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A John Welsford Houdini Design built by Peter Deck.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chicagoland Pathfinder
After about three years of part-time work, seemingly endless winters and more than a few interruptions, I finally launched my Pathfinder. Here it is!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quick Canoe Electric
A motorised fishing or travelling boat that can be easily cartopped and comes out of three sheets of ply by Michael Storer

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fall Colors Run with the Antique
'It is hard to believe that this article marks five years straight of my monthly offering in these virtual pages'. Rob Rohde-Szudy

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

  • December Letters
  • Monday, November 29, 2010

    Notes From the Boat Palace - The Gift of Little Boats
    This time Jackie writes of gatherings past and future and little boats like Scamp and her new little Kiwi.

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Mark Steele’s Model Yacht Column
    Mark Steele on a wonderful world of small boats.

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

  • December Splash

  • Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Dexterity - A John Welsford Houdini Design
    My youthful sailing experiences led me to the desire to build a boat. Heading toward my mid 60’s and retirement, I thought “I have to do something about this boat build”.

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    2010 North Channel Cruise - Part Two
    This trip included the most harrowing/exhilarating 3.5 miles I ever sailed”. - Joe

    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Boat Trailer Rebuild II Ad Nauseum
    At the request of my adoring hordes of fans (both of them - one is dodgy and the other I give money). I have decided to conclude the trailer rebuild article.

    Friday, November 19, 2010

  • December Reports

  • Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Family Skiff - A Letter
    I finished and launched my Michalak “Family Skiff” last June/July. Take a look.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Eagle 4.6 Power Trimaran
    New Design: The Eagle 4.6 is a sleek, fast powerboat which is very practical for a wide range of activities, yet performs well with only a small engine.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Plans, Manuals and Building
    Ross Lillistone is back with a look at those sometimes problematic building instructions.

    Monday, November 15, 2010

  • December Treasure Chest

  • Friday, November 12, 2010

    Jake with the Extra Legs
    I was reading Trimaran Sailing for those with Disabilities on the Web and thought, there's an idea. This is a great article. Okay, I confess that I'm biased, I wrote it. Mike John

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    The Least Boat: Part Two
    Last time I proposed a design with a flat bottom. While the sides were flared for rowing, still it was a squared pram style boat. Now let's look at lapstrake boats.

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

  • December Webwatch

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Cruising in Linnansaari National Park Finland in an Ocean Explorer
    I had three days to explore Linnansaari National Park in lake Saimaa Finland. Here's the story of my trip.

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Rushton's IGO Canoe
    My name is Dave Gentry, and I've been asked to write a few words about my latest boat, which is my take on J. Henry Rushton's "Igo" Canadian style canoe.

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    Sailing by a Non-Sailor
    This is a story about sailing by a nonsailor and how to make a very simple sail.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    2010 North Channel Cruise - Part One
    I headed out for the Canadian border from the little town of Essex on Lake Champlain at noon on Monday with a growing sense of excitement. The trip was about to start.

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a House
    How we picked our John Welsford Navigator by Wayne Johnson.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    Where We Join Ratty and Mole and Engage In a Messabout!
    Jackie is back with Notes From the Boat Palace. This time - Sail Oklahoma! - Lake Eufaula National Messabout or SOLEMN SAILORS!

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Finding the Bottom (before your motor does)
    This time Rob considers and solves the problem of hitting the bottom in shallow discolored waterways.

    Friday, October 29, 2010

  • November Letters
  • Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Ocean Explorer
    I like exploring new lakes. I built an OzRacer by Michael Storer and liked its performance and handling. During last winter I started to sketch a cruiser version of it.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Poke About
    New Design: Poke About - A stable paddle or motor boat built from one sheet of ply.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Mark Steele’s Model Yacht Column
    Mark Steele on a wonderful world of small boats.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

  • November Splash

  • Friday, October 22, 2010

    Wooden Boat Festival
    The Scuzbums have been participating individually and intermittently in the annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival...but this year we got (somewhat) organized and put a record ten boats on display...

    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    AF3 or How Did I Become a Boatbuilder
    'Some years ago I had to repair my glider and while I was in the internet searching for information of epoxy glue I did find Hannu Vartiala's web site of free boat plans'. That search resulted in a dinghy.

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

  • November Reports

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    Fast Construction Methods
    I tried to see how much of the Quick Canoe I could get done in one day - and quickly found out that slow glue drying determines more about the boatbuilding speed than the design. Michael Storer

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Daytrip to Isle of Axe (Kirvessaari)
    In Autumn 2007 my AF3 did capsize. Here's my story.

    Friday, October 15, 2010

  • November Treasure Chest

  • Thursday, October 14, 2010

    A Simple Beam Balance
    A simple beam balance for accurately mixing epoxy reagents with a note on mixing small amounts by volume.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Building The PDR Goose
    At this writing I have almost completed Michael Storer’s PDR Goose. The hull is complete, the spars are ready for finishing and the foil laminations are ready for profiling.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    The Least Boat: Part One
    Since I've moved into this new apartment...I've been thinking of a statement by a designer, who said, 'A boat that performs well won't be simple to build. The boat that's simple to build won't perform as well.'

    Monday, October 11, 2010

  • November Webwatch

  • Friday, October 8, 2010

    Without a Paddle
    Book Review: Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak by Warren Richey.

    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Seaclipper 16 Trimaran
    I love sailing little boats. I sail on the local lakes as well as the nearby straits. A year ago, I began building a Seaclipper 16 trimaran, designed by John Marples.

    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Tall Ships in Tampa
    Kathie and I trekked down to Tampa Saturday to watch the Tall Ships arrive. Here's what we saw.

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    A 24' classic catamaran design by Richard Woods with cold molded or strip plank round bilge hulls.

    Monday, October 4, 2010

    My Latest Boat - Elegant Punt
    My latest boat is a Bolger Elegant Punt with a lateen sail and dagger board.

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Painting Lettering
    'I don’t know about you, but for me it’s always a bit of a let-down to see a beautifully crafted homebuilt boat with mailbox letters slapped onto it for the registration number'. Here's how to do it better.

    Thursday, September 30, 2010
  • October Letters

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