|More Scam Info
|Dear Chuck The Duck,
David Luckenbach over at SailingTexas.com was selling a boat
and decided to play along with the scam to see how it went. He
posted a complete log of the corespondence and even got a cashiers
check from the scammer.
|Need Rig for Cosine Wherry
I built a cosign wherry about ten years ago and when I went
to Flounder Bay Boat Works using the phone (!) to get the plans
for the sailing rig, they were all out. Erica Pricket of Flounder
Bay said they had retired and sold all but the name and would
look for the plans. When she found that she was out, she gave
me the designer's home phone number and when I called John Hartsock,
he seemed befuddled and suggested I put whatever I was talking
about in a letter. I did and included a SASE but have heard nothing
My question is; can you help me to make my boat into a sailboat?
I have gone through a stack of Messing About In Boats as they
ran a series on the theories of sail type, sail plan, rudder and
dagger board. I have not found that yet. A lot of Welsford so
far. Were I to indeed find the series of articles, I'd have to
do the math and I ain't too bright and I probably wouldn't follow
through as I might if the information was spoon fed to me.
Thanks for your time.
Michael the Scott
You can't imagine how proud I felt!
The idea that my daughter
is admired all over America Yipeee !!!
A big thanks for all. Have a good day, and a good vote next week.
|Future Design Contest
|As they used to say on "Monty Python" -
"and now something completely different". How about making
the subject of the next contest a cook box. I mean, let's see how
clever these folks really are! Typical specs. might be:
- max. weight loaded - 30lbs.
- must be capable of being loaded through a 25 inch companionway,
- Must included some sort of heating device capable of boiling
- must allow for thorough sanitary cleaning
|I've a thought for your next contest, seeing as how
this one's deadline is fast approaching.
Due to hurricane damage, there are hundreds of salvaged boats
being auctioned off. the contest would be to utilize a damaged
power boat hull, in the 20 to 26 foot range. The objective would
be to gut the hull and build a mini-trawler or power cruiser on
the bare hull. Say $2000 to $3000 for the hull and another $2-3000
for the construction? Outboard or I/O power not included in the
I would envisage something like Ken Hankinson's Coastal Cruiser
or the like.
|I have avascular necrosis of both knees. This condition
causes severe pain, which at times can be very distracting. This
winter I plan to build a small boat as a way of self imposed theorpy!
Thank you for Duckworks, I look forward to each issue and spend
a great deal of time devouring the contents. For those of us who,
for one reason or another, cannot tackle large projects your magazine
is a blessing.
|Wing Keel Comments
There is a general aviation light airplane that
is still flying today that has the entire wing structure on a
pivoting bearing across the fusilage. You might want to look it
up and consider the ramifications for your pivoting wingkeel design.
The spratt controlwing. The controlwing design was used in many
variations including flying boats. This airplane is said to be
one of the smoothest flying in turbulence as it automatically
responds to up and down drafts, only one 1/4 of the forces of
fixed wings are generated.
If your wing was the shape of an airplane wing in cross section
and the pivot point was at the ballance point there would be no
need to force it into a predetermined angle of attack.
It would find its own least drag angle. the exception would be
when approaching the minimum draft point where main hull proximity
interaction would cause chatter as the gap became narrow. This
could be ameliorated by a simple set of small fin shaped stops
on each side or the centerline which should be made strong enough
to support the hull weight in dry dock or grounding.
Small adjustable trim tabs on the trailing edges would allow
for fine tuning.
If you try this and like to experiment more, each wing could
be allowed to pivot freely.
If each wing pivoted freely and the trim tabs were controllable
from onboard while underway you could controll the uplift and
downlift of each side to aid their weight in keeping the mast
closer to the vertical in a broad reach. This is the way the control
wing controlled banking in flight. It is said to be an exceptionally
smooth banking aircraft as there is no need to coordinate turns
with the rudder. I have never ridden or flown in one , but there
are numerous write ups available to my cursory google search.
If you make each side of the wings pivot freely with onboard control
of the trim tabs the controls could be used to give down wind
uplift to aid the weight in keeping the mast upright in a broad
I am 61 years young and am writing to thank you for your fantastic
magazine. I was forced to retire due to illness and am gaining back
both mind and body,albeit slowly. I subscribed to Duckworth to rekindle
my interest in boat but received instead a refreshing window into
the lived of fellow "small" boat.
