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The Stealth Yak

It's got the look?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Liquid Joinery
There are three basic fillet types; heavy structural, light structural and cosmetic.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Home Depot Sailboat for the Sea Cadets - 4
Motor Mount options? An offset board above the transom? An offset box off the rear? An opening in the afterdeck?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Home Depot Sailboat for the Sea Cadets - 3
Flip time! Remove your empty one-side-finished hull and frames from the jig.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Stealth Yak
The kayaks that Barnaby Wainfan created with his daughters (Kayaks for the girls) fascinated me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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, August 31, 2015

  • September Letters

  • Monday, August 31, 2015

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

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    A Home Depot Sailboat for the Sea Cadets - 2
    Here is the "kit" wrapped for transport, on a trailer next to a foam pirogue.

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    A Home Depot Sailboat for the Sea Cadets -1
    The Challenge: a fleet of boats to teach young people to sail.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    On The Unbearable Lightness of Being Prepared
    The OBX 130 is coming up fast (which I ‘guide’) and people coming on the trip have started asking me what they should bring on a long sailing trip.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • September Splash

  • Monday, August 24, 2015

    On the way to the Palooza – Part Two
    Do you suppose if Bill the Bard had been one to tow sailboats across the country to messabouts, the phrase might have been, "Hell hath no fury, as a serpentine belt scorned."?

    Monday, August 24, 2015

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

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Cool Boats and Smart People
    Here's a give away boat that you don't need.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

  • September Reports

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    On the way to the Palooza – Part One
    I’ve been getting ready for another road trip.  Make that, “boat trip.”

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Centerboard Slot Gasket
    Since I wanted my rowboat to sail also, a centerboard trunk was installed.

    Monday, August 17, 2015

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

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    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.

    Friday, August 14, 2015

  • September Treasure Chest

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Beautiful Weather, Nice Sailing & Great Camaraderie
    This year, as in most past years the weather gods cooperated.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Requiem for a Sailor
    It all started with a sailboat.

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    OBX 2015
    This event doesn’t get large crowds, but many of the best sailors in our “scene” have done it.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    B. B. Crowninshield
    Mr. Crowninshield comes naturally by his love for the water.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

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

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Surgery
    OK.  I admit it.  It’s a damn fool stunt that I’ve gotten myself wrapped up in.  A hairball idea, running straight down hill on rails. 

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    An Enduring Memory from the Everglades Challenge, 2015
    An enduring memory from the Everglades Challenge in 2015 came in southern Sarasota.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Word Pictures
    My personal favorite, very best place, is the bow pulpit of a modest sized sailboat that is sailing herself off to weather.

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Little Tri Sailboat
    Then out of the blue Bernd suddenly posted pictures and video of his newest creation, the Little Tri.

    Monday, August 3, 2015

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

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    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.

    Friday, July 31, 2015

  • August Letters

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015

    The Building & Sea Trials of 'FIFI' - Part Two
    December 23rd and we awoke with a sunny warm day, breakfast now over it was time to move on.

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    More Makin' It Up As We Go
    In the world of hairball inventions, and half-fast shortcuts, this is one that I haven't exactly tried before. But, it's worth a shot.

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Punkin Seed is Gonna' Be a Thoroughbred
    Remember back 30 years ago, or so, when those mini-12 meter boats were the rage?

    Monday, July 27, 2015

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

    Friday, July 24, 2015

  • August Splash

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015

    The Building & Sea Trials of 'FIFI' - Part One
    I’ve always admired the multihull concept and their potential whereby our canoe people around our Pacific Islands still rely on ‘outriggers’ for transport.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Centerboard Slot Gasket
    Since I wanted my Gunning Dory rowboat to sail also, a centerboard trunk was installed.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Painting Beautiful Boats on Whidbey Island
    Some people have to die before they go to heaven. But some are really lucky, and get to live in what is a heaven to them, without the expense of a fancy funeral.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

  • August Reports

  • Monday, July 20, 2015

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

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Make It Up As We Go
    Ever since I got completely outa’ control and cleaned up my shop, and repainted the floor...

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Hermit Crabbing: Another Way to Go - 2
    I took to living aboard out of economy more than anything else.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  • August Treasure Chest

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    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, July 14, 2015

    Foam Airplanes, Big Fish
    First off I'll tell you that Rex and Kathie's Guide boat sold in about ten minutes so for all of you who were thinking about it, too late.

