July Letters

Row, row, row your boat…

Hi Chuck

Moby Dink Rowing Report

I wanted my Moby Dink to be in Portage Bay for Seattle Yacht Club’s opening day activities but there are many stairs to carry Moby down before I come to the pier where I keep my sailboat.  I decided to launch about a mile away in Lake Union at a ramp.  I never thought I would row Moby any distance.  I may row 100 yards to shore from an anchorage but row a pram a mile?  I expect drudgery.

To my delight, Moby rows very well.  Moby moves through the water better than the Walker Bay I sold when I built Moby.  The one mile row to Portage bay was smooth with Moby gliding nicely between strokes.

In the book Boat Building for Beginners (and Beyond) page 38, Jim Michalak discusses Phil Bolger’s theory that external chine logs slow the water around the chines, reducing eddy currents thus drag.  The way Moby rows, I tend to go with Phil on this.

Bob Holley

Mushroom update


Here is an update to the note I sent last year in July regarding a funny looking growth I found in my yard. I kept an eye on it for awhile and when it seemed like it was going to falter and die I transplanted it to the back corner of my shop. I got busy with other projects and didn’t pay this one much mind and sort of forgot about it. The dark corner seems to have agreed with it as this is now what has grown out of the sprout. I still can’t make a positive ID on it yet so I’m going to watch it for awhile yet. I will let you know how it goes.




Flipped the boat over yesterday.  Time to start on the interior.   It’s Ross Lillistone’s Phoenix III which I discovered on your web site……..​

Steve Stone

RIP By Miller
Many of you knew By Miller, he sailed his Sea Pearl in several Texas 200’s.

Obituary for Byard M. Miller
Byard M. Miller, age 73, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away on June 29, 2017. Born on April 24, 1944 in San Francisco, California, he was the son of the late Hugh and Minerva Burn Miller.
Byard was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and A member of the First United Methodist Church. He had spent over 15 years volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and had helped to build over 50 homes across the United States.
He is survived by his wife Linda Miller, his children Jennifer Lovalo (Matthew) and Laura Galloway (Lorne), his brothers Karl Miller (Virginia), James Miller (Rose), Timothy Miller (Barbara) and Samuel Miller (Laura), his sisters Catherine Roth and Dixie Johnson, his sister-in-laws Judith Hargis (Tom) and Virginia Ramuf and his brother-in-law David Wurster (Mary Lou) and his 5 grandchildren. Mr. Miller is also survived by his other relatives and many friends.

Posted in Facebook by Chuck Pierce

Last sail

This was last year at my Halloween Hideout, it was probably the last time By ever sailed his SNS.


Farley Boat Works

Farley Boat Works opened in Port Aransas in 1915.  The early wooden boats they built  were Farley Tarpon Skiffs for the popular tarpon sport fishery. The company closed in 1972.  In 2011 the Port Aransas Museum acquired the property where the Farley Boat Works was in business before closing.  The Museum re-established the Farley Boat Works as a non-profit working museum and boat building school.  The mission is to carry on the tradition of wooden boat building in Port Aransas.

Students can schedule boat building class to build a boat individually or take a scheduled Family or Youth boat building class. Since 2012 Farley Boat Works has helped students build eighty boats.


Warm Weather Wanterings

Got up early to work on the Sabre, she’s up for sale and a couple of guys are looking at her tomorrow. Around eleven I headed off to the southwest corner of the Spokane reservation, with the WR in tow. Empty country, lotsa dirt roads winding through the Ponderosa forests and basalt studded draws. Finally found my way down to the Spokane River arm of Lake Roosevelt, which delineates the southern border of the res. Temps in the nineties, testing out the new auxiliary fan I installed on the 450. Does the trick. The campsite was empty, allowing bathing au natural. Deliciously cool and clear. Decided to see how many beaches I could access before the heat drove me home. Two, it turns out. Some nice, twisty pavement led to another long descent to the lake, another vacant beach with more of that lovely water. Haven’t been swimming that much these last few years. Forgot how much I like it, when the temperatures are right. Discoveries!

Dave Farmer


Hi Chuck,

We splashed a Jim Michalak PaddlePlank I built for my grandson at our July Stockton Lake Sail MO messabout recently. He took to it like a duck to water. He even showed grandpa how to get off and back on in deep water.

I paddled around on it, but I didn’t try the reboarding. My goal was to not fall off in the first place.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.