Sandra and Chuck-
This is not a film magazine from Hollywood. This is January/February
edition of REJS, one of Polish yachting magazines. I've posted
to them brief description of Campjon
design with a few photos, just before Christmas. I don't work
for them, so it was more a question and less a ready article,
but they decided to print it at once. Let's see how it came
I'm sure some people from here will take a look
at Duckworks, and hope some of them will stay with Duckworks
as I do. I'm not sure about commercial effects, because of language
barrier and technical aspects of sending money. Anyway if somebody
from here need any help, I would support him.
Well, please take a look at page 87 (ed.-see
above). Another copy of REJS was sent to Jim Michalak.
Best regards. Wojetk
is underway again now that my more global commitments have finished.
Please visit the editorial page and the news page.
Of special note is the annual Mahurangi Cruising Club weekend
this coming weekend.
If you can make it to what is widely thought to be one of the
better meeting places for woodenboat advocates that would be great.
I have also been asked to tell you that tickets are still available
for the traditional ball.
The dates for Lake Charles Yacht Club open races
are confirmed as follows:
Contraband Regatta, an annual open regatta, first hosted in 1969,
will be a one day event on Saturday, May 8, 2004.
There will be an entry fee ($25?) but includes party and dinner
in the evening. The annual Contraband Days Festival Fireworks
will take place in the evening, usually at 9:00 or 10:00 pm.
Third Annual Lake Charles Yacht Club Messabout will take place
August 7, 2004. There will be a race for Puddle Duck Racers and
for other visiting sailors if interested. This is an unstructured
event where everyone comes and enjoys the day messing about in
boats of most any kind. You don't need to bring a boat. A hot
dog lunch will be served and a social and dinner will be held
in the evening. There is no charge for this event.
See the link below for other Duddle Duck events.
Ken Abrahams, Puddle Duck Racer No. 2, Ugly Duckling.
putting a Sneakeasy together as a test bed for a Kitchen Rudder.
I've always been curious about the contraption. Besides, not enough
water for the Wyo this year so we'll enjoy the Sneakeasy and Trilars
click to enlarge
Here's a GIF of a Kitchen Rudder.
I plan on using an inboard air cooled engine, probably a 20HP
Honda or B & S twin. A two bilge blowers pumping a couple
hundred cubic feet a minute should keep things cooled since I'd
like to enclose the engine except for a 4 inch opening above the
If it works as described in several things I've managed to find,
it should make the boat very maneuverable. I've always thought
it was a possible thing for the Wyo so I figure the Sneakeasy
would be a great test bed.
I have the bulkheads cut out and one set of side panels epoxied
up, I'll probably start assembling in a week or two. I have a
kerosene heater in the garage that keeps it about 55 - 60 degrees
so I fire it up about 7 AM on the weekends and can work by 9:00
AM. Nifty little heater. I hope to have it done by April for launching.
I'm not going to get carried away on building the Sneakeasy on
I'll snap a view here and there but I will focus on the kitchen
rudder. I hope to do an article for you when I'm done.
No snow for us, we have lot's in the mountains though so maybe
a good run off but we are really in need of moisture in the foothills
and flatlands. They don't predict the lake to fill much this year,
maybe 10 feet but that still won't float my dock. They did extend
the ramps last fall so I could probably put the Wyo in but there
is no place to moor or dock. Literally all the bays are dry and
dropping a mooring in the lake is not allowed.
Big boat show in Denver tomorrow, lot's of ideas!
Lake Powell in September, humm, if your going, I'll be there!
Found this photo while "surfing" on
a government site. Have seen this fellow mentioned in a 1950's
book on kit boats. You can go a long ways in a little boat!
The caption reads: "CAPT
HARVEY H. HECKER, age 76, Chicago, Ill. to New Port Richey,
Fla. Nov 18 to Dec. 24, 1953. Distance: 2000 miles, "Ozarka
Boat Co. Kit assembled by Capt. Hecker. Power: Twin Johnson
Sea-Horse, 10 h.p. motors."
Here in Annapolis it's been cold enough to freeze nitrogen.
But in the shop the heat is on and the woodchips are flying,
because there's nothing like boatbuilding to speed you through
the cold months of Winter.
Worried about having enough heat in your home shop? For an
in-depth look at easy ways to turn an ice-cold garage into a
working boatshop, click here: https://www.clcboats.com/coldshop.php
And here's something else to warm you up: Order a CLC boat
kit online between now and February 15th, and we'll throw in
a free copy of "The Zen of Wooden Kayak Building,"
our famous how-to-build-a-boat video. To get the free video,
you'll need to type "CW0104" into the "comments"
box of your online order, and specify whether you want the video
on DVD or VHS. Offer good only in the United States.
Chesapeake Light Craft
1805 George Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
I HAVE SENT YOU A PIC OF A CABIN THAT I WOULD
LIKE TO PUT ON THE CAMPJON.
IT IS A BIT DIFFERENT BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TRY IT. THINKING ALONG
THE LINES IT IS VERY SIMILAR IT WOULD REQUIER MAKEING THE BULKHEADS
WITH A DIFFERENT CUT PATTERN. BUT STILL KEEPING THE LINES OF THE
CAMPJON. SEE WHAT YOU THINK? I SAW THIS BOAT IN DUCKWORKS MAG.
THANK YOU "WILLIAM"
"Rust Check on the Bounty"
The attached photos document freeing up some seized shackles
on "HMS" Bounty.. The "Bounty" winter at
The Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida every year. She's a beautiful
replica of the original, but built 1/3rd. larger. Tour their
website at: https://www.tallshipbounty.org/
for all the real scuttlebut.
A young lady crew member, Jennifer Kramer, was struggling with
the rust seized shackles using a vise with a gallon jug of WD
40. She wasn't getting anywhere. Even clamped in hard and using
a big marlin spike as a lever wasn't working. We added a 14"
crescent wrench to lengthen the spike for more leverage. No
I took pity on her and went to my car, where I knew I had a
couple of trial size bottles of good old Rust Check..
She put a few drops on each end of the threads and off it came
after a few minutes rest to permit penetration. Critics would
say that the hour she spent wrestling it with the WD 40 is what
got it off. The proof is that it worked the same on three more
shackles she hadn't started on yet!
The next day they used it to repair the anchor capstan that
had been seized up for years.
Three cheers for Rust Check.
I'm a volunteer crew member of "HMS" Bounty, onboard
for winter maintenance, working a day a week, learning lots,
and having a ball.
Hector RCN(R) ret.
Reporting from sunny Florida