I made this sailboat sandbox
for my 20-month-old daughter, and she seems
to love it. The "sail" is from some
of your tanbark
sailcloth. Thanks again for the
great customer service. Have a happy 4th of
July! - Mike W
I have just heard from David Thompson over
on the other side of the Tasman in Aussie, he's
just launched his brand new Pathfinder
and sent me the photo and note about launching
day. Its three years now since Pathfinder was
launched as a stock design. There are about
60 sets of plans out there and about a dozen
boats in and sailing. This northern hemisphere
summer will see a whole lot more in and sailing
and I'm very pleased to hear that the boats
are performing very well.
This sort of feedback is just what a designer
We launched Wombat last weekend in no wind
at all. The photo shows us motoring along
and gives a good idea of the spaciousness
of the boat.
The two hatless blokes are well over six
foot. I am very happy with the way it all
went and am now setting things up to make
launch and recovery as quick as possible.
I will try to get some photos when we are
under sail which I am looking forward to enormously.
I had numerous compliments about the boat
which was very gratifying.
Thank you for all the thought that went into
the design and your readiness to give advice
on the forum,
it is all very much appreciated and I am looking
forward to many hours of enjoyment with this
great big/little boat.
Photo David Thompson.
So we went boating.
The dog has begun to swim
around now. Not all elkdogs do.
Editor's Note: click
to read about Dejan's unusual boat.
of us who are always looking for a free or cheap
outboard motor can relate to this ... if it
seems like too good a deal it likely is trouble
of one kind or another ...
Hope your river trip was terrific .. look forward
to hearing about it.
I'm getting going. Attached are photo's of my
"Boat Shop", a 12 x 20 Sears screen
I just sent an order for Silverertip
Gelmagic to Sandra - check is on
it's way. I'm buying plywood this week, compromising
on exterior grade and planning thorough fiberglass
outside & epoxy interior, plus annual maintenance
& dry storage.
Cogratulations! Everglades Challenge 2006 with
a Michalak Frolic2.
Some pictures of my Vento Solar (Solar Wind)
a Cape Cutter 19' from Dudley Dix.
Regards - Sérgio Vianna.
South Africa, yachting erases a racial barrier
This really is a rags to riches tale. It's probably
the only mixed race team in the Americas Cup
and they are bonding and doing very well too.
These things tend to grow. Here is a link to
the main story, lots going on every day.
Regards Roy McBride
Attached are a couple of pictures of the extended
Weekender I’m building. It’s just
over a year in progress and I’m hoping
for a Labor Day launch. Lots of finishing rigging
left to do and still trying to come up with
a name for it.
It looked like I only sent
one picture the first time so I am trying to
send you the whole file of pictures of the lightbar
you helped me put together.
Those transom pintles worked
well and feel a lot safer with the pins through
the gudgeons to ensure they are held inplace
BIG BOYS TOYS CLARION
RACE FLEET LEADING YACHT
LABOURING IN VERY SOAPY WATER
OFF PUNTA DEL ESTE!
ROUTER NEWS 12
December 2005 Six weeks and two days after leaving
Britain, the ketch Willy Windier’ now
approaching the South American port of Punta
Del Este is reported by her Skipper as labouring
in excessively soapy water conditions built
up by crew baths’ over the period.
Ed Morrisey-Miller in a radio broadcast to Race
Control said that electric fans carefully placed
in the bathroom now had little effect, regular
excessive blowing by him and his family had
them all exhausted and out of breath, he having
been in the bath for the entire voyage was out
of beer, feeling cold, was in need of a shower
and had suffered keel-inflicted damage to lower
frontal parts of his body which were quite painful’.
He added that
‘his family have been forced to shower
in the homes of various neighbours and his marriage
(he suspected) might be somewhat in trouble’.
by Mark Steele-
This is in Table Bay.
The contrast beteen the two boats just amazed
me at the time, still does.
I have kept this picture all these years,it
was taken in 1976! The Impact is a Ron Holland
design and was bang up to date back then.The
shot was taken by myself and from the decks
of Brer Terrapin, a 38 ft Colin Archer type
design, designed by William Aiken. Mahogany
on Oak framed and very well built. I did my
first South Atlantic crossing on the same boat
not long after this picture was taken.