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 Metric Vs. Imperial
 Chuck, I've seen a number of letters to Duckworks over the years on this subject. I'm not advocating the US adopt one over the other - opinions only get me in trouble. But I'll share an experience. I bought a set of plans from you guys. When I got them, were metric. Dang. So, I bought a metric tape measure. That boat never got built(yet), but I hung onto the tape measure. While working on a PDRacer, I needed to find the center of some part. As you know, so many things must center in boat work. I was trying to divide 79 5/16" in two. "Let's see, half of 79 is 39 1/2. Half of 5/16 is 5/32. Which little mark is that? Who makes anything this small? Where are my glasses? What is 39 1/2 plus 5/32?" I was about to give up and do it on the calculator, when I noticed those little marks on the other side of the blade. 198? Half of 198 is 99.... I've been a metric fan ever since. It makes boat building so easy. Still have to convert to imperial before going to lumberyard, but that's OK. Bill Prater
 Seafever Faux Pas
 Chuck The next time the skipper of "Seafever" checks in tell him to wear his national flag on the starboard quarter not in the secondary and inferior port side. The proper position would be admidship but this is not possible ergo the superior starboard side. YOS - Barry Camp __________________ Garth Replies: Hi Chuck -- LOL. We had to put the flagstaff on the port side as the mizzenmast is on the starboard. I suppose a true patriot would have moved the mizzenmast. . . . All best, Garth
 Flotation
 In boats canoe size and smaller righting and reentering after capsizing is difficult.  It would be much easier if the boat were dry or nearly so when it was righted.  For a canoe that weighs 64 lbs a cubic foot of floatation along both side s would allow the empty boat to float nearly dry when tipped at 90 degrees.  Many small sailboats are built to come up dry when they are righted after capsizing; there is no reason that other small boats shouldn’t be built similarly.  I can’ t be the first person to think of this simple safety issue but it is an idea that hasn’ t been adopted as the correct position for the floatation required in a boat.  I would like to see organizations like your magazine and boat plan store promote it.  Thank you. John Pennucc
 Hatches
 Hi Chuck, In the following article, they mention clear plastic hatches, and they are a brilliant idea. http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/10/projects/kayleigh/index2.htm The actual page referred is the following: http://www.stevproj.com/WidPC.html The above page shows hatches open with a human face behind one which is very helpful to figure out. You may include that particular web address in the above articles. Many thanks as usual. Best regards, Eliot
 New Project
 Great Magazine Chuck. My latest project is an AF4. A long pause between my last boat- Pointy skiff 2003 and this one. Hopefully a summer 2010 launch, I'll keep you posted. This will be used on The I.C.W in St Augustine, Fl. All of my other builds have been Phil Bolgers- Diablo 1990, Pointy skiff 1990/2003, Tortoise 1995, Tennesse 1995-1997, Big Dory sometime in the 90"s. All of those boats were built when I lived on the north Shore of Mass. I had the pleasure of pulling up to Montgomerys" boatyard and seeing Phil and suzanne. We took an impromptu ride in the diablo. I don't know who was more excited-them or me! Phil had never seen a built diablo at that time! His plans had been out for around 13-14 years at that point (around 1995). A good time was had by all. My Tennesse was under construction and I sent photos to them, and promised to bring it by when completed. My Tennessee never made it to Gloucester, we used it in Boston for a couple of years. A divorce and subsequent relocation to Florida got in the way. The boat was sold to an attorney in Miami. I don't know why the boatbuilding bug was suddenly renewed, but I do enjoy it. My AF4 is made of single side MDO, 3/8 and 1/2 inch. I will epoxy seams and the bottom when I get home next. My job is as Captain on a 151' ocean going salvage tug in N.Y. A 28 day on/off schedule leaves me time to putter with such projects. Jack Curley
 Thanks
 Chuck Thank you for your post on Ilur! Kind regards -- François Vivier Architecte Naval 7 avenue des Courtils - 44380 Pornichet - France Tel : 33 (0)2 28 54 97 86 - Mobile : 33 (0) 6 74 54 18 60 E-mail : francois@vivier.info Internet (français) : www.francois.vivier.info Internet (English) : www.vivierboats.com
