items to email@example.com
for inclusion here next month.
Sparrow Progress Photo
Here is a progress photo on the current boat - Sparrow
- 42 hours into the project.
Attached are a couple of other progress pix - this
has to be the visual low point for a stitch & glue boat but
structurally, I think, a high point!
"Discovery" is a boat I just finished designing and
will be built next fall.
I think I need a little help and guidance as I progress
through my first boat ownership. Living in the Pacific NW there
is lots of water to play on. I have never owned a boat but always
wanted one. (Four years in the navy, three tours to Vet Nam) go
figure. Now an adventure finding out what the boat, motor and
trailer are, and restoring it; and sharing in some family adventures.
I was offered the boat and trailer combination for free, just
a get it off the property kind of a deal. It had been sitting
in a back yard corner for over 7 years. I sent pictures to my
son, he came and looked and we agreed to take on this project
Towing the boat home, a flat tire, so the boat was left beside
the road, A trip to get tires, 2 new tires and rims, cost $120.00
and on top of that when we returned to the boat we found that
a smaller trolling motor was taken from the boat while we were
gone. So much for a "free" boat project. I did some
research and believe the trailer is a Tee Nee trailer, but I cant
find any decals or a model identification plate I am still researching
the Mercury motor and the boat itself. All of the motor is there,
and it spins over freely when the pulley rope is pulled I contacted
the Snap On web site and they have no information about any boats
built for them, but as you see, the snap-on logo is on both sides,
original to the boat. The boat hull is in good shape, but the
plywood needs replacing If anyone has any information about the
boat, motor and trailer we would appreciate the help and guidance
we can get. Attached are pictures of the boat and trailer set
up. I will start a project
photo album and share progress on this "free"
Thanks very much
P.S The boat turns out to be a 1959 15 1/2 ft fiberglass
hull made by Kennis according to Oregon Dept of Motor Vehicles.
My son and I cannot find any info so far on Kennis as a boat manufacturer.
Please reply on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dwforum/
Hey Folks! Spread the word!
We (Steve Bosquette and Bob Throne) need your input .. we'd like
to see your boat, sail with you - and maybe swap tillers, and
swap ideas, stories, and boating yarns .. preferably over a good
meal (potluck) by the water.
So we've started a Yahoo Group hoping we can put together a good
time in 2011. It is described as:
"Information about and for people who want to gather to
"mess about" in boats .. sailboats, powerboats, canoe
& kayak .. home built or manufactured .. 6' to 25 -35'.
Two were held in 08' and 09' at Hawk Island Marina, on the Rancocas
just off the Delaware River north of Philadelphia. We had a great
time and there are write-ups on Duckworks magazine online.
But there was no beach and limited camping, and couldn't find
a better location for 2010. ... SO ...
1 - do you know of a venue with ramp, beach and campground say
between northern Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania or southern
2 - are you interested and would you like to come?
3 - What time of year would you suggest .. avoiding the Michalak
Rend Lake Messabout Fathers Day, the Texas 200, and the Mid-Atlantic
Small Craft festival in the Fall?"
Here's the url: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EasternMessabout
(My boat is a self-designed "Wanderer" - 15' x 6'9'
pocket cruiser, yawl rigged launched in 07' (balanced lug planned
for next season.)
(Steve has built more than a dozen, of which a Bolger Sneakeasy
has been his favorite .. he's design something new for next season.)
Ocean Explorer II, Sort of
I've been a fan of Duckworks for a while now, and
I've purchased plans and daydreamed about building small boats
for longer than I'd like to admit, so I just decided to start
one. I've attached two photos of the build and a bit about what
the heck it is. Thanks so much for considering my little build
for inclusion in Duckworks.
So after way too many hours looking at boats and daydreaming
about boats and talking about boats I decided to grab some plywood
and a saw and go at it. I chose to build a modified Ocean Explorer,
designed by the talented Perttu Korhonen. His boat is so well
thought out and will allow for an overnight or two, and other
than the off-center opening and lack of swinging centerboard (we
have loads of shallows around Alabama) it was perfect. After looking
over photos of his build I decided to go at it, planning as I
build, and with a little luck come spring I'll have an Ocean Explorer
with that off-center swinging centerboard, a centered companionway
(probably two storm boards that simply slide in place) and just
enough room to take my little ones for a sail. I haven't finalized
it yet but I'm thinking of naming her in honor of the original
designer. How's "Perttu's Revenge" sound? And Perttu,
I haven't actually purchased your plans yet, but I promise I will.
