Craig McEwan is off to a great start
on his Bruce Roberts 19. You will be amazed
at the functionality and thought that is going
into this boat.
Andy Anderson is a fan of traditional small
craft, so when he saw that Jim Michalak had
designed a sneakerbox, he had to build a model.
a Paradox by a Beginner
Derek Clark may not have a lot of boatbuilding
experience but he reads extesnively and he thinks
about what he is doing.
Tom Gale is always adopting "bargain"
boats to fix up and then sending me photos of
them. I thought these pictures were striking
enough to include here.
Kids like boats - especially small one-man boats where they can be captain. Marc Bourassa and his sons built two such boats and Marc sent this report:
Do you like to design boats? Then you probably
need some spline weights. In this article, Steven
Roberts shows you everything you need to know.
Did you know you can make good jamb cleats from
scrap tubing? Martin Welby describes this simple
process so you can make some too.
Polytarp Junk Rig
People who have tried Junk rigs claim they are
safe and easy to use. Mike Mulcahy shows you
all you need to know to make one from polytarp.
Wrapping for Oars 101
Here is a simple yet effective way to protect
your oars. Pat Patteson gives step by step instructions
for doing your own rope wrap.
Challenge - Part 1
Here is a pictorial essay of my recent EC experience.
I wrote a rather longish article for Small Craft
Advisor and this is meant to illustrate that
Gary Blankenship and I had a great time in the
Everglades Challenge. In this report he talks
about what did and didn't work on the boat and
Challenge - Part 2
The first part of this report covers the pre-race
activities - this part covers the race itself.
a 1956 Johnson 15 hp Back to Life - 2
Every year or so, Max Wawrzyniak completely
refurbishes an old outboard motor and documents
it in these pages. There are lots of good lessons
A Big Little Ship
Roy McBride sent us this from Ian Allen. It
is the story of the midnight rescue of a Tahiti
Ketch with plenty of danger and shady characters
to go around.
Way for Ron's "Lady of Fortune"
Mark Steele describes how 'Pyrate Ron' and his
big radio controlled square rigger occasionally
sets out to plunder the local pond fleet.
Drowning Without Getting Your Head Wet
Do you think you always make good decisions
around boats? Derek made a bad decision once
and learned a good lesson from the resulting
Your Life Jacket
You know you should wear a life jacket any time
you are in your boat, but do you? Harriet Howard
gives us some more information on the subject.
Yard Sale Tools
You already know that Rob Rohde-Szudy is so cheap he makes almost everything from scratch. Now he tells you how to buy tools cheap and what to look for.
with a Dreamer
Not long ago we published an article about Harley
Harlson and his pending record-breaking circumnavigation.
Now read our interview.
Here is a tale that will get your blood pumping.
Bob Means has built boats all over the world
and he has been in some tight places too.
Lee and Katie Martin are active boaters. Recently
they visited the west coast of Mexico and send
this report. There is good, practical information
Is a wood/epoxy composite boat faster than its
fiberglass equivalent? In this case Roy McBride
found out that it was.
You might have seen this little boat in a recent
issue of Outdoor Life Magazine. It's by my friend
Paul Butler who has been doing this sort of
thing for a while.
Bay - Part 2
In the second Part of Warren Messer's construction
guide, he talks about taping the joints. This
is good information to apply to any boat with
Looking for a pocket cruiser? Have you thought about building in steel? Consider this redesign of Sam Rabl's Picaroon from the board of Wes Farmer.
Has Ross Lillistone designed and built the perfect row/sail/outboard beachcruiser of minimum dimensions and weight? Decide for yourself.