Please inform me when my subscription expires so I may happily renew.
Thank you and God bless
|Problems with classified ads
|hello there "chuck"
i hope this letter finds you well?
i have a had a lil problem chuck that you need to know this will
knock you off yer feet. you know when i put my boat in duckworks
for sale? well there was this fellow that wanted to buy it so he
contacted me and said that he wanted the boat and that he would
send the check/money order to me (but needed to know my address
to send it to) dumb me> i sent him my address and phone number
that he said that he needed. low and behold i think he has turned
it over to a group in africa that runs a huge scam called the (nigerian
advance fee fund). after a few letters from them i felt that something
was wrong (well it was) i called the united states sercert service
for help. they have been aware of the scam it is called the nigerian
fee fraud 4-1-9. o well leave it to me huh. so why i sent you this
mail you might aleret other members to watch out for this guy his
e/mail is email@example.com he will tell you nothing about himself
but that he wants the boat and needs to get all information about
you. but you will never see the check seller beware the secert service
feels that he is giving these groups information. please hold on
to this letter as information i will advise you of more as it comes
Recently I had you post a classified for a Mirage Drive that I
have for sale. I have received several e-mails from people in
Europe claiming to be interested in buying the thing. The odd
part was that all of them wanted to pay buy UK Cashier's Check
and use a "shipping agency". I believe this is a scan
where they send a fake cashiers check for more than the purchase
price, and have you send them the "change". By the time
you and your bank finds out the cashiers check was a fake, they
have your merchandise and the "change".
I am not sure that is what is going on here, but you might want
to see if your other patrons are experiencing the same type of
thing. I would hate to see good people taken advantage of.
Here is a copy of one of the e-mails I got.......
HELLO Matthew Fuller,
Thanks for the response.I'm very serious in
the purchase.I'll like you to cut off every other interested
buyers because I'm ready to buy the Mirage Drive.
I'll need the pics and detailed descriptions
of the Mirage Drive.Your Price $250, Is okay By my me,willing
to purchase the Mirage Drive.
However,I have a Shipping agent,which would
get in touch with you, upon confirmation of receipt of payments
and transaction concluded.Payments will be inform of cashier's
Cheque, Which would be issued and sent by my client in States
who is owning me,$620 for goods supplied,promised to do as i
The amount would cover your selling price
Shipping,and Handling charges So upon confirmation of receipt
of the cashier cheque from my client and confirmation from you
would send the balance to my Shipper in London when the cheque
clears,which wo uld get in touch with you as soon as you received
the cheque and we have conlude transaction.
Get back to me, If okay,i will like you to
forward me the following details,FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS,ALSO
YOUR DIRECT PHONE NUMER.So i would instruct my client, so that
payment will be made out to you soon and hope to read from you.
|Congratulations. You have no idea how your lives will
change. I've discovered that love for a grandchild is totally without
reason being so unconditional. Enjoy, it's great and I should add
it becomes very expensive.
|Many Congrats on Mr. Buster. He’ll be able to
smear PL before you know it.
|From: Derek Waters
...on Lemuel "Buster" Keaton Mitchell :)
|Idea for a boat
In a discussion last summer we were wondering if the great boat
wizzard (Phil Bolger) or anyone else has designed a 2 or 3 section
boat for a pickup truck to carry nested then put together when
you are at the water. We only discussed the final product and
not the "how to".
We envisioned the first piece, probably the stern section as
the "cap" for the pickup and the next section nested
underneath and the third section inside that with any gear under
it. The third section could be either a small cabin for the forward
section or an additional length to give a boat about 24 feet that
bolts together ala TIMS at the now famous Kingston Messabout.
All great things start with a dream. So all of you can think
about this one and respond accordingly. Here you go Bruce(S).
I really like the idea of travelling away from the snow and ice
with a great boat safely sitting on the back of the truck for
the journey then put it together, add a small outboard or oars
and away you go.
Paul McLellan - still
glowing from a great month of cruising with the Bolger Houseboat
#481 and trying to get back to reality, or maybe the cruising
is the reality.
|Fish Finder Review
|Off Color Content
|I just lost one of the color guns in my monitor, and
everything is now a funky yellow green color. Saw the topic
in September letters, thought he had same problem, but realized
after reading his letter, his problem is a little different. :)
On the way to computer store for another moitor...
