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How I Do Fillets
Chuck told me a great method to do fillets. Chuck said: I do
my epoxy fillets in two passes. First, I place the epoxy on with
a small spatula. To do the rounding, the first pass is held level
with the ply on one face and the second pass is held against the
ply on the other face. This cleans up the whole area and the fillet
The drawing is not great but it will give you the idea.
What Did Chuck Say?
Here are a few tips when making masts. The glassing method works
very well for me.
I have two (not quite) one sheet boats row boats I made two years
ago, the portugese dinghy and the one sheet skiff. They look fantastic,
used only a couple of times, but the fun was in the construction
of them, I have them sitting around now and I think somebody else
might have fun with them.
The skiff is all rigged for sailing too. (So is the dinghy, but
that was just for the experience, it really is horrible to sail).
They both have floatation/storage chambers, and have glasfiber/
epoxy reinforced bottoms. Sails (orange and yellow tarp) and dagger
board for the skiff are included, and both have their own oars.
I include some pictures (the portugese dinghy was not finished
at the time the picture was taken). They are free. For the real
lovers I hope.
Remember that old "ready for the dump"
star Howard's rebuilding? Here it is ready for paint. Are we good
or what? Joe conned us into this some how, still not sure how.
It's a 1929 boat. It's the 16th oldest one in existence and was
built with the short mast, long boon sail rig and was then changed
to the current taller mast when the rules changed in 1930. We
have both original masts for this boat as well as lots of neat
hardware. After finding all this out we just have to do an extra
good job restoring the boat. If any of the rest of you have ideas
about coming to us for restoration jobs, forget it. We only get
tricked once or twice. I really is fun seeing this boat come back
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Better Start for Wanderer's 4th Season
Attached are a couple of shots from the first two
outings this year .. A big improvement from that lousy day a year
ago in my article. Steve Bosquette cut and sewed a new jib &
mizzen from some light dacron and, as you can see, they set much
better than the polytarp originals. Steve was along 3/18 and we
had 3- 7 variable winds with temps in the high 60's .. delightful!
Paul Moffitt brought his dog along the other day (4/13) and there
was very light, fluky wind and a cool drizzle .. but it was good
to meet him and talk OBX and boats. Any day on the water is a
good day. Lake Nockamixon, which Paul hadn't seen before.
Celebration of Wooden Boats Grafton
Good Morning fellow Wooden Boaters., It gives me
great pleasure to advise we are all go again for Jaca Wooden Boats
Celebration 2010!!! I hope you all put it in your calendars for
this year too. Participants from last year stated they would have
liked a more social day, so we have changed Friday accordingly
to a sail/motor/row/tow to the Ulmarra pub for lunch, then back
to Grafton to watch the Venetian Carnival - I think it is a better
idea, and if we can have some boats near the Crown Hotel and mentioned
over the p. a. at the Venetian Carnival, it should be enough to
draw interest for Saturday.
Try to turn up Thursday if you can, though for the
fun and street party, as it is a locally proclaimed holiday. We
will also be a little more organised this year, now knowing what
to expect, with areas designated for different types of boats.
Corcoran park has been booked again as the venue, and hopefully
the weather will be a little kinder to us and those that got flooded
in, or couldn't make it last year because of the weather. Over
32 boats made it last year, despite the inclement weather, and
word of mouth at the event promised us with heaps more for this
year, with well in excess of 50 boats envisaged. We will also
be chasing sponsorship and prizes, so fingers crossed! My wife
is also on board this year, so we are ultra organised already.
It would be good to have numbers for the Ulmarra pub, so if you
can make it, please send me a return email accordingly. Feel free
to contact me if you have any queries. We all had a great time
last year, and regardless of the weather, the foundations have
now been laid for an even better year this year.
Celebration of Wooden Boats Grafton - Friday 5th
and Saturday 6th Nov 2010 An invitation for anyone with a wooden
boat to participate. Be it a canoe, kayak, sailing boat, speedboat,
or steam boat, bring it along for both static and on-thewater
displays. This is a great opportunity to display your pride and
joy on the mighty Clarence River and take part in the 76th Grafton
Jacaranda festival. Prizes will be awarded. Owners of boats over
8m in length will need to provide public liability insurance.
All owners are asked to provide the organizers with an A4 sheet
detailing the particulars of their boat. It is recommended that
participants arrive on the preceding Thursday to avoid the rush
and also to take part in Thursdays "Jacaranda Day" celebrations.
Friday 5th Nov. Social Day
10:00am - 11:00am Meet & Greet, Corcoran Park, Kirchner St
(enter via Villiers St)
11:00am - 4:00pm Boat launching & Sail/Row/ Power downstream
to Ulmarra pub for social lunch.
