85 my parents built their home by the old ice pond. The foundation had 2" foam insulation panels around the outside of it.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Kathleen, The Second Chapter - Part 2
    Nothing like the sound of a Sawzall biting into rotted plywood to make the ol’ heart skip a beat, eh?

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    A Lightweight Jon Boat
    But I had no idea if I would enjoy using a powerboat. I had never owned one, or even driven one.

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Love Me Tenders
    She is the best little boat to tow in fair weather or foul I have ever seen.



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