Congratulations on a
great site, I've been a member for a while now although I still
haven't been able to get round to building my little dream boat!
I noticed David S's article
the other day about the little kiddie lagoon water park, did some
searching and came up with some links if anyone is interested
Shows pictures and info about the lagoons and construction, and
Gives details on the paddle boats. Pretty cool, though I daresay
using simple shortened 'mouse' type wooden boats and cheaper materials,
your average duckworks reader could knock one up fairly cheaply!
Keep up the great work, and thanks for your inspirations.
I always thought the landing craft at Normandy
and Tarawa were made of steel. Boy was I wrong! They were made
of pine, mahogany, and oak, and were the brainchild of Andrew
Jackson Higgins of New Orleans, Lousiana. What's more, a group
of old Higgins Industries Employees got together to build a LCVP
(Landing Craft, Vehicles and Personnel) from original plans. It
is now on display in the D-Day Museum in New Orleans.
For more about this, go to
There are step-by-step photos of the whole project.
For more information and diagrams, go to
Just got back from another outboard motor swap meet; the same
meet as written-up in the very first of the "swap
meets" Obsolete Outboard columns.
Just like last year, there were more "sellers" than
"buyers." Plenty of bargains available. Like OMC "pressure"
tanks, with hose and quick-connect fittings, for $25.00 to $35.00
Another buyer bought (4) outboards for $50.00 for the pile:
1) 1950 Johnson 10 hp (a bit earlier than I recommend for cheap
power, and missing pressure tank, but pressure tanks were available.)
2) An early '70s 9 hp Volvo Penta outboard (bet ya didn't know
they were even made) with long-shaft and "vertical-pull"
recoil starter for sailboat use. Don't know if parts are still
available but then I have never looked.
3) 5 hp Starling Jet outboard; and air-cooled Clinton powerhead
mated to a jet-drive lower unit. Not much "push" but
very cute; a safe little outboard to turn the kids loose with
on a dinghy, since there is no spinning propeller and no speed.
4) Forgot what the forth one was.
Or maybe a late-60s Evinrude 3 hp for $35.00? (these real late
3's have a provison for mounting a fuel pump for a remote tank;
the early ones do not.)
And a 1983 Mercury 9.8 hp for $100 which did not appear to be
too far from running condition (but if it needs electronic ignition
parts, it could get expensive; which is why I like "old-fashioned"
Jim Michalak showed-up and bought a 1966 Johnson 20 hp with a
badly-cracked lower unit. He took it home Saturday afternoon,
and sent me the following e-mail 6 hours later:
"No spark so swapped plugs from Goodyear12 and had
good spark. Carb does not appear to have a high speed adjustment
- I think what looks like a jet is just a long bar plug that
the low speed adjuster pivots around. Carb looks freshly overhauled,
hoses are new, looks like new gasket on fuel pump. Started right
up after changing plugs. Pumps water OK. Hood has some wear
and will need a bit of work. Its base on the motor was twisted
maybe from a fall and I straightened it with 2x4. Fits a lot
better but wear points will need some attention. Let it idle
for ten minutes or so, no problems yet. Shifts in and out of
Will dig into the lower unit soon, replace impeller and try
to seal the crack. Then I think it is good for a test run.
Got it for $30."
That lower unit may be cracked too badly to just seal it up,
but then the Gale 12 that he has that refuses to run https://homepages.apci.net/~michalak/15dec03.htm
has a lower unit that should swap without too much trouble.
Which is why I recomemend that people stick to one series of outboards;
if you buy a "dud" it can serve as a parts engine for
a better example of the same model/series.
And after dealing with a "dud," your next purchase will
be an "educated" purchase.
If there is ANYONE out there who still thinks that there is ANYWHERE
better to buy "cheap power" outboards than a swap meet
sponsored by the Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc., then they
are beyond my ability to help them.
|Hurricane Charlie - Kingston Messabout
Looks like we lucked out and Charlie went inland almost 100 miles
south of our site. At least no panicky calls from the park admin
peaople. So reserve a week or two for Florida next winter. Sailing
on the Intra Coastal, rowing in aligator infested swamps, schlepping
over vast stinky mud flats in search of clams to boil. Should
Can you post a noticeable announcement of the Kingston
Messabout having been cancelled? I've sent off messages
to everywhere I can think of, but I dread the idea of some poor
soul driving 1000 miles to a non-event
that I'd promoted.