4:00pm onwards Return to Crown Hotel Grafton (waterfront) for
viewing of Venetian Carnival.
Saturday 6th Nov. Wooden Boat Display
8:00am - 4:00pm Display wooden boats for the public at Corcoran
Park Gold coin donation for entry
1:00pm - 2:00pm BBQ lunch, Corcoran Park Also on display will
be Blacksmith and Woodwork displays, Model boats, Fly casting
tuition, Vintage Outboard motors, Nautical Knot display and vendors.
Proudly brought to you by the Jacaranda Festival Committee
Cliff's POLUNU, the biggest homebuilt
boat in Scuzbums
Launched in 2008, this is just the first time that I have been
able to get some pics under sail. The design is by Mike Waller
She is 29' loa 16' beam 2.5' draft. Build is Santee CA
Terry Long and F.D. Crockett
Barry Long has been working on two of these 13ft
melonseeds forever, well maybe not but I bet he thinks it's been
forever. Here's Terry holding one and it weights only 80 pounds.
How would you like to be the first skipper to run this boat up
on the rocks. Jump out and run.
These two links come from Vera England. Make sure you look at
them to see what a bunch of dedicated volunteers can do with a
big old nasty fishing boat. When you open these links you can
look at other links inside them to see lots of pictures and information.
This project is one I'd like to see our guys get involved with
if we had a big rail way.I don't think that would be possible
because all of the really old Florida boats are long gone, nothing
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Laguna Sinko Report
Sails are done. I still need to clean up the booms and yards
The last parts I need to construct are thr mast steps, the part
partner that actually holds the mast in, the rudderhead, and tiller.
need to shape the leeboard and, well, paint and cogitate on the
rigging, I guess.
Damn, this is an easy boat to build.
Just finished sanding and rounding the spars and shaping the
have the rudder head glued up. I just need to shape it and make
tiller. Oh, dammit, I need to make the mast steps, too.
I laid on a layer of pink (better known as PINK!) yesterday.
I'm going back to calling her Laguna Sink-O: Flamingo de Fuego.
It's quite lovely, really. She's gonna look great - on fire.
I'm making my reefing bungies. Using wooden balls from the art
store but would like to use red shock cord. It is available elsewhere.
Any chance you might carry it soon? Quarter inch is perhaps the
Hi Chuck, I have been playing some more with knots.
I saw online an ad for paracord bracelets and belts. Very expensive
but I love the idea. These are made from 550# test paracord and
are meant to be unwoven in a survival situation, or if a sheet
breaks and you forgot your back up, or a tie down for anything,
etc. The belt has 30' of line, 4' of webbing, and two D rings.
The D rings are rated at 780 which I got from the depot and the
webbing came from a tie down strap. I was able to get a spool
of paracord 550 for 17 dollars at this awesome
Here is a link to the pictures of my final product.
I am thinking of making a bunch of the bracelets as presents for
Directions for the Cobra knot and Diamond knot are easy to find
I thought this might interest some of your readers.
How do you get rid of an old, worn out sailboat?
You'll should have been there to see this. A 6000
pound MacWester 26, twin keels, massive hull. Took it to the dump,
no engine or fuel tanks and for the standard fee of $36 per ton
they took care of it. I don't know what we were expecting but
certainly not this. He grabbed it with this monster machine, dragged
it off the trailer, crunched it up and dumped it onto the pile.
All in less than a minute!!! This was a 50 year old hull with
no redeeming features. We pulled the engine and any good hardware
(not much). Fixing it up to use or sell was not an option, you
can buy um in good sailing shape for way, way less than it would
cost to fix this one up. The interior was a horror story.
David Lucas Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club
My name is Capt. Raymond Griffin, owner of Griffin
Fishing Charters. We are giving away a fishing trip to introduce
you to our services. All you need to do is book a trip for 2 people
at our regular package price and your trip is complimentary. The
trip includes over night accommodations, all of your meals, rods,
reels, bait, tackle, ice, fuel and 6 to 7 hours on the water.
This is a $350.00 value that at no cost to you, just for trying
We are a 12 year old fishing charter service, located just 30
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Our specialty is corporate groups from 10 to 50 people. Companies
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We have a staff of 7 full time guides and a private dining room
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At Griffin Fishing we have a saying, "We don't go fishin',
We go catchen!" Take a look at our web site or give us a
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Hi Chuck - here's the summer course schedule for the Northwest
School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock WA. Thanks!
The School's thirtieth anniversary is next year, in 2011. We're
just now developing a series of celebrations, all involving boats
in one way or another. I'm working up a longer article that I
hope can be published in sections dealing with what was built
and when. Hopefully you'll find it of interest. Pete
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, located on the Olympic
Peninsula in Port Hadlock WA and locally known as “the Boat
School”, has announced its summer workshop schedule. www.nwboatschool.org
The Boat School will center its summer workshops around the construction
of a classic Pacific Northwest boat, the Lamberson Skiff.