 Hi Chuck - I'm Dave Gentry. I'm hoping that you'll post an announcement on your website for us - we are organizing the first (ever) Colorado messabout, for builders in CO, WY, NM, etc. A quick blurb on your site could help root out some more builders - there are a lot of us around here, but no one knows anybody else! Anyway, thanks, if you can! Dave Here's the announcement: ------------ Hello Rocky Mountain area boat builders - you are not alone! In fact, there are lots of us spread out over CO, WY, and NM! So, we are getting together for the first annual Front Range Messabout, and everyone is welcome! Saturday June 19th - 10:00 AM Boyd Lake State Park, in Loveland, CO (just S of Ft. Collins). http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/BoydLake/Pages/BoydLakeHome.aspx We'll show off our boats, do some networking, possibly learn some things, and do some paddling or rowing or sailing together. It'll be low key, fun and friendly. We'll have a little cookout (potluck), maybe some demos, and generally have a good time. There's camping available - if you're interested, reserve a spot early. Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and powerboats are all welcome! For questions or comments, contact Dave Gentry Traveller1719@yahoo.com
 We are fine in Oklahoma
 May
 Trouble on the Border
 First Grandchild
 First Grand child born today. I got this from Paul and thought as sailors you might get a kick out of it! - Bill Moffitt One of the first things I told D'Arcy was that I promised to teach her how to sail and build a boat. Later, I got some Chinese food and when I got to the fortune cookie I told D'Arcy that this was her first fortune and opened it. I kid you not, this is what it reads: "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why ships are built."  Paul Moffitt
 A Real Voyage
 Chuck, Saw a bit in April Webwatch about Garth Battsta's Miami-Bahamas-Keys adventure in his Michalak Comorant, and noted that Nels says he believes "This .. is the first instance of a Michalak design going off on a real voyage..." Jim's little 15.5 foot AF4b is also capable of extended cruising, having completed a round trip from The Delaware River, South to the Gulf of Mexico, and back up to the Hudson River; 3500+miles- all on her own flat bottom. She's currently being re-fitted for an expedition North into Canada this Spring. I don't mean to sound churlish. Braving the Gulf Stream for the 50 or so miles to Bimini in a small boat is a noteworthy feat - I once had to turn back in a 40 ft. Colin Archer and would think long and hard before attempting it in the AF4b. Rene
 British Warships
 Hi, Chuck. In line with today's (12APR2010) entry in Duckworks Our Young Navy, you and Paul Austin might be interested in this news from Cape Cod. The remains of a British Warship from the 1770's have been uncovered on a beach near Provincetown.The HMS Somerset was part of the British fleet in Boston in 1775. One of the articles is here. Thanks for Duckworks! "It's the stuff dreams are made of ..." Paul Windt
 EC22 Blog
 Hi Chuck, I have been building an EC 22 cat ketch designed by Graham Byrnes. I started building about a year ago and have been recording my progress on a blog. I have been documenting the build so friends and family could see what I am up to. If you think it would be of interest to visiters of your site I would be pleased to have a link to my blog at Duckworks. http://sundogboatbuilding.blogspot.com/ Joe Anderson
 Whaleboat Thoughts
 Hi Chuck - are you well? I thought Craig Hohm's project to build a whaleboat for the Finger Lakes is tremendous - I've posted on rowingforpleasure with one of the pics from Duckworks, I hope you don't mind. All best, Chris Partridge
 Project Bluestone
 Teddy Bear Pictures AWOL
 Hello Chuck, Are we missing some pop-up pictures of two Teddy bears' tour Some pets enjoy more quality time than me... Best regards, Eliot Thanks for letting us know about that one, Eliot, the bears are all accounted for now - Chuck
 Thanks to Max
 I just wanted to say thanks to Max for his article on the 25hp Big Twin. I bought one last fall and worked on it all winter off and on. Max's article helped me to refurbish mine thanks to his step by step instructions. Thanks again. Ed Wymer. Ellwood City Pa.