Where could I get a set of plans for building a sampan like the
Bangkok market sampans of Thailand?
|Letter to Max
I liked you article
on old motors. When I was growing up on Lake Wylie on the outskirts
of Charlotte, NC., my Dad once bought an old plywood boat and
two old motors came with it. One was a 50s vintage 3.5 hp Evinrude
and the other was a two cylinder with no identifying labels (it
had been totally painted over a few times. I remembered when I
was very young that my Dad had the old Evinrude running on the
plywood boat, but when the boat began to rot a few years later,
my Dad gave up on the idea of same outboards and boats and went
the route of larger boats that were suitable for pulling water
About 10 years later, in my teens, my older brother and I purchased
an 14ft K-Craft (i.e., KMart) aluminum boat and went to Sears
and bought a 7.5hp Sears Ted Williams Gamefisher air-cooled engine.
Yes it was loud and sounded like you were cutting the grass when
you used it. We used and abused that motor for two years and killed
it. Now we had an aluminum boat and no working motor. I told my
older brother that we should see what those old motors still mounted
on the old 2x6 between the two trees could do. We tried larger
green painted motor first. Keep in mind that this motor had not
been touched, much less started in over 25 years. We cleaned it
up and put in two new spark plugs, rinsed out the gas tank that
was on top of the motor around the flywheel and cleaned out the
fuel line and wire fuel screen (not really a filter). This was
a water cooled motor.
After only a few hours of "restoration" we put in
on the back of the boat. On about the 5th pull, it fired up. This
engine did not have a neutral or reverse, so you had to be ready
to go when in fired up. To our surprise, this motor ran really
strong, much more powerful than the 7.5hp Sears, and it wasn't
as loud. The problem that we had was that the gas tank had a lot
of corrosion products in it, and you had to take a wrench to undo
the fuel line and clear the screen about every hour.
Were I grew up in the Carolinas, we affectionately referred
to these old outboards as "egg-beaters", because they
had some resemblance to an old electric egg-beater. I think that
would be a title for your columns on old motors. Just a thought.
Also, what do you think about the old 1.2 hp air-cooled Sears
outboards made in the 70s? My landlord has one in the garage that
I've been trying to buy from him?
Thanks for your articles. I like your AF4.
I'm thinking about building one to use with my 9.9 hp 4-stroke
After reading you and Jim about motors,
Appreciate the kind words and the story; since most of the old
outboards were pretty simple machines (the K.I.S.S. principal)
they usually do not require too much "wrenching" to
get them running. Few old outboards actually saw enough service
to be "worn out."
As to the little air-cooled 1.2's from the '70s, I think I would
hold out for a Johnson or Evinrude 1 1/2 (from the late '60s)
or a 2 hp (from the early '70s) as parts would be much easier
to come by, and I think you would get more 'push' out of em. For
that mater, a J or E 3 hp, made from 1950 to 1967, is a good engine
as long as someone has not run it "wide-open" hour after
hour, and parts and service info are easy to come by.
I like my AF4
very much, but have thoughts of building the
(always a bigger boat !), and I even like the new
I just don't like the price you have to pay to get one !
Keep in touch.
|Off Color Content
I know you don't censor articles, and I don't really
expect you to. I don't bother reading Richard Frye's articles
because I hear enough crude language that serves no purpose at
work, and I don't care to read it in my leisure time. My standards;
However, I think it would be justified to exercise some judgement
about headlines. Something buried in the text of an article doesn't
jump out at you, but a bright blue headline does. Occasionally,
my eight-year old says, "Dad, let's see what's on Duckworks."
No problem; its safe. However, if he had been with me when I checked
it today, he'd have seen, "Cheap Bastard makes canoe paddles."
Changing the "a" to a "@" doesn't change the
meaning. I really don't want to have to tell him, "No son,
not until I check it first."
As soon as we got this letter from Tom, we realized that
we had made a mistake. The title has been changed and we will
be more discreet in the future. - Chuck
|Using common Plastic on boats?