I have a feeling after I get the bottom on I'm going to need some
Eddie Burkhalter - News Editor/Staff Reporter The Piedmont Journal
In 1958, my dad (Donald McGinnis) had plans for a houseboat published
in Boats Today, by Universal Motors in Oshkosh WI. We found a
copy of the catalog, but my dad's plans were missing. We'd sure
like to find another copy of the boat plan book with his plans
intact. Have you any ideas for us? The company was bought by the
Nash company and by the Crouch company which I plan to call, but
I don't have much hope for success down that road.
Thanks, Pat Baganz
Please post answers to the Duckworks forum at:
Classic Yacht Magazine's Annual Gift Guide is Here
I'd like to remind you to enjoy the November/December 2010 issue
of Classic Yacht by clicking here:
We've got great video, photos and news from around the yachting
world, including full coverage of the remarkable Warner Collection
auction recently held in Minnesota, where 126 classic wooden boats
were sold at no reserve. And be sure to read the story of Far
Niente, the first Feadship and a piece of floating history. Our
annual Christmas Gift Guide is in this issue, so forward this
to everyone who thinks you've been good. There are gifts in here
at all price ranges, from a custom Classic Yacht magazine cover
with your boat on it to Trumpy yacht charters. And don't miss
the amazing video of what happened once a fire broke out aboard
a classic Bertram loaded with ammunition.
There's more. Lew Barrett offers an insightful take on painting
a wooden yacht. We document the history of the Chris Craft Cobra.
And there's so much more in this issue. As always, the PDF file
is available for printing or reading offline. And it's still free!
We welcome your input. Feel free to contact us with your take
on the magazine or to tell us about a great story we can share
with our readers in a future issue. Tell your friends that their
free subscriptions to Classic Yacht await them at classicyachtmag.com.
Classic Yacht magazine
February 2011 Welding Workshop at the
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is offering a workshop
for beginner and intermediate welders during the month of February.
The workshop is designed to teach new techniques and to improve
ones already learned. Taught by experienced instructor and welder
Lisa Walsh, she will patiently guide you through projects to teach
new skills, or on your own creative personal projects. Personal
could include art sculptures, garden sculptures, furniture, or
you can imagine. Classes are conveniently held on Saturday mornings,
from 9 a.m. to noon, from February 5th-26th. All ages, backgrounds,
and experience levels are invited. The course takes place at the
built welding shop at the Boat School in Port Hadlock. All equipment
and materials are provided to do stick, mig, and tig welding methods
and fabrication. The tuition for the course is $150. Call the
to enroll or for more information at 360-385-4948, ext. 300 or
visit our website: nwboatschool.org.
The lofting of the scale scow began on Saturday. The main lines
are down and one frame station is done. We will begin building
the ladder frame and some boat frames this week. We would like
to start the rigging at the same time. It will involve making
the spars, model blocks, simple sails, and rigging details. It
would be great to have a couple of builder's working on this with
one taking the lead. Please let us know if you have interest.
The punt has been in the water a few days and seems to be sealing
up well. We'll have a better idea in a few more days.
Check out the treadle scroll saw Mike built and donated to CRBB.
It is beautiful and works great. We are now on the FACEBOOK
,Got to keep up with the times. Find it, friend it, make it grow.
For those of you who are considering a trip to Brisbane,
Australia for the Brisbane
to Gladstone Yacht race (or for any reason at any time of year),
consider using Veolia
Transport to and from the airport. It's a great service.
Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the
Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race by Rob Mundle, 1998.
I recently visited my parents in Brisbane, Australia.
Suffice to say, I needed something to occupy myself between breakfast,
morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (including dessert).
A copy of fatal storm was on the coffee table, so I picked it
up and started reading. The book was quite a surprise in what
I learnt from it. The story is about the Sydney
to Hobart Yacht Race in 1998. This was the race where
it all went a bit wrong. The weather was extraordinary.
The story begins with an introduction to the key boats and sailors.
(I did skim through this a bit being impatient for the storm,
but I wish I had not.) Mundle points out that he avoids much of
the controversy of the race and gets to the point of the book
- the experiences of the crews based on interviews and other material.
As the boats were heading for Bass
Straight, a low developed in Bass Straight and the
winds were cataclysmic. Some winds speeds were reported to be
around 90 knots during the race. A rescue helicopter was doing
60 knots into the wind and achieving a ground speed of 10 knots.
With the harsh westerly winds behind them, the helicopters were
doing 200 knots towards the vessels in trouble (being careful
not to spoil the book with too much information here but it was
big trouble.) One helicopter was hovering at 100 feet and moved
to 150 feet to go over a wave they spotted. The wave passed 10
feet below the helicopter.
This read is gripping. What did I learn? I learnt I need to know
how to set off a flare, before a race. Never wear your water triggered
inflating life jacket under your wet weather gear unless you have
a knife to stab yourself in the chest to avoid a crushing injury.