 Laguna 14?
 Good Morning Chuck, Thanks for includung my Mayfly 14 in the Splash, however its mistitled as a Laguna. Thanks Scott Sorry about that, Scott - the error has been corrected - Chuck
 April
 Watch Out
 After I bought the Dennis ts 500 I did some research into this boat and found that the glue that they glued the hull and deck together has asbestos in it. I think the practice was wide spread for the time so I thought you might place a warning on your site. Please check out the Dennis sites to confirm for yourself. Drilling into these places might cause some displeasure in the future. Cheers, Stewart
 WIFI for Boats
 Hi Chuck and Sandra! I just checked the website of a friend of mine - she and her husband are sailing the Caribbean in their 35 ft. catamaran. They created a long range marine and RV wireless system called The Wirie (their boat is named the Irie) and I thought you might be interested in potentially carrying this in your online store. Just trying to help some mutual friends out! love and hugs, Jen
 PDR #381
 Hi Chuck, Dont know who else to vent to so you get it. do with this what ever you want. i went for a sail today!! it was great to be on the water after this long winter!!!!!! BUT it was the first time i got #381 in the water. i should have got some pics for splash at the dock but i was too fired up to get at it, there is time later i thought. i am a self taught sailer and i am NOT a very good teacher. i learned some stuff today. i will be counting my pennys and putting in an order soon. i learned not to fudge on hardware, it aint worth it. i learned if it aint right at the dock it sure wont get any better out on the water!! i learned no matter how bad you want or need to sail into the wind it just aint going to happen!! my rudder was not mounted up right so it kind of laid over at an angle ( not good ) i did get some fast runs, enough to make the leeboard hum, then the clamp that held the leeboard in place broke and broke BIG. (i had it rigged so i could move it fore and aft as needed to figure out the trim for the sail) the only thing to do was drop all sail pull up rudder and paddle 1/2 mile into the wind to get back to the dock. i still had fun though. i want to make the TX200 so bad i can taste it, i hope i aint one of the greenhorns that need to be rescued all the time if i do get to come down. P.S. i am building # 405 as we speak!!! love your site i am on it 2 or 3 times every day. Gene
 David Luckenbach
 I was saddened to hear that David Luckenbach of www.sailingtexas.com passed away. Maybe some of you knew this but I just found out today, his website and Duckworks are two sites that I go to almost everyday to get my sailing fix. A few minutes on these two websites everyday has made my workday a little more tolerable. David has over the past several years created one of the best collections of sailboat picures and information available anywhere, that along with his FREE sailboat for sale ads. He will truly be missed by the sailing community all over the world. Fairwinds David,, you will be missed, Bobby Chilek
 Harvey Golden
 Hi Chuck - - Duckworks readers might be interested in Harvey Golden’s website www.traditionalkayaks.com in which he details his explorations of traditional kayak design. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Harvey speak at the Small Boat Conference March 6th hosted by the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria OR. http://crmm.org/ (I'm preparing an article for you now regarding the conference, which was focused on identification, recording and preservation of traditional boats of the Pacific Northwest). I was thoroughly impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm for exploring the broad range of traditional kayak designs from around the world. Harvey keeps half of the nearly 50 boats he’s built in his house, and the other half in a storage facility; he lives immersed in the boats and cultures he is exploring. Pete Leenhouts
 Close Encounter