I am writing in response to the article "Creating
an Access Hatch in an Airbox." This article
suggests going to a fair amount of work to mount a margerine container
lid as an access hatch. Some of the tips also suggest using plastic
bucket lids as hatches. I think that there have been other references
to using ordinary plastic in various ways on boats. I know from
experience that the kind of plastic that one finds in the various
containers that we all have lying around is not resistant to UV
damage. This kind of plastic literally disintegrates in a very
short time when exposed to sunlight. There may be safety issues
to confront here, but I am most concerned that people will expend
considerable effort to install a device that will not last a season.
I am not an expert when it comes to quantifying the rate of decay,
but there is probably a reader who is. Maybe a general warning
or discouragement is needed.
Gary Vander Hart
|Help with design
I am a partner in the Riverside Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Northern
Thailand. For years we have been renting boats from outside for
our popular dinner cruise on the Ping River. We have now decided
that we will buid our own boat, which should become the splendour
of the Ping river. We have a design for the hull already but are
still looking for designs for the top cover. We would like to do
a fiber top if possible. The boat itself will hold about 10 tables
(40 passengers) and have a lenght of about 16m. I have been searching
the net for suitable designs of roof tops for our boat but have
not been successful yet. Could you give me some advice what might
be good websites to find the solution to my problem. I would be
helpful for any input and thank you in advance.
Pascal Pidoux, Chiang Mai
I just read a really nice story about a float trip somewhere
in the American West. It was nicely written, and the photos of
the birds were great, but it could have been any one of a dozen
states from Washington to western Texas to southern California.
I have noticed this a lot with stories in Duckworks. Usually there
is a river or a lake mentioned, but half the time there is no
way to know even which state we are in. Maybe it is the newspaper
editor in me coming out, but I think people really like to know
where it is that they are reading about when somebody submits
an article. So if somebody is submitting a story, just mentioning
a city and a state (for a boat building article for instance)
would be really good, or a "we launched our boat at xxxxx,
about 100 miles northwest of yyyyyy city or zzzzz national park
in wwwwwww state, would be even better. It is just a suggestion,
but even if someone thinks nobody would ever consider coming to
paddle or sail where they do, it helps readers to connect with
the story, and who knows, maybe some fellow Duckworkser will realize
they live only a couple of hours away, and the writer will gain
a new paddling or sailing buddy.
Food for thought anyway,
Kleingedank Str. 10
(Editor's note: You are quite right, Brian. We will try to
do better in the future.... By the way, that Article
was set near the west-central town of Delta, Utah.)
I wish you would offer the book "103 Sailing Rigs"
by Phil Bolger. The Book is available secondhand on the web, however,
it would be nice to find more Bolger books in
(Unfortunately, the book is out of print - Chuck)
|Just Saying Hi
|Hey Chuck and Sandra,
Just saying hi.
This is my favorite time for boat building - the time when everything
is in dream world and works perfect - every board is perfect, cut
perfect, fits perfect; all the fiberglass seams are completely smooth,
the paint doesn't run, and I am an awesome engineer and craftsman!
Of course, all that will change as soon as I buy the first board,
but for now...
I have never devoted as many thinking hours to anything as I have
to my next project. The vision is getting very firm, I can now see
99% of every detail in my mind's eye. All the problems are solved,
dimensions are set, and I have done mental launch and recoveries
over and over.
I messed up last year - had lots of boats and motors left over
to work on at the end of the season. I know better now, buy boats
Oct - Jan and fix em and sell em before Labor day. I still have
a couple to go - but at least there is a small light at the end
of the tunnel! Jenny and I are taking a siesta in Panama early
in September and when we get back my first stop will be the lumberyard!
Until then I will savor every moment in anticipation of building
the greatest boat since Noah's Ark, Ha!
Chuck and Sandra - -
you've heard it many times (and I've even said it myself once
or twice) but you run the best dang site on the net. Thanks very
much, and I look forward to being a member for a l-o-n-g time.
The idea of 1-2 new articles a day is a good one - hopefully when
I get my Michalak jonboat done I will write a short article with
pictures for the site, and even better, actually show up at a
messabout one of these months! I am hoping the boat doesn't float
too cock-eyed (I'm pretty sure it'll float, though it will certainly
be a workboat in every sense of the word) - but even if it does,
I'll chalk it up to "experience" as there has been plenty
of that gained through this project!
