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I managed to break away from family obligations long enough on Saturday to head over to Arkansas to check out a jonboat building demo going on at Bull Shoals Lake. I've got a few pics up and a description of the day on my blog, if anyone is interested.


I have a little video up of what heaving to looks like here. The heaving to part is in the second half of the video. All it takes is backing the jib-- just tack and don't release the jib sheets, and then lash down the helm. The jib tries to push the bows off, the rudders try to head the boat up, and the boat quickly finds a balance between the two and just sits there fore reaching slightly.


Don't know if you've seen this, but anyone who has thought of themselves as a Waterman will know all about the feeling that comes when viewing this clip. Not about boating, but certainly at the core of being at one with the sea. I'm sure you know a few folks who would appreciate this pair of links.

This clip is the "making of" background piece that fills-in the gaps of how the Blue Sway piece was made. Chris Ostlind

I hope you will consider adding a link to this book to the Duckworks site.

Kayak fishing is becoming more popular; and as you know, I will be offering several kayak designs soon.

The name of the book is:

KAYAK FISHING Author: John Shein

Bill Bates

By the way, this clip will show you where the Blue Sway sequences were shot. It's a place in Tahiti called Teahupoo (pronounced Chao-poo). When the Blue Sway stuff was shot the reef wasn't getting the same kind of massive pump that is in the Laird Hamilton clip, but it does illustrate the proximity of the reef to the breaking wave that is coming out of wild and deep Pacific Ocean swells. A dangerous spot when it's huge, as I'm sure you can imagine. I'd be watching from the safety of the nearby channel. That wave is just too damn scary to consider... even when I could surf well. Maybe another life. Video One and Two. This still shot gives you an idea as to how much water is being pushed onto the reef. I've heard it described as the entire Pacific Ocean and that seems appropriate. The white patch is the shallow part of the reef being exposed as the swell sucks all the water off the edge of the island as it pitches up. Less than fifty feet out from the wave face, the water drops to something like 1000 feet deep.
Chris Ostlind

Free Ebook: SUSÂNI By Louis Becke

Free Ebook: SARRÉO By Louis Becke

Free Boat Plan: Flat Bottom Skiff

Free Boat Plan: Seascoot

Mike John

Transference article by Andrew.

MIK Storer

I still think SUPs are silly but ... This video give me a little more respect for them, at least for these guys! The times and distance are pretty impressive but it is all downwind so...


Here is a cool pictorial article about fast boats – some of them are even sailboats.


I had someone contact me about sailing on the Columbia and I rooted through my web pages until I found my write-up and then reposted it. If you are bored and have nothing better to do you can see it HERE.

Andrew Linn

This chap is undoubtedly very happy about his cat - it looks good on this reach. Jib is optimal for that, but he will have a hard time getting upwind with the jib set so wide. Heaps of fun for sure ...


Check it out, cool stuff and add your own.


I am the owner of which is a pirogue boat plans website.


Sailing the long tailed cat.


For those interested in the naomh og, or curragh, there are a couple of pictures and a nice blog entry at the link for today, 29 JUL 2011. Chet Raymo, who writes the blog, is a retired science professor. Usually, the entries are about science, religion, or some combination of the two. But Chet spends his summer time on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland and has a sharp eye for whatever is happening around him. A local regatta features curragh races every year.


I just saw this and was amazed at the amount of materials used to make a boat.


One of the boats in this year's Texas200 was skippered and crewed by the "Devil Dogs" a couple of retired Marines (no such thing as an ex-Marine) from West Texas. They produced one of the best videos I have ever seen to come out of this event.


Here's the first, basic virtual demo of a W500 fishing kayak, from the paddler's standpoint.


As if jet skis aren't annoying enough! This guy would annoy them! At least he knows how to sit in a canoe single.


I have had a sick fascination with Friendship Sloops ever since I read "The Boat That Wouldn't Float" by Farley Mowat. Here is a link to a restoration project I hope to do myself one day. If any one has plans for one of these lying around they could part with I would make an offer.

Paul Moffitt

My model has been put back in the elements after forty years and went well.


My latest project is a trailerable, diesel electric solar hybrid. Check our website if this is of any interest (

Reuben Trane

Woods Designed Skoota power cat cruising video.


I just discovered Geowake... seems very cool. A great way to preview a sailing destination.


Now THIS is a houseboat! What an odd mixture of old and new...

William Moffitt

Saturn catamaran by Woods Designs racing in a regatta in BC Canada. Note 13 knot+ speed off wind. The boat with spinnaker in the back ground is a Santa Cruz 52. We caught them up.

Richard Woods

Here is a nice post from the Woodenboat forum about a trip Tom Pamperin, did with his brother in one of my Phoenix III designs. The sailplan is non-standard, but the trip looked to be really nice!

Ross Lillistone

We have some new articles up at I just posted newsletter 3. The PDRacer World Championship race is right around the corner, and we are in the time window that the right to host next year's race may be captures. More info on the newsletter.


Very dramatic video of a sailing yacht being dismasted by a tanker!

The July/August 2011 issue of Classic Yacht is waiting for you.

"Israeli designer Ori Levin has created a one-of-a-kind folding canoe called the Adhoc, that tips (no pun intended) the scales at just 4.1 kilograms, or 9 pounds."

Kenneth Grome

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