A hull can get holed, but a mast breaking off when it hits the
water in a knockdown damages the cabin top allowing lots and lots
of water to enter as the waves break over the boat and this can
be just as bad as a hole in the hull. (This problem happened to
more than one boat as cabin tops are weaker than hulls in many
boats.) Fibreglass will delaminate in tortured conditions. The
list could go on.
There are many lessons in this book. Learn from those who went
through the turmoil and the nine who did not make it back. Do
not read it in front of other people on a cruise. (Thank you to
the guy who was reading an article in a newspaper on aircraft
engines catching fire in front of me while we were in an airplane
thousands of feet above the ground in northern NSW.)
has a copy or two. I'm sending Chuck a copy. Don't tell him, it
will spoil the surprise. If he brings it to the Texas
200, toss it overboard.
Beachcruising Trip to Corio Bay (North
of Rocky (Rockhamption, Qld, Australia)).
Attached are a couple of blurred photos to show
the rigors of beachcruising in heavy rain, blustery wind, heavily
crocodile-infested waters, and isolation - great fun!
The boat below is Phil Bolger's Sharpshooter design with the
addition of a slot-top cuddy-cabin.
Product of the Week: STIDD Low-Profile Box Mount Seat
Friday December 17, 2010t
The low-profile, adjustable box mount seat from leading ergonomic
marine seating manufacturer STIDD Systems, Inc. has been designed
for small to mid-size boats where seats are installed atop storage
cabinets or fiberglass boxes.
The STIDD FA series with a fixed, seven-inch seat height incorporates
a new fore/aft mechanism with eight inches of travel that is adjusted
by releasing an easy-to-reach paddle at the front of the seat.
The front edge of the pedestal is squared-off to allow seat positioning
close to the edge of the box or cabinet. Available for STIDD 500N
(Slimline) and 500 (Full-Size) seat models. Powdercoat finish.
More info: www.stidd.com
or call 1+631.477.2400, ext. 120.
STIDD Systems, Inc. – 220 Carpenter Street, P.O. Box 87
– Greenport, NY 11944 USA
Product of the Week: Aquatic AV Digital Media Player
Friday November 26, 2010
Now there’s a waterproof multi-function marine
digital Audio/Video media player that can be installed onboard
where other systems can’t. The new IP-4 rated thin Digital
Media Player from Aquatic AV can be flush mounted on almost any
flat surface. (RDS, 4-channel power amp (77 watts x 4)). Also
incorporates full iPod/iPhone, USB and Sirius/XM tuner user interface
ability and can transmit via RF all user interfaces to up to four
compatible, flush-mounted controllers. An optional Waterproof
(IP-66) 2-Way Floatable Handheld Wireless Remote has a range of
50 feet and can control all the audio/video functions, lighting
and other onboard accessories.
More info: www.aquaticav.com
or call 1+408.559.1668.
Aquatic AV - 1476 Camden Avenue - Campbell, CA 95008 USA
SHAKE THOSE WINTER BLUES: 2011 KANSAS
CITY BOAT & SPORTSHOW OFFERS DOSE OF SUMMER FUN
Shop the Hottest New Boats, RV's and
Outdoor Gear January 13-16
KANSAS CITY – (November 23, 2010) –
report from CBS Money Watch identified buying a boat
as one of the top ways to “buy happiness.” That’s
not surprising given that boating connects people, bringing them
together away from the stresses on land and transporting them
to a place where they can deepen their relationships, spending
quality time together.
The 2011 Kansas City Boat & Sportshow offers visitors a way
to shake the winter blues and invest in happiness with a rare
opportunity to view, board and buy the largest selection of boats,
RVs, personal watercraft, ATVs, hunting and fishing accessories,
and vacation getaways. Making a comeback to H. Roe Bartle Hall
January 13 – 16, 2011, the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow
will be the ONLY boat show at the popular H. Roe Bartle Hall this
year. As a result, show goers will find more boats than ever before,
featuring some of the best brands at the best prices of the year.
If you’re interested in the outdoors, the Kansas City Boat
& Sportshow is an ideal place to find everything you need
– the best part is you can compare products and prices from
all the top dealers throughout the region – all under one
roof,” said Mark Adams, the show’s producer. “The
show is a unique opportunity to escape the dreary winter and step
inside to discover everything the outdoors has to offer and get
ready for summer fun.
Hundreds of boats, RV’s and a wide selection of the latest
outdoors accessories will be showcased at the 2011 event, totaling
millions in merchandise. In addition to the latest boats and accessories,
visitors to the 2011 Kansas City Boat & Sportshow will find
special features, including:
Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest –
A Kansas City classic, this wing-a-thon is sure to be one of the
year’s best. Hosts WHB (810AM) and Hooter's will give away
exciting prizes to winners. The wing-a-thon takes flight Friday,
January 14 at 5:30pm during Kevin Kietzman's live broadcast.