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Songs of History
    Travellers miss out on the best of a trip by ship or boat if they see it as just a matter of transportation.

    Monday, July 13, 2015

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

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    The Carolina Skiff
    The Carolina Skiff roared across the chop toward Paul's Mott and the cross, our guide skillfully spacing the bow and stern to the wave intervals.

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Hermit Crabbing: Another Way to Go
    I've sailed all my life, raced much of it, and being a natural tinkerer I got involved in production yacht building with the late PDQ Yachts in the late nineties.

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    How to Build a Workbench Cart
    I have the issue that I do not have a dedicated workshop space.

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    Two New Designs
    The ECO 75 power cat is the big brother of the ECO power cat.

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Trouble is Where You Find It
    Since just about the time the first cave man sailed the first log raft across a river, there's been what we call the First Law of the Sea.

    Monday, July 6, 2015

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

    Friday, July 3, 2015

    A Brigantine Pirate Ship
    Stuart Reid designed a 23 foot Pirate ship for me about 3 years ago. She took me 2 1/2 years to build, which was a labor of pure love.

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    So, Where’s the Boat Now? - Part Two
    The Med turned cooperative this morning transforming the miniature maelstrom at the harbor entrance into a bathtub missing only the rubber duckies.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    So, Where’s the Boat Now? - Part One
    KOTW in 2010 logged in excess of 8000 miles circumnavigating the Eastern half of the navigable North American continent.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    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 30, 2015

  • July Letters

  • Monday, June 29, 2015

    The Overhaul of Punkin' Seed - Part Four
    The latest progress report on “Punkin’ Seed.”

    Monday, June 29, 2015

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

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    The Overhaul of Punkin' Seed - Part Three
    Punkin’ Seed got a “flipping cradle” today.

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

  • July Splash

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Anchoring 2.0
    One of my favorite boating activities is anchoring.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    First Annual Drizzle Cruise - 12-15 March 2015
    I was sitting in a truck park someplace between Vantage and George.

    Monday, June 22, 2015

  • July Reports

  • Monday, June 22, 2015

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

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Speed
    This is the motor I traded. It's exactly a hundred years old this year.

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    The Overhaul of Punkin' Seed - Part Two
    Poor little Punkin’ Seed has been on and off the operating table about a dozen times this spring.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    A Cartop Carrier Sailboat
    This is the Sears cartop Carrier.

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    South Sound Drizzle Cruise – Part Three
    When I called Kate to the back door, again.  And when I asked her to bring the box of band aids and maybe a paper towel.

    Monday, June 15, 2015

  • July Treasure Chest

  • Monday, June 15, 2015

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

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    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.

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    The Gift of Little Boats, Redux
    In December of 2010 I wrote this column, an essay of my amazement and gratitude to the new world opened up to Mike and me by the building and sailing of little boats.

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Cedar Key and Motorcycles
    The weather at Cedar Key this year was absolutely perfect, I couldn't have arraigned any better if I were in charge of that sort of thing.

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015

    South Sound Drizzle Cruise – Part Two
    There are lots of things better discovered in your own driveway.  A couple of those popped up today, and were pretty big game changers, I’m afraid.

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    South Sound Drizzle Cruise – Part One
    I sort of instigated this little adventure coming up next week, way back in November.

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Apalachicola, Cherry Wheel
    We've all heard the name Apalachicola Florida but have any of us ever been there?

    Monday, June 8, 2015

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

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Nina and Pinta
    Standing on the traditionally planked deck, it seemed a blast of megabytes and pixels were swirling in an unseen, unfelt gale.

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Lady in Red
    This tale is about the birth of a Lady in Red.

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    OBX 2015
    We Moffitt’s are hosting it once again this September 14-18 2015, when the winds are a little kinder and it gets a little cooler in the Outer Banks.

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Mullet Skiff
    Around 1900, commercial fish houses in the Crystal River, Florida area used mullet skiffs (also called ice boats).

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    Spring is in the Air
    Spring is here at the shop, well I guess it's always spring here; I sure hope you guys are starting to melt up there where you live.

    Monday, June 1, 2015

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

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    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.



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