(Reports from 2003)

 

Hallo, Sandra and Chuck-
This is not a film magazine from Hollywood. This is January/February edition of REJS, one of Polish yachting magazines. I've posted to them brief description of Campjon design with a few photos, just before Christmas. I don't work for them, so it was more a question and less a ready article, but they decided to print it at once. Let's see how it came out.

I'm sure some people from here will take a look at Duckworks, and hope some of them will stay with Duckworks as I do. I'm not sure about commercial effects, because of language barrier and technical aspects of sending money. Anyway if somebody from here need any help, I would support him.

Well, please take a look at page 87 (ed.-see above). Another copy of REJS was sent to Jim Michalak.

Best regards. Wojetk

woodenboat.net.nz is underway again now that my more global commitments have finished.

Please visit the editorial page and the news page.
Of special note is the annual Mahurangi Cruising Club weekend this coming weekend.

If you can make it to what is widely thought to be one of the better meeting places for woodenboat advocates that would be great.

I have also been asked to tell you that tickets are still available for the traditional ball.

Regards
Dave Robertson

The dates for Lake Charles Yacht Club open races are confirmed as follows:

Contraband Regatta, an annual open regatta, first hosted in 1969, will be a one day event on Saturday, May 8, 2004.

There will be an entry fee ($25?) but includes party and dinner in the evening. The annual Contraband Days Festival Fireworks will take place in the evening, usually at 9:00 or 10:00 pm.

Third Annual Lake Charles Yacht Club Messabout will take place August 7, 2004. There will be a race for Puddle Duck Racers and for other visiting sailors if interested. This is an unstructured event where everyone comes and enjoys the day messing about in boats of most any kind. You don't need to bring a boat. A hot dog lunch will be served and a social and dinner will be held in the evening. There is no charge for this event.

See the link below for other Duddle Duck events.

Ken Abrahams, Puddle Duck Racer No. 2, Ugly Duckling.

http://www.shortypen.com/pdhoust/

I'm putting a Sneakeasy together as a test bed for a Kitchen Rudder. I've always been curious about the contraption. Besides, not enough water for the Wyo this year so we'll enjoy the Sneakeasy and Trilars this summer.


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Here's a GIF of a Kitchen Rudder. I plan on using an inboard air cooled engine, probably a 20HP Honda or B & S twin. A two bilge blowers pumping a couple hundred cubic feet a minute should keep things cooled since I'd like to enclose the engine except for a 4 inch opening above the transom.

If it works as described in several things I've managed to find, it should make the boat very maneuverable. I've always thought it was a possible thing for the Wyo so I figure the Sneakeasy would be a great test bed.

I have the bulkheads cut out and one set of side panels epoxied up, I'll probably start assembling in a week or two. I have a kerosene heater in the garage that keeps it about 55 - 60 degrees so I fire it up about 7 AM on the weekends and can work by 9:00 AM. Nifty little heater. I hope to have it done by April for launching.

I'm not going to get carried away on building the Sneakeasy on my website, I'll snap a view here and there but I will focus on the kitchen rudder. I hope to do an article for you when I'm done.

No snow for us, we have lot's in the mountains though so maybe a good run off but we are really in need of moisture in the foothills and flatlands. They don't predict the lake to fill much this year, maybe 10 feet but that still won't float my dock. They did extend the ramps last fall so I could probably put the Wyo in but there is no place to moor or dock. Literally all the bays are dry and dropping a mooring in the lake is not allowed.

Big boat show in Denver tomorrow, lot's of ideas!

Lake Powell in September, humm, if your going, I'll be there!

Jeff

Found this photo while "surfing" on a government site. Have seen this fellow mentioned in a 1950's book on kit boats. You can go a long ways in a little boat!

Max

The caption reads: "CAPT HARVEY H. HECKER, age 76, Chicago, Ill. to New Port Richey, Fla. Nov 18 to Dec. 24, 1953. Distance: 2000 miles, "Ozarka Boat Co. Kit assembled by Capt. Hecker. Power: Twin Johnson Sea-Horse, 10 h.p. motors."

Here in Annapolis it's been cold enough to freeze nitrogen. But in the shop the heat is on and the woodchips are flying, because there's nothing like boatbuilding to speed you through the cold months of Winter.

Worried about having enough heat in your home shop? For an in-depth look at easy ways to turn an ice-cold garage into a working boatshop, click here: http://www.clcboats.com/coldshop.php

And here's something else to warm you up: Order a CLC boat kit online between now and February 15th, and we'll throw in a free copy of "The Zen of Wooden Kayak Building," our famous how-to-build-a-boat video. To get the free video, you'll need to type "CW0104" into the "comments" box of your online order, and specify whether you want the video on DVD or VHS. Offer good only in the United States.

Chesapeake Light Craft
1805 George Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Tel: 410-267-0137
http://www.clcboats.com/
info@clcboats.com

I HAVE SENT YOU A PIC OF A CABIN THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PUT ON THE CAMPJON. IT IS A BIT DIFFERENT BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TRY IT. THINKING ALONG THE LINES IT IS VERY SIMILAR IT WOULD REQUIER MAKEING THE BULKHEADS WITH A DIFFERENT CUT PATTERN. BUT STILL KEEPING THE LINES OF THE CAMPJON. SEE WHAT YOU THINK? I SAW THIS BOAT IN DUCKWORKS MAG.
THANK YOU "WILLIAM"


"Rust Check on the Bounty"

The attached photos document freeing up some seized shackles on "HMS" Bounty.. The "Bounty" winter at The Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida every year. She's a beautiful replica of the original, but built 1/3rd. larger. Tour their website at: http://www.tallshipbounty.org/ for all the real scuttlebut.

A young lady crew member, Jennifer Kramer, was struggling with the rust seized shackles using a vise with a gallon jug of WD 40. She wasn't getting anywhere. Even clamped in hard and using a big marlin spike as a lever wasn't working. We added a 14" crescent wrench to lengthen the spike for more leverage. No joy!

I took pity on her and went to my car, where I knew I had a couple of trial size bottles of good old Rust Check..

She put a few drops on each end of the threads and off it came after a few minutes rest to permit penetration. Critics would say that the hour she spent wrestling it with the WD 40 is what got it off. The proof is that it worked the same on three more shackles she hadn't started on yet!

The next day they used it to repair the anchor capstan that had been seized up for years.

Three cheers for Rust Check.

I'm a volunteer crew member of "HMS" Bounty, onboard for winter maintenance, working a day a week, learning lots, and having a ball.

Bo'sun Bruce Hector RCN(R) ret.
Reporting from sunny Florida