Texas Bass Tank – Don’t miss
this 40-ft. aquarium filled with 5,000 gallons of water and stocked
with a variety of native fish, sponsored by Berkeley. Daily fishing
demonstrations by professional fishermen provide a rare underwater
view of how fish react to and strike at various types of bait
and fishing techniques.
Willow Creek Kids Trout Pond – Free
fishing for kids 12 and under at this year’s Willow Creek
Kids Trout Pond. Stocked with fresh frisky fighting trout, kids
can let loose at the Trout Pond while experts help them make their
next big catch. Be sure to bring the camera to catch the moment
when your little one reels in a big one!
Boating and Outdoor Classroom – Led
by professional boating and outdoor instructors, the seminars
offer expert insight on topics ranging from women in boating,
basic boating maintenance, how to properly use the latest marine
electronics, insider fishing tips for catching bass, catfish,
walleye and crappie and much more! Seminars are held daily throughout
the run of the show and are held at the Seminar Stage in the South
end of the hall in space #M1. Check www.kansascitysportshow.com for
a complete schedule.
Adopt-a-Pet – An outdoors person
and their trusty dog companion, what’s better than that?
How about a family and their newly adopted pet! Visit the Adopt-a
Dog Center and go home with a furry new friend. Sponsored by Half
Way Home Pet Adoptions (PetsHalfWayHome.com), staff will be onsite
on Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 15.
SpongeBob SquarePants – Making a
special appearance Saturday and Sunday, January 15 and 16 from
11am to 3pm, SpongeBob will create an adventure of his own at
the show and mingle with show-goers.
In addition to a variety of entertainment and the chance to view,
board and buy hundreds of boats, RVs, ATVs, and personal watercraft,
show goers can enter to win prizes and can take advantage of special
show giveaways. Visit the show website to check for the latest
Ready to start shopping now? Visit KansasCitySportshow.com to
search the dealers attending this year’s show and find out
what boats and RVs they’ll be bringing. You can plan ahead
to figure out what dealers are a must-see, who’s offering
the best deals and even schedule dealer appointments.
When: Thursday through Sunday, January 13 -
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: H. Roe Bartle Hall
301 W. 13th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Admission: $9.00 for adults
FREE for Children 15 years and under
E-ticket Family Promotion: Buy
3 tickets online and receive the 4th ticket FREE
Price Chopper” Promotion: Get $1 off adult admission
with proof of coupon
Tickets can be purchased online at KansasCitySportshow.com
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About the Kansas City Boat & Show
The Kansas City Boat & Sportshow is produced by the National
Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest
producer of boat shows. NMMA is the leading association
representing the recreational boating industry in North America.
NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats,
engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers
throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit www.nmma.org.
Whale Intelligent Control™
Receives DAME Special Mention at METS 2010
2nd award in 2 months for unique system that monitors performance,
controls operation of grey waste, fresh & bilge water pumps
Watch the video: www.youtube.com/whalepumps
MANCHESTER CENTER, VERMONT (USA) – For the second time in as many months, Whale Water Systems has been recognized for its new Intelligent Control™ (IC), innovative electronic control circuitry that continuously monitors the performance of the Whale range of grey waste, fresh and bilge water pumps – and intuitively switches the pumps on and off when required.
At METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) 2010 in Amsterdam last week, Whale IC received a Special Mention from the DAME Award Jury in the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems category. In September, the compact, clog-free Gulley IC received a NMMA Product Innovation Award in the Mechanical Systems category at IBEX (International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference) 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Whale IC pumps have built-in sensors that monitor relevant aspects of the system:
• Grey IC senses water levels with its Single outlet Gulley IC and dual Inlet Manifold IC, making a fully automatic waste system when connected to the Gulper IC.
• The new Fresh IC freshwater pump prevents rapid cycling without sacrificing flow and performance. The pump monitors back pressure, energy consumption and flow and turns off only when no flow is required. It can run dry without damage and eliminates the need for an accumulator tank.
• With Bilge IC, the Strainer IC senses water in the bilge and communicates with the remote mounting Gulper IC, which switches on and off automatically. The small footprint strainer fits into tight bilge spaces.
All easy-to-install, low maintenance, trouble-free Whale IC pumps and accessories feature: pre-wired, linked components, integrated sensors and marine grade waterproof electric connections; and soft start/stop, digital switching, less on/off cycling and no moving parts for longer system life.
For more information about Whale Intelligent Control™ and
other Whale Water Systems products, visit www.whalepumps.com or