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Wooboto on the Delta

Steve Chambers commissioned Jim Michalak to design Wooboto and built the first one. He did not have much sailing experience but an invitation to Gunkhole 2008 solved that.

As you may know, we have taken a couple of weeks off to
attend Jim Thayer's Kokopeli cruise on Lake Powell. Until
we return, please enjoy a few tidbits from years past.
Monday, September 24, 2008

It's All In the Legs
You may remember Kellan Hatch as the guy who built the amazing inflatible Trimaran, Fugu, and sailed it in the Texas200. Well, before that he played with a Mirage drive.

Monday, September 23, 2008

Back in 2003 an email came from Poland. Wojtek Baginski wanted to buy plans for Campjon. We sent him the drawings and he not only built the boat, he sent us this nice article too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Max Wawrzyniak - Column #1
This is the column that began Max Wawrzyniak's multi-year run of columns which culminated in his book "Cheap Outboards". He has lost weight - probably from worrying about deadlines.

Monday, September 19, 2008

Reports - November, 2002
Take a walk with us down memory lane and see what folks were up to 6 years ago. Most of the links don't work any more but it is fun just to brouse through and remember.

Monday, September 18, 2008

Designing for the Job
This story is about what may be John Welsford's most successful design project and he never earned a cent from the original plans. But he did gain the satisfaction of helping others.

Monday, September 17, 2008

One of the oldest, most successful and most easily recognized small boat designs is the dory. Here is John Bell's version - a little 11 footer - complete with free plans you can download.

Monday, September 16, 2008

Visit to Bermuda
I love to travel but I won't be able to see the whole world in my lifetime. Fortunately, there are folks like Peter Vanderwaart who take their cameras and document their trips for us.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Harry's Gone, But Jack's Back
It is not often you fine good writers who write about boat building, but Chuck Merrell is one. He wrote columns for Duckworks for some time. This is one of my favorites.


Jim Michalak's Newsletter
We are big fan's of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

Monday, September 12, 2008

Maddog's Marbles
Someone recently pointed out that Allen "Maddog" McBride's website had vanished, and so it has. Does anyone know where he is? Here is an example of some of Maddog's early work.

Monday, September 11, 2008

The Magellan Challenge Race
We hear a lot about the "AroundInTen" race for small boats, but who remembers this one from a decade ago. It was promoted by capable people but never came off.

Monday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 9, 2008

What Do You Do With the Drunken Sailor?
There is nothing like the loss of a friend to make you face your own mortality. Here, Mark Steele addresses the stuff we leave behind and he does so in his engaging and light-hearted style.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Introducing Toter DuckBoat
When Ken Simpson had a special request for a modification of his successful and clever "Toter", he could not refuse. Scott Derr wanted a duck hunting boat with room for his dog.

Friday, September 5, 2008

New Cowls for Independence
Sometimes an accident involving very cold water can lead to a happy ending for all concerned. Skylar Smith tells the story about our friend Mike Walker's Cascade 42, Independence.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Making an Eye Splice in Braded Line
When you are as accomplished as Denis Menegaz, you know how to do things - like making an eye splice in braided line. Fortunately for us, Denis is sharing this knowledge with us.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wooboto on the Delta
Steve Chambers commissioned Jim Michalak to design Wooboto and built the first one. He did not have much sailing experience but an invitation to Gunkhole 2008 solved that.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Life is Too Short for Broken Dreams
Besides being an accomplished boat builder and designer, Ross Lillistone is a very good writer. In this piece, another story about "Mike Rowe", he makes the case for small boats.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Bimini for AF4B - Part 2: Canvassing
Here is the conclusion to Rob Rohde-Szudy's howto on building a bimini. Amply illustrated and concisely detailed, Rob leaves nothing to the imagination - and does such a professional job!

Jim Michalak's Newsletter
We are big fan's of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Epoxy: What You Should Really Worry About
This grew out of a discussion that started with an article about an alternate method of building. No matter - Michael Storer knows what he is talking about and he shares what he knows.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

As a technical advisor to the woodworking industry, John Welsford has access to serious testing equiptment. As a boat builder he has reason to test the many glues around today.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008

Micro Magic’s for instant pleasure, the `lost at sea’ boats mystery, a tall ship Lady Love and… the
schooners keep coming…

Mark Steele's monthly potpouri of model boat news.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Building a Lake Skiff - Part 6
Charlie Ewers installs the keelson, puts the bottom on the boat then glasses and paints it. As a bonus, he discusses the technical and philosophical aspects of sanding these boats.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tiller Extension
Bob Booth is building Steve Redmond's Tetra but when it did not have clear instructions for the tiller extension, he had to improvise. Fortunately, he documented the project for us.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Texas 200 in Pictures - Part 2
If you have a tiny fraction of the pleasure going through these pictures as I did putting them together you should have a pretty good time. Great memories!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Texas 200 in Pictures - Part 1
A lot of pictures were taken on the Texas200 so I just organized them into a kind of narrative account of the event. I even threw in a few video clips. Tomorrow, Part 2.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Several years ago, Tom Beck entered a boat design contest. He didn't win but he couldn't get the design out of his head, so he finally decided to build the thing. Now he's glad he did.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Jim Michalak's Newsletter
We are big fan's of Jim Michalak's designs and like to let you know when there is a new issue of his newsletter.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Repairing Tip Damaged Synthetic Daggerboards
Not only has Alan Glos has made a profitable part time job of repairing synthetic daggerboards, but in this article, he reveals his techniques so that you can make these repairs too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How to Float Your Camera
Just because a GPS, Camera or VHF is waterproof, that does not mean it will float. Joel Fleischer has some tips on how to prevent the loss of your valuable items to Davey Jones locker.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Take A Penny And Build A Sailmaker's Palm
Right off, Don Craig admits that he should have bought one of the ready made palms that are available but "the heart wants what the heart wants" and so he made one to see if he could.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008

Three Men in a Tub
Anyone who takes a small boat on big water will know that there is always the possibility of disaster. Pat Johnson took a 23 foot O'Day across the gulf and had this story to tell.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Starvation '08
Each spring, Jim Thayer hosts a small boat meet at Starvation Reservoir in Northeastern Utah. As he does most years, Tom Gale took his family and a boat and he sent us this report.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Little Schooners with Great Beauty
Not many will argue that the Schooner is the most beautiful of small boats. In this article, Paul Austin Reviews four small Schooners and discusses them in some detail.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Creation & Evolution of the PDR(X)
John Wright was one of the intrepid PDRacer sailors who set a new Voyage record for the design during the Texas200. It's no surprise that he has a few ideas about fitting these boats out.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Slider is Launched!
Ray Aldridge wanted to build a small, trailerable, catamaran with no cabin but with in hull seating. But since no plans were to be found, he decided to design his own boat.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Bimini for AF4B - Part 1: Getting Framed
Are you thinking about building a bimini for your boat? Please read this article before you begin. Once more, Rob Rohde-Szudy has made all the mistakes so you don't have to.