I decided to build Jonsboat
first, so I could learn a bit before tackling my sailboat.
It’s been coming along pretty well. I have been
having a lot of fun with it. Here’s a picture
of it after I have the bottom mostly done. A bit more
sanding and I’ll be ready to flip her over and
finish the inside. Thank you again for your help,
this has been a very fun new hobby (although my wife
is asking when she can have the garage back).
Not a very good picture, I know. I took it with my
Drove over to the Tex Kayak Builders
Bash on Sat- MANY neat boats there. Here's one BIG
unmassaged shot, with my two Birders right up front.
I found your site about three months
ago and felt right at home. Since then I have purchased
a set of plans from Mr.Jim and have started on the
I feel that everyone should know about
your site so I would like your permission to put
your logo on my boat.
That is basically it .
Keep up the good work.
BOATAHOLIC FALLS OFF THE WAGON
I swore “no more boats”
a few years ago. (It’s not important how many
I have; don’t ask.) But there are no “former”
boataholics, only “recovering” boataholics
versus those who have fallen off the wagon. I fell
off the wagon last week. I confess (sob) I bought
I could blame fellow Scuzbum Jeff Clark. He’s
the one who told me about cheap boats and boat stuff
for sale on the “craigslist” website http://geo.craigslist.org
For those unfamiliar with this website it’s
a free online classified ad system which operates
worldwide, but organizes its ads in local/regional
pages. Cruising the ads became regular “entertainment”
until the inevitable happened. If you’re a recovering
boataholic and you want to remain recovered, then
I suggest that you stay away from craigslist.
I confess (sob)
I bought another boat.
So let’s put aside my shame and regret and
I’ll tell you about my new $50 boat. It’s
a little under 14’ long x 32” wide, fiberglass
decked canoe or fat kayak, depending on how you look
at it. It’s very light, easy to hoist on my
shoulder and carry. I’m thinking it would look
good with a kind of Gulf-of-Mexico-light-blue-green
paint on the deck
It’s not quite what the ad described, but after
driving 60 miles thru southern California Saturday
traffic to look at it, going home empty-handed seemed
worse than spending $50 on not exactly what I was
hoping for. See, boys and girls? That is the great
trap of craigslist. Avoid it or end up like me!
The attached photo makes it look pretty good, after
hours of cleaning it up. My plan is to make it into
a multi-purpose craft that can be paddled canoe or
kayak-style, rowed or sailed, and have enough stowage
space for bare-bones camp-cruising. My friend Joe
is going to loan me a little lug sail rig to experiment
with. Of course I need another boat or another boat
project like I need a hole in the head. If any readers
feel themselves falling in love with the photo, feel
free to make me an offer. For me, selling would be
the path to recovery.
I see in your magazine that the messabout season
has started and you have a lot of material. I am sending
you here the first picture of a KD 860 in Portugal.
I am proud of the fact that amateurs in a country
which is surely not known for amateur boat building
have built the boat in such a short time. They started
in November 2006 and 7 months later had the boat on
in November 2006 and 7 months later had the
boat on the water.
Australia (AP) -- Relatives of three Australian yachtsmen
whose catamaran was found drifting off the Great Barrier
Reef vowed on Monday to continue searching for the
missing men, as theories about their mysterious disappearance
continued to emerge.
On Sunday, police called off their search for skipper
Des Batten, 56, and brothers Peter and James Tunstead,
aged 69 and 63, saying the men had probably been swept
overboard nearly a week before, and were unlikely
to be found alive.
Last Wednesday morning a couple of young
guys left Freeport (a few miles down the coast from
Galveston ) in a 23 foot Mako and went 36 miles off-shore
to a popular fishing spot known as the Lump, or the
Twentytwo Fathom Lump. They were busy catching fish
and apparently didn't notice the boat was taking on
water until it was too late. Just as they turned on
their VHF to send a distress call the boat capsized,
but not before both men grabbed their PFD's and put
them on. They also grabbed a couple of bottles of
water. Then they climbed on to the bottom of the capsized
boat and waited.
Missing fishermen Michael
Phram, Aaron Pilcher.
Family members ashore reported the pair
missing that night and the Coast Guard began searching
for them the next morning. But though the men reprted
seeing choppers and airplanes , none came near enough
to spot them. They even fired a flare in an attempt
to attract attention but to no avail.
By Thursday night the men had drifted
to within less than a mile from an off-shore oil platform.
At that point they decided to abandon the up-turned
hull and swim for the rig, but currents carried them
away from it. Later that night they drifted close
to another oil rig and one of the pair was able to
swim to it, find a ladder leading up to the platform
and, despite being exhausted, climb it. Much to the
surpise of the rig's crew, he simply strolled into
Once rescuers were able to narrow the
area of the search they spotted the other man who
was still in the water, and he was rescued by the
Coast Guard patrol vessel Amberjack. Both men were
flown to the hospital where they were treated for
dehydration and released.
Several factors contributed to the two
guys survival. One was the water temperature, which
this time of year is in the upper 70's. Another was
that they had heavy-duty pfd's, the kind used off-shore,
and not the typical light-weight type usually worn
by recreational boaters which, according to the Coastie
spokesman, would not have stood up to that much time
in the water. Another factor was that both fellows
were young, strong guys in their twenties, and another
was, of course, just pure good luck.