 What a joy it was to find the link, in the April Webwatch, to the Japanese sailor Masato's story. It is an inspiration to us all and the pleasures, dramas, dangers and triumphs are told in the simple and charmingly error-strewn English of a non-native speaker, which adds to, rather than detracts from, the power of the narrative. Many a lump was brought to my throat by the descriptions of some of the people he came across who helped him, his wife who must be every boatie's dream woman, not to mention the pirates and others who were less helpful. Back in late '92 or early '93 I was returning to my mooring in Putiki Bay on Waiheke Island in New Zealand, in my newly acquired 23' trailer sailer. It had been one of my first solo day sails and I had been trying to perfect the art of picking up the mooring buoy under sail alone. On this occasion wind and tide were in my favour and I was all set for a flawless manoeuvre when I noticed a rather shabby little yacht on an adjacent, usually unoccupied, mooring. It was swung in the direction of my mooring and preventing me from making the required approach. I cursed, mildly, and hurriedly engaged the outboard. On closer inspection I had been a bit unfair to think the boat shabby. It was a pretty little wooden craft, and well salty. It turned out that the boat was Hope11, and I enjoyed a fleeting acquaintance with Masato and was very soon in awe of his achievements of which he spoke with great modesty. I signed the book in which he was collecting the names of all the people he came across on his travels and a couple of days later he slipped anchor and continued on his way. I had often wondered what became of him, and now I know that he completed the circumnavigation. The website seems to have been created in 1998. I wonder where he is now. Thanks to Dale and Chuck for making this great story available to all Deek
 Webwatch too Big
 The web watch is too big, too many good links, interferes with my work... but don't stop. Reed
 Congrats
 Congrats, Mike and Andrew! Tom and Jackie's reports sometimes made me feel exhausted, even though here I was sitting in my chair at home. Thanks so much for "play-by-play" updates. We all enjoyed them. Frank
 Kayaking for Backpacks
 Just Right
 Hi Chuck! Justin's fantastic website on building his Jacques Merten-designed and trailerable Vagabond-20 Just Right is hiding in plain sight at the end of his recent Duckworks-featured article March 12th 2010 on building Joe Dobler's little dinghy Pepita. Justin may have built Just Right more than a couple of years ago, but his website, pictures and descriptions of his decison-making process, how he picked the design, how he built and equipped the boat are clear and extremely informative. An added bonus are his cruise and trailering reports from many of his trips with his boat. I've picked up all kind of useful building and painting tips from Justin's experience. Perhaps he could be convinced to write a summary of his experience with Just Right for Duckworks? I think it would be a great article! Sincerely, Pete Leenhouts
 A Laguna Story
 More Metric Mullings
 I was reading the letters column the other day and saw that some people have a problem with metric. Metric is nothing more than a system of measurement. It might seem confusing initially because it is not what we are used to, but any measuring system is nothing more than a group of equal units (in the case of imperial measurement the units are inches, feet and yards) that we use a measuring devise to count, as in 17 inches. Metric does exactly the same thing using different units (millimetres, centimetres, metres). If your plan is metric and calls for 127cm, find 127cm on your metric tape and there you are(it´s about the same as 50 inches). So basically what I´m saying is not to worry about what scale your plans are in, you just get a measuring devise for that scale and you´re away. The nice thing about metric is that it is a decimal system (based on units of ten) just like our counting system is decimal, so to change from one unit to another you just move a decimal point, for example 1,357 millimetres is 135.7 centimetres or 13.57 decimetres or 1.357 metres, no fractions, no 12 (inches to a foot) of these and 3 (feet to a yard) of these and fifteen-sixteenths of those. If you try metric, you´ll probably get to like it. I sure do. Luis
 Building Kayleigh
 Well, Chuck, that article makes me feel like a piker. It's well written with lots of pics and shows thought and ....holy cow, I feel so inadequate actually having a boat built! A great article by an Oregonian. Rich Green
 Lateens