Editors note: We are going to attempt to provide 1-2 new
articles each day with links to them on our "New" page.
Many of you already use this as your go-to page when you visit
anyway. - Chuck -
|Hi Sandra (and Chuck, ha!) I stumbled across this
book about a 2600 miles journey down in Mississippi
River in 1879. It is lengthy, sometimes boring, sometimes interesting,
and details lots of challenges a boater would face in your current
contest. You may have already seen this, but just in case..... and
version in a canoe:
Thanks for the deckplate info. That helps, and the dimensions
turn out nearly perfect. Damn, I'm good! (or as my foreman said...
lucky). My sons & I are building the Micheal Storer designed
Goat Island Skiff, and these will go into the face of the aft
bulkhead, turning what had been merely a buoyancy chamber into
add'l storage as well.
Also wanted to say how much I appreciate your adding the hardware
to your product line. There are other sources... West Marine,
et. al., but none have the same focus on the backyard boatbuilder/small
boatyard that you seem to. Plus your prices are peachy. Hope you're
maintaining sufficient markup to keep the chandlery afloat. Looking
forward to my first issue of MAIB.
Keep up the good work,
|So how was the Rend lake messabout. I so wanted to
go this year but had to many commitments to get away. Next year
Do so love the Duckworks on line magazine.
Thanks for all you folks do and keep up the good work.
Hello Chuck and Sandra,
I want to thank you for the website you have created cause without
it We might not have met some of the really nice people we met
at the Rend Messabout... As this was my first messabout I want
you to know We (my wife and I) really and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves..Although
we got there late I was in heaven as I really do love wooden boats..
Would of stayed longer if I could have but the little lady was
ready for home as we had other engaments on sunday. It was worth
the 4 hr drive just to meet you and Sandra, Max, and the others.
I have almost completed the little jon-boat I am building and
it has been a alot of fun and alot of learning for me. It was
something I decided to do with some scrap lumber laying around
after building my shed/workshop. As soon as I finish her I will
send picures of it to you and will let you know how it does in
the water as well.
As for the tools I'm using the tools my wife bought me for X-mas.
The set of tools from black and decker came with tool cabinet
and they have come in pretty handy building the boat. Especailly
the cordless drill, the powered sander and jig saw. These have
been a blessing on the boat and the shed I built... Especially
as I'm not a carpenter. Well I best quit gabbing and again let
me say we had a wonderful time even if we didn't get to see the
boats being used due to the weather but wow it was great just
the same... I liked your Sail boat as it was a really nifty little
boat all in all. My wife liked the kayak /we both loved the skiff
america as well as the AF4's there...It was great meeting you
Chuck ahve a good day and good sailing... Sincerly, James and
Thanks for a very cool and useful site. On the matter of the Metric
system, you folks in the USA may not be aware of this, but for the
rest of the world, who has been using the metric system for the
last forty years, (yes even in South Africa), your system of measurement
is a major stumbling block. I am 44 years old this year, planning
to start building a Tollman skiff in Cape Town, South Africa soon.
The only trepadation I have is having to convert from, inches, fractions
of inches, feet, yards, etc. to millimeters, which is the ONLY measuring
system with which I (and billiions of people around the world) am
familiar enough with to contemplate starting a project that needs
It may be worthwhile for designers to consider metricating their
plans, and opening up the potential market to the rest of the world.
A good example is presisely the Tollman skiff, which I chose because
I believe it will do well in our rough and unpredictable Southern
seas. Also I believe the Brits may like them for the same reason.
Just a thought, use it-dont use it!!
Have a lovely day!
Concerning your index in Duckworks, I would be interested in a section
on flotation. What materials can be used, how are they installed,
what precautions need to be taken, where can it be acquired, etc.
I am building a Bolger Cartopper, and am getting to the point where
it will be of use to me.
Thank you for a great magazine,
|Kids and Boats
Great article by Doug. Very well written, not bogged down in details
like mine tend to be! Short paragraphs, concise sentences, and really
funny (especially for those of us who are parents).
Now that I think of it, two of his articles are the only ones I've
dragged my wife over to the computer to read. Ha, she liked this
one better than the one that had her photo in it...