The Lamberson Skiff
Instructor Tim Lee will teach the workshop series. Tim, a full-time
instructor at the School for the past decade, has taught both
the Traditional Small and Large Craft programs. He has a special
interest in preserving boats of significance to the Pacific Northwest
region. Tim’s thoughtful approach and enthusiasm for the
boats he’s building and his students make him an excellent
The skiff is perhaps the perfect yacht tender, combining lightweight
glued lapstrake construction with traditional good looks.
Ed Lamberson, the late Puget Sound shipwright and boatbuilder,
developed and refined this small boat over a period of thirty
years based on the experiences of his wife, Gayle, and himself.
Tim will be using Ed’s original molds and plans to build
the Lamberson Skiff.
The late Ed Lamberson at work
Summer workshop students can sign up to participate in one or
all of the eight different short classes focused on lofting, building,
painting and fitting out this timeless yet modern craft. Every
aspect of building the boat will be taught through this series
Lofting July 9-11
Molds, Backbone and Set-Up July 16-19
Lapstrake Planking and Scarfing Plywood July 23-25
Lapstrake Planking and Steambending July 30 – August 1
Fitting Out the Boat August 6-8
Finish Work August 21-22
Oar Making August 28-29
All workshops take place from 9am-4pm each day with a half hour
lunch break from 12:30 – 1pm.
You can sign up for just one workshop or attend as many as you
would like. You do not need to take every class to participate
– even if you attend just one workshop you will have a hand
in building this beautiful little lapstrake skiff.
If a workshop you would like to attend lasts for more days than
you have available, that’s ok, too. Most workshops are designed
to allow participants to attend all or part of a session. If you
can only attend part of a workshop, you must attend the first
day. As an example, Lofting is a three day workshop but you have
the option of attending only the first day if you would like and
then more days if you desire.
Workshops will provide demonstration and hands-on experience.
Participants will not be using large stationary power tools but,
depending on the workshop, small tools may be required.
Participants should bring eye and ear protection to the workshops
as well as a dust mask, or you can purchase these items at the
School. The following list of tools will be used during the workshops
– the School can provide them if yours aren’t available.
#3, or #4 smoothing planes or a #5 jack plane
Low angle or standard block plane
Japanese (dovetail) or Western (crosscut) saws
16 ounce hammer
Electric or battery-powered drill and drivers
The Lamberson Skiff you’ll build during this series of
workshops will be available for purchase, with preference given
to students taking the complete workshop series. Contact Boat
School Director Bill Mahler at 360-385-4948 for details.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is committed to providing
men and women of all ages a quality education in traditional wooden
boatbuilding and fine woodworking.
The School’s mission is to teach and preserve the skills
and crafts associated with fine wooden boatbuilding and other
traditional maritime arts with emphasis on the development of
the individual as craftsperson.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding was established on
the Olympic Peninsula by Puget Sound Master Shipwright Bob Prothero,
and has taught the marine trades vocationally and recreationally
since its founding in 1981. Well over one thousand students have
graduated from the School’s vocational programs, and thousands
more have attended summer and community workshops in traditional
maritime arts. The tradition continues today on the new Heritage
Campus, located on the historic Port Hadlock WA waterfront.
The School currently offers six courses which can lead to an
Associate degree. Courses include basic traditional wooden boatbuilding
skills; traditional small vessel construction; traditional large
vessel construction; contemporary wooden boatbuilding; yacht interior
construction, and wooden boat repair and restoration.
Fulltime students are eligible to participate in Federal Student
Aid, to include Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans. Veteran’s
Benefits are also available.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by
the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges)
- a Diploma in 9-month Traditional Small Craft, Traditional Large
Craft, or Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding;
- Associate Degrees of Occupational Studies in 12-month Traditional
Small Craft, Traditional Large Craft, or Contemporary Wooden Boatbuilding.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding
42 North Water Street
Port Hadlock WA 98335
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (“The Boat
School”) is right on the water on Washington’s Olympic
Peninsula, in the little town of Port Hadlock. (The School’s
waterfront facilities are the building with the blue roof and
the brownish-gray roofed building right above it. The School also
has a larger shop, a blacksmithing shop and a new welding shop
a short walk above the waterfront facilities, half-way up the
New Viking 70 Convertible Features Interlux® Micron® Technology
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Hull #1 of the new Viking Yachts 70 Convertible
is painted with the
Interlux Micron Technology antifouling system at the Viking factory.
Widely recognized by sportfishing anglers for their
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