 Paul Austin makes some intriguing observations of lateen sail tacking in the second part of his February 11 column "With Winter Comes Thoughts of Building". It seems that the equilateral triangular sail of the first scheme must at some point of its rotation excitingly present orthogonal to the wind. For a lateen tacked before the mast, the second scheme, Paul writes "Each side will have two lines: one to pull the sail around and one to tie it off." I'm not sure four lines attached to the clew are required, but I may be missing something of the plan. As I understand things it usually works pretty much like the Beer non-dipping lugsail, as discussed here a while ago, in that only one sheet is required from each side of the clew. Richard Carson was a boatie and professional seaman for many years and so was able to pay lots of attention to the many different types of small boats he encountered all over the world. Much of that before easy power options too. He wrote many striking articles for MAIB. In paras 3 to 6 of "Dream Boats: The Splendidly Simple & Versatile (And very much misunderstood) Split-lug" (September 1, 2000) he wrote of his first encounter a with type of small boat lateen rig seen in the eastern Med, on the Nile, and way down the seaboard and lakes of east Africa. At first befuddled he figured it out, then he "chartered one of these craft, My hands-on experience proved me right, single-handing a thirty footer and putting it thru every possible maneuver, was a blast, or rather a breeze. I found the boat most responsive, the rig highly efficient, and the combination an utter delight." Earlier in "DreamBoats: The Handling of the Lugsail" (February 15, 2000) he wrote about his epiphanic encounter with difference. He explained how the rig was tacked, provided diagrams, and touches on the Beer Luggers of England. He calls the lateen, or perhaps just this type, an "Arabian Lug". I believe this could've been due to his existing familiarity with the English south coast luggers similar tacking manouvre, or he may have been making a general point though that lugs and others rigs arose from lateens. It beats me as to why small boats further west in the Med region reportedly don't rig their loose-footed lateens this way... Graeme
 Tip For Easy Sail Rig
 The best way to get your sail rig finished quickly and painlessly is to explain to your wife that it will take you four months to build the rig from lumber or you could buy it from Shaw & Tenney with a single phone call. It helps to have strategically started your sailboat build in the living room and then drawn it out over four years. Jim et al
 Hartley Heartache
 Hello, I recently had some email correspondence with Hartley Boats and one of the their plan sets. Below is part of the last email, and their comments about Clark Craft. It is probably something you might already know but I thought I'd send it in case you don't. Might be of interest to some of your readers. /The first is that you have not paid us the Royalty on the plans as you purchased them from an unauthorised source and it would be copyright fraud to attempt to build from them. Clark Craft are not agents and have not been for almost 20 years, but appear to use old master drawings from the time back when they were agents. We have had many complaints about their business activities and dealings with customers over the years. / Ralph My website which includes pictures of the dinghies I built
 March
 Correction
 Chuck, if you can, please replace the link for the watercolors in your March Reports with this one. Apparently the other one only allowed access to one picture. This one should link to the whole album. Stacy Smith
 Jagular
 Chuck, I know everyone else has probably already commented, but I really loved the article Jagular Goes South. Tom must be an amazing guy to have all that trouble and still keep his sense of humor about the situation. I especially enjoyed his comments about the puddle duckers lounging around in their little boxes. I'm glad he took the time to write his experiences down. Excellent article! Paul Cook
 Hi Chuck and Sandra -- We're planning on leaving February 14 to trailer the boat to Miami and sail across to the Bahamas. I've started keeping a blog about our preparations, and once we're sailing we hope to update it every day or two with a little bit of news, and maybe photos if the satellite phone (very slow) can manage it. Anyway, you can use this site to check in now and then to see our progress. http://blog.mailasail.com/seafever I was just thinking about how this trip all started. I think it was a mention of "Messing About in Boats" in the zine "Out Your Backdoor" back in 1997 or so . . . and then I read Robb White's tin canoe article and that lit a flame that has never been quenched -- build you own boat and all that matters is if it floats. In short order I found Duckworks and the Bolger listserv (before it moved to Yahoo), and Jim Michalak. And then I built a lot of small craft -- a Gypsy and two Mouseboats and Toto and Larsboat and Mayfly and Piragua . . . and then it dawned on me that we really needed something big enough for the whole family to sleep aboard so we could go to the sea for longer than a daytrip. So the Cormorant was born. And we have had five deliriously happy summers sailing her all along the northeast coast of the US . . . and now we're about to go to the Bahamas. Funny how things happen. All best, Garth Battista
