The first photos of a 17' Courtenay offshore style Pacific Power Dory recently arrived. Gord Plain recently flipped the hull over and is ready to start working on the inside.
Very sweet job on this dugout. Check out the contoured sides. The interior will be heated, perhaps filled with water and red-hot stones and when pried apart, will form a more or less flat gunwale. Just lovely.
Nesting Expedition Dinghy
The paint is dry on Nesting Expedition Dinghy Hull #1. Onwards to hardware and rigging. "Pingu" is a character in a popular kids' cartoon series. A cartoon penguin felt strangely right for this design.
Happy Hour Kayak
Witness the trials and tribulations of my "Happy Hour" Kayak build. I'm naming it "Test Run" as it is my first (of more?) stitch and glue builds. Having fun with one of the side panels repeatedly cracking on me as I bend it toward the transom.
Own Design Kayak
Figured yesterday was a good Indian summer day to slather on some block and paddle this vessel of my own creation. Forgot how gratifying it is to propel something of your own hand across the water.
PS Transverse ribs are of hand split bamboo, file fit and tuning with crooked knife.
I hope this finds you well. Good weather has finally cooperated with my schedule, and has made a second sea trial for Bodil II possible. All modifications have resulted in the hoped for performance improvements.
Tender though She is, She is now ready for the next season of beach camping and fishing with this lazy old man.
I decided on the project for two original reasons. First and foremost was to have a boat light enough for this 82 year old man to load, and then to easily launch it over the beach without having to deal with a heavy trailer in mud or sand. The second, naturally, was the joy of working with wood to produce a usable boat. With the following changes, objective one has now been accomplished, as well.
The trip to the first launch earlier this year proved the tie-downs to be vulnerable. Loosely positioned padding at the bow was compromised by the boat tied down while riding on her pneumatic tired launching wheels. The natural motion of the moving trailer allowed the tires to "dance" some, working loose the straps. The boat consequently moved to result in damage to the tip of the stern against the trailer gate.
Shows overall positioning of boat on trailer.
Shows the padded yoke, which now holds the bow firmly to the rubber
padded front support. The Yoke is new. The straps are standard stern tie
downs from years past.
Shows the key to the solution. A padded arm, normally secured parallel to the port railing of the trailer, is swung over to starboard. Sliding under the stern quarter it thus secures the boat. When in final, and thus secured position, the arm is designed to lift the boat, including the launching wheels, about 3" above the trailer deck. The process reverses just as easily, and allows me to roll the boat off the trailer and to the water with one hand on the breast hook. In this configuration She did not budge even one centimeter off her rails during transport.
16' Stretched Junebug
My slightly modified Junebug - stretched to 16'. And my planing Junebug, 9.3 mph with a 2.5 hp.