Webwatch
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By Duckworks Readers

Sometimes we get submissions that are interesting but already posted somewhere else on the web. We also spot sites that seem like something Duckworks readers would want to see. These are either blogs or personal websites or even business sites. We used to edit them for use here but there are just too many to repost and besides there is plenty of original material for Duckworks. So we decided to start a monthly page dedicated to these websites. Welcome to the first Webwatch. If you know of a website that would be of interest to our readers, please send me a link - chuck@duckworksmagazine.com

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Our friend Gavin Atkin has begun a regular blog dedicated to boating in Great Britain. Thick with history and delightful pictures, this should be a daily stop for anyone interested in small boats.

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This Waterman 16 building blog was spoted on the Selway-Fisher builder's forum

 
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John Welsford sent this link to a series of albums of boatbuilding in New Zealand. Of particular interest are the building of a Navigator and a Tender Behind

 
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Ted Major posted a link to his flickr album on the Duckworks forum. It shows the cart he built for his skin on frame kayak. Check the rest of Ted's photos for the kayak and his Skat.

 
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Shorty sent a link to this story on his website. It's from his friend Cleon McClain, a circumnavigator himself who went to see John Guzzwell's Trekka.

 
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Also from Shorty, "Starcatcher & Moldy Duck" by John Herr - an inspiring story of two kids learning to sail their PDRacers almost instantly.

 
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When Andrew Linn ordered some hardware, he also sent us a link to this story of his latest project - a Weekender restoration.

 
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Gerry LaVoie is another customer with a project. Check out his Walkabout building blog. That is going to be one pretty boat, Gerry.

 
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Seems like everyone is building a John Welsford boat these days. Here is a video from Youtube of Luis Nin Esteves' Swaggie going together in Urugay.

 
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Marcel Vos is building a 27ft Gaff Cutter, but his blog, "Woodies 'n stuff" has info about other projects including a stripper and a Greenland Kayak.

 
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Bruce Dillahunty's blog has the slogan: "Boat design, home building, and cruising in a nutshell", but I am particularly interested in his ongoing Origami folding dinghy project.

 
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Not sure what this gentleman's name is but he is off to a good start on his Selway-Fisher Prospector canoe.

 
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What did I say about John Welsford designs? Rick Fletcher is building a Joansa in Australia and documenting it on his website.

 

click to enlargeBill Turnbull writes: Here are some photos and small videos from the Cortez small craft festival this past April 1st. Sorry, but I don't have any descriptions....

The festival was very nice. Some works of art were present as well as some plain old wooden boats that didn't make me feel too bad about my own wood butchering skills. Some kind folks even came down from Maryland (I believe) with kite materials for the kids. After the show we took the kites to a nearby beach and had a grand time. We even had free fresh clam chowder courtesy of some folks from Cedar Key.

Unfortunately, I missed seeing Robb White. His presentation wasn't til my kids bedtime so we headed home thinking that we would have another opportunity to hear him speak in person.... Yet another instance where one is shown that life is transient and needs to be taken a hold of right now.

 
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For anyone who followed Gary Blankenship and my effort in the last Watertribe Challenge but does not subscribe to Small Craft Advisor, here is a reprint of my article, courtesy of Great Falls Boat Works