 I enjoyed Rob's article but wanted to add a few things to what he wrote. The first thing is to not use your hand to power the chisel. The chisel will never stop where you want it to. Always use a mallet or something to drive the chisel and use your hand to control how the chisel cuts. That way when the mallet stops, the chisel stops. If deep cuts are to be made, the line that is being cut to can be "stabbed in" instead of using a utility knife to score a line. The chisel is held vertically and is driven down to the the depth required, or in increments if it's a deep hole. The chisel is then used to removed wood incrementally by driving it towards the line. A chisel is almost always used with the bevel down so that depth of cut can be controlled by rocking the chisel on it's "heel". This is done by raising and lowering the handle while driving the chisel. If you think of the cutting edge of a chisel as an angle or V, the wood that is to be removed should always be against the face of the angle that is raised away from the wood that you want to keep. Lastly, you always want to cut through the grain when cutting with the grain. Attention to the grain's direction will need to be watched and if you find that you are no longer cutting through the grain, change directions and cut the opposite direction. This will keep the grain from splitting out while wood is being removed. If your chisel is kept sharp enough to cut cleanly across end grain with out tearing, you shouldn't have any problems making clean cuts. I want to apologize for the lack of drawings that could illustrate what I'm saying better, but I'm not that computer savvy and am writing this during lunch. Dave
 All's fine in Finland
 Hi Chuck - Thanks for the editing and embedding the videos in the Raid Finland Article. I sent the link to several people, and have had nice feedback. Wojtek Baginski was particularly complementary. Norm
 Florida 120 Fan
 I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this article. Makes me want to sign up and go on the next one. I hope this and similar trips will be regular events. C
 Down with Down to the Sea
 Marvelous writing! (Down to the Sea in Ships) The solitary tone and the interior thoughts make it very dramatic. I can identify with Fort Wayne as a boating place, having seen (from the bridges) the rivers and islands that should make it a great place to explore. The reference to no place to boat seems stretched. Actually, given a bit of transport, the northern part of Indiana has a host of small lakes. I remember Chain of Lakes State Park as being a fascinating place for canoes and, I would assume, small boats. On the other hand, if going on down the St Lawrence is the dream, the boat may be too small! It brings to mind "Scuffy the Tugboat"--one of my childhood favorites--where this willful toy boat floats through cow pastures, past cities, and is only rescued as he is about to be swept out into the sea. Before you reach the sea you may want to build something bigger. Still, it makes a great dream! Tom
 Caroline
 I was intrigued with the building of "Caroline" in today's Duckworks. As always, this is my window to sanity and great pleasure! Regards, Ron
 Loves the Land sailing
 Chuck - loved the enthusiasm evident in Dave Farmer's land sailing article this morning - what a blast - almost made me want to get on down to Utah next March (can't make it this year) to try it out! Please tell him "great job" and lets hear more from time to time! s/Pete Leenhouts sopping wet Port Ludlow WA
 Sailing Guide
 Chuck Jay does not 'do' credit, but here is a good link for his book. Note the layout to Army Hole. Judging by this he's done his homework and then some. http://texascruisingguide.weebly.com/ John N. "Noël" Nicholls
 Boat Festival