The Costies were elated that things
turned out as they did. "We love happy endings,"
one of them said. The wife of one of he men said it
may be a long time before she lets him go off-shore
again, and that "I think we'll just stay on the
lake where we can see the shore."
Contributed by Tyson McLeod in Galveston
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After a few false starts it looks as
if spring has finally arrived up here in northern
Michigan. Mother Nature needed a little help from
the building crew, but the frost is out of the ground
and construction is well under way.
Our building committee has done a fine
job of coordinating the construction process, and,
after advertising for bids, awarded the project to
a number of local contractors and suppliers including
McMaken Construction, Kester Plumbing, Bryner Electric,
Belonga Plumbing, Reichlin Painting, Great Lakes Roofing,
Eastern UP Drywall, and Taylor Lumber. L&L and
Great Lakes Masonry continue to work on the steel
framing and foundation, and Dan Fick is back on the
site to supply additional excavation work. Last, but
certainly not least, Mike Tassier at Thick and Thin
is supplying the cottage style siding for the building.
Thanks to all of you as this project continues to
The website has been updated and improved,
and if you haven’t visited in a while now is
a good time to catch up. The month of April has seen
690 visitors go to www.greatlakesboatbuilding.org.
Our Summer Workshop poster is available in pdf form,
and a printed version is available for mailing to
prospective students. Classes in kayak building, paddle
making, metal casting, marine surveying, half hull
model making, restoration, repair, and boat building
are all on the schedule. Using plans from the Maritime
Museum, professional South Haven boat builder Mike
Kiefer will head a course in August giving students
the hands-on experience of building a 16 foot Chippewa,
a boat native to our area. In September we will have
the privilege of having Rich Kolin at our boat school
to teach students how to build the Heidi skiff. Rich
is a nationally know boat builder, author, and teacher,
and we look forward to having him back as a visiting
instructor during the full-time program.
Materials for the full-time program
can also be found on the school’s website. A
simple but handsome pocket folder is being produced
so that specific course information can be easily
changed and tailored to the individual recipient.
The School is currently running ads
in a number of newspapers and trade magazines, and
response has been strong from people interested in
the summer programs as well as the vocational classes.
Amy Polk has written two more terrific articles in
the paper, and we hope to have more coverage statewide
as the building nears completion. We are also exploring
other promising marketing venues such as Monster.com
which has already generated phone calls about the
boat school. Pat Mahon, Dave Janz, and I will be hosting
several “town hall” presentations around
the area to target additional prospects for the full-time
programs. The first event is scheduled at North Central
Michigan College in Petoskey on May 8, and we are
planning a similar program at LSSU and other surrounding
campuses. We feel that one of the strongest markets
for potential students may include workers seeking
re-training in the skills needed to find work in healthier
businesses such as the boat building industry, and
we are working with Michigan Works! to promote those
I welcome your comments, suggestions,
and input as we move from a “building under
construction phase” to actually holding workshops
and classes. I know that many of you have tremendous
experience in many areas that can benefit the school,
so please don’t hesitate to share that very
valuable asset with us….it’s always welcome
Thanks again, and I’ll see you on campus soon.
Great Lakes Boat Building School
Rotterdam, May 16, 2007
After the worldwide success of the first Ship Simulator
title in 2006, which sold more than 150,000 copies
to date, VSTEP is proud to announce its sequel, Ship
Simulator 2008. Slated for release in the UK and Germany
mid July 2007 and for other countries in September,
the new version contains many often requested features
from the hugely active user community:
1. Three brand new exciting sailing areas: San
Francisco, Southampton/Solent area incl. Cowes,
2. Nine brand new vessels, from pilot boat to supertanker,
including even a massive offshore oil rig
3. User-controlled harbour container cranes
4. Ocean waves, with realistic ship motions
5. Long-distance trips between harbours (open sea
6. Walkthrough option on all ships
7. Interactive bridge controls on all ships
8. Advanced weather system
9. New navigation instruments, including a depth
10. Mid-mission save function
11. Visible damage on ships after a collision
12. Advanced towing, anchoring and mooring rope
13. Complex and challenging missions, like chasing
other ships, container loading, rescue operations
14. Free-roam option: select a ship, a sailing
environment, set the weather and wave conditions,
and start sailing!
Previously announced as Ship Simulator 2007 earlier
this year, the decision to hold back the release the
middle part of the year has prompted the decision
to change the title to Ship Simulator 2008. This also
reiterates the company’s commitment to support
the product with add-ons and new features throughout
Says Pjotr van Schothorst, the game’s producer
and director at VSTEP: “It was great to see
so many people having fun with the first edition of
our game. Not just youngsters liked it, but a large
group of older people, many of them professional sailors,
became almost addicted to the game. I am happy that
our development team was able to address most of the
often requested features, promising an even larger
active user community for the new version.”
Links to the first screenshots and video clips of
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in 2006 in 20 countries and 7 languages and sold
beyond expectation. Its success led to the development
of an add-on pack with 6 additional ships, and a
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