I'm still working on a one-man jonboat, rain delays have been the
main thing to deal with. Almost built Ruben's Nymph instead, it
just wouldn't fit between the wheel wells of my Ranger-- which may
be a crummy reason not to build something, but I wanted to be able
to just prop it up on the tailgate and slide it in. Will write up
something for that when it's done. I bought one of those self-locking
anchor bracket things for it. Looks cool, now I just have to figure
out how it's supposed to work.
See you later,
| Dear Sandra and Chuck,
I enjoyed your article on the messabout you held. My home is in
Portland, Oregon, but I have been working on a project in San Antonio
for the last year and a half. I thought of attending the messabout,
but I don't own a boat. After reading your article, I wish I had
driven down to see the boats and visit.
Although I have not yet built any boat, I hope to build a number
of them. In fact, because I have been away from home for most of
the last 5 years, my interest and desire to build boats has reached
the level of an obsession. My list of boats to build changes constantly,
but currently is as follows: Toto by Jim Michalak, Wee Lassie by
Mac McCarthy, Oarling by Sam Devlin, and Hawkeye by Phil Bolger.
Keep up your good work on the Duckworks web page. Whenever I do
start to build my boats, I'll send you writeups and pictures.
I noticed your comment about windshields in your messabout article.
(Gracefully written as usual, by the way.) Clearly, you need some
direction (as education is sometimes referred to) on this matter.
You will agree, on reflection, that what you are talking about
is a sprayshield, not a windshield. No problems with the wind,
just with the water. Here is the tricky point: you are the sprayshield.
One of the important functions of crew is to 'take one for the
team', i.e. stop the spray before it gets to the captain. This
is especially true when the captain is your SO as well as your
CO. In my experience, this duty is more willingly embraced during
the engagement than during the subsequent marriage, but there
In return, the SO/CO is obliged to equip you with the most fetching
and attractive water-resistant gear on the market. Feel free to
shop the Henri Lloyd racks and put it on his bill. He may argue
that the Creator provided you with an even more attractive and
even more water resistant skin, but you get to choose between
synthetic, based on air and water temperatures.
Offered in the spirit of universal public education, which I
know you support.
|Anybody know of any sailboat designs under 18 feet
with a long keel (instead of a centerboard?) The only one I have
encountered is the 20 foot "Lotsen" made by a Swedish
boat builder after the model of a Yorkshire pilot boat. I am looking
for an American designer/builder of something similar.
Childhood trauma when I was attacked, has left me averse to centerboards.
That is, I was attacked by the adolescent crew of the "Wood
Pussy" who had been forced by their parents to take my twelve
year old self aboard for a race at a Long Island club.
They said to me: "put down the centerboard." Not knowing
what one was, and figuring if they asked me it could not be very
important--I sat huddled in a sullen lump and awaited further
We suffered the ignominy of having to be towed home. Adolescents
are not shy about venting their feelings. Ever since I have stubbornly
resolved never to touch a centerboard--and this was long before
I understood how centerboards stick and twist and splinter and
the wells are a big hole in the hull which inevitably rots and
leaks and lets just see you try to repaint the inside, &tc.
The centerboard was a 19th Century innovation and not all new
things are progress.
So. Any ideas?
My name is Ben Cook, a 29yr old psychology student plus a history
buff for all things nautical and I reside on the Gold Coast, Australia.
I have recently acquired a Klepper "Master" from an
auction and am interested to know more about this amazing craft!
As there are no folding kayak distributors in australia and all
klepper websites are not really research minded, I was wondering
if you could help me out. I was directed to your sight by a local
wooden boat builder, and my dad who owns a maurice griffith eventide
26 footer (Windward), she's so lovely! The kayak in question seems
to have it original klepper bags and buoyancy vest from sears
and roebuck circa 1936, and a kapok cushion also from sears. It
is fairly poor condition but I think has the original rubber skin
as it is really detiorating in places. It has red ink on some
of the ribs and the instructions 'vorne' (front in german) on
some other pieces, also the number 473 also in red ink on the
main rib. I would love to know more about the history of this
klepper and am in contact with it's previous owners brother re
its history. I would also love to restore it faithfully to its
former glory and was wondering if any of your members had any
experience in this field. I have contacted klepper in germany,
but they have yet to return my email. I think it would be fascinating
to uncover how it got to the gold coast, and possibly as a project
to submit to your website.