 What we’re doing, myself and area resident Gary Blum, is just putting together a very informal gathering of wooden boats in conjunction with our annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival. There’ll be no entry fee, no judging, maybe some prizes for fun, but mostly just a get-together to show off our boats to the general public and mingle with other boat owners and builders. Gary and I conceived the idea as an extra attraction to the festival, and thought it might be something that could grow over time. Here's a link to the festival itself: There’ll be bulkhead docking available, or trailered boats can be parked beside the bayou on a grassy area are on the street, which will be closed for the festival. Adequate bumpers will be needed for bayou docking, as the waterway tends to be busy on festival weekend, but not horribly bad. We are only holding the show that Saturday. There is one small boat landing a few hundred yards upstream from the festival grounds that has limited parking, we we’ll need to know how many are coming by April 1 in order to make arrangements where necessary. I am currently determining the condition of that landing to be sure it is in good enough shape before we let anyone put down there. If not, we’ll make other arrangements. There’ll be plenty food and drink at the festival vendors section, and Gary and I might throw something on the grill or something. Franklin is a very small town, only 8,500 people, and not very close to anything...an hour from Lafayette, two hours from New Orleans. But we are in the heart of the Atchafalaya River basin, the best part of the "Sportsman's Paradise" that Louisiana claims. If you could pass the news along, anyone interested in participating can reach me at the Banner-Tribune in Franklin, 337 828 3706, or by email, Anything else you need to know, don't hesitate to contact me back, Thanks, Roger Stouff
 Philipine boat building
 Regarding the suggestion (Treasure Chest) to use old battery-powered electric drills wired directly to a boat's electrical supply: People who try this should be cautioned to watch the drill battery polarity. Simple, non-variable-speed drills won't care if the polarity is reversed (except they will run backwards), but reversed polarity on a variable-speed drill will burn out its speed control circuitry. At best, it will still work, but will no longer be variable speed. Repairing the damage is not complicated but does require scraping up the right parts. Take it from one who knows, and who now has a really nice 12 volt non-variable-speed drill. Regards, Chris J
 The construction appears to be the late maib Monfort's geodesic aerolite. See www.gaboats.com. -- William R Watt
 Another Guess
 Chuck~ Love yer site.  Check it daily and have built 6 boats using tips for you and your writers.  The mystery boat looks a lot like the geodesic airoLITE boat 'Black Fly' .  I built one in my hotel room on a TDY.  It is shy of 8', 4 foot beam, dacron skin, and weighs 30 lbs.  It does indeed row and sail.  He has many other designs...very easy to build, very light and strong....but watch for pointy things.  http://www.gaboats.com/ ~Jerry
 More on Metric
 chuck, boat plans shouldn`t be in metric!!!!! we live in the us, not overseas. i'll never buy plans that are in metric. sounds like its a ploy to sell metric sticks and tapemeasures! i built my pdr from info i got off the web. lucky for me because i would not have built it with metric plans. people really dont like being forced into things like metric. don
 February
 Profile
 Hey Chuck, The Mary Agnes entry in your last Splash was very nice. Thanks and thank you for including my profile.  I am very proud that I was able to do what I did in WW2. I came out of it without a scratch, only thing that happened is I am deaf from it.  Small price compared to what others got.  Tnx, T.Bone
 Big Fish
 Dear Chuck: After reading your wonderful composition on my efforts with building Father Browne the fishing boat, one of th efishing partners of Father Browne, the fisherman, sent me this picture of th efisherman with a big fish and a big smile. Thanks again, Fred Night
 The level of literature
 Chuck:  I consider my account of the Texas 200 in Messing About In Boats to be plodding amateur journalism at best, but I write to express my appreciation and wonder at the amazing stuff appearing in Duckworks “What’s New” by Paul Austin and Tom Pamperin.  I think “Jagular Goes South” and “Ducks Conquer All” rise to the level of literature.  No joke. The photos and videos posted last summer were useful for solidifying the event in our memories, and sharing the same with those who were not there.  But this essay and poem carry an even more meaningful punch. Thank you to the talented authors, speaking as one who knows that what they have done ain’t easy.  It’s a remarkable thing in itself that the Texas 200 experience was so powerful that it has inspired some to try to express its meaning and impact. --Kim Apel
 Small World Dept.
 Chuck, Watch out, the New York Times is now publishing articles by boat builders. I hope, for your and all our sakes, that this isn't becoming a regular feature or popular among other main stream media, possibly encouraging people to build boats instead of watching 3D television, causing severe shortages of plywood and other boat building supplies, clogging of water ways, a boat building cable channel, boat building movies staring Jennifer Lopez and Jim Michalak, Rush Limbaugh railing against boat building commies, boat builder lobbyists in DC, a "sawdust" third party, wall street involvement, a boat building bubble, like clockwork followed by another recession and thousands of unfinished boats across the country. Worse, it could lead to such an increase in your business, you wouldn't have time to take a boat out anymore. Let's just hope none of this happens. Gottfried Kloimwieder I thought Larry Cheek might enjoy Gottfried's letter, so I forwarded it. Here is Larry's reply - Chuck Thanks, Chuck, I had a good laugh. Also got a heap of letters from all over the country (and Europe), including several from unemployed (or nearly so) people like me who were also building boats. The heartbreaking one was from a guy who sent a photo of a gorgeous 19' Simmons Sea Skiff-in-the-making. Said he'd have to sell it as soon as he was finished to pay the bills. Larry Cheek http://www.lawrencewcheek.com
 Fun with Skillsaws
 Hi Chuck I cut my sides out using a skill saw for the first time and I don't know what I was stressed about. It went well and I have nice fair curves. Much easier than a jig saw.  I stapled the sheets together with a staple gun and they did not move. I used saw horses and put old pine on top as rails. I marked the first chine, cut the sheet in half longitudinally and cut both sides at once. I clamped them together to move them. I'm excited. I'm addicted. There is an AA (alcoholics anonymous) but is there a BB? Well at least I don't drink or smoke. Got to have some vices. Mike
 Metric?
 Hi Chuck. I first wish to say that I very much enjoy Duckworks. Great Job. I finally broke down and bought a set of PDR plans tonight and I a bit concerned. I am a feet and inches kinda guy and these darn things are all metric. I find myself reading over them and not being able to visualize what is going on. Did I boo boo when I ordered? Is there a inch standard set available? I guess I can go over them and convert everything but that doesn't sound like much fun to me. Any ideas? Thanks, Mel Mel: There are currently no Imperial plans available for the OZ PDRacer. Probably half the plans we sell are metric. That is why we sell four different metric tape measures and a meter stick. But the dirty little secret is that it is easier to build with metric than with feet and inches - and it only takes about a day to get used to the system. It is that easy. Try it, you'll like it. This would be a good boat to learn the system on. My first metric boat was a Welsford Rifleman - I survived and you will too. Chuck Chuck, I am feeling a little sheepish here. After I sent that Email I sat down in my comfy chair and read the plans word for word. I don't think this will be a major problem anymore. Also, you were absolutely clear in the description that they are metric plans. In the old days (before Email) I would have taken the time to really look at the plans before sending a letter, thus saving myself the embarrassment of getting the cart in front of the horse. I would throw this friggen computer out but then I would miss my daily Duckworks fix. Thanks, Mel
 January
 Old Sails
 Hello, I recycle old sails to help keep them out of the landfills. I see you deal with a lot of tanbark and I was wondering if you run across any situations where you are building new sails and the customer is going to throw away the old ones. If so, we would love to recycle them. We would gladly pay for shipping. Let me know if you are interested in recycling these old treasures. Thank you, Penny Sea Fever Gear -- Sea Fever Gear - real sails, real recycling and real value.
 More Trekka Info
 Hi, I saw the letter posted last month about Trekka and thought I could provide some more information on the issue. Trekka was refitted from a static museum exhibit to seagoing condition several years back, and remains so to this day. She is usually stored ashore under cover and is put in the water for the annual Classic Boat Festival (http://www.classicboatfestival.ca/). This past year I was asked to skipper her to and from the festival and did so - I was going to take her out for the festival sailpast but that got cancelled due to poor weather conditions. She's a lovely little boat, and gives the feeling of something very carefully designed and built. The mall exhibition was, as far as I know, an attempt to celebrate Trekka's and John Guzzwell's accomplishments and to allow people to see a boat that was otherwise unavailable for public viewing. I helped remove the keel and rudder - the keel is attached to two flanges along the bottom of the hull with a number of transverse bolts. I can't entirely tell from the photos posted in the article, but it appears that the mizzen is stepped along with some temporary placeholder for the mainmast. The writer is probably correct in his reasoning that the mainmast was not stepped due to height limits. The rig is still complete, and very much in sailing condition. Thanks for continuing to provide such a great magazine/store and general boatbuilding resource, Andrew Barclay