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Pacific Pelican

Hi Chuck,

Here is a picture of The Pacific Pelican I refurbished for Hal and Loretta Colvin Last summer.

Lou Brouchetti

Conroe Messabout Pictures

Submitted by Gene Lueg

Princeton Hall

I crew/skipper on a 68 year old National treasure. It has 36 volt light bulbs for the interior that soak up a lot of juice. Do you know of a source for 36 volt LED replacements. The 36 volt bulbs are screw ins that are about the size of a 40 watt AC bulb.

H James

Happy Hour Club

I thought it would be fun to build a tiki hut to hang out and have happy hour in. Us retired guys have time to do that. The concept started out simple but you know what happens when a bunch of boat builders get involved, nothing is simple. This thing is way fancier than my house. Howard is doing the wood art work, I'm doing the heavy grunt work (I've lost all desire to get into the roofing business) and the other guys offer encouragement. When everything is finished we'll have a retirement party and you're all invited. Sleepovers will be encouraged because I hear that DUI's are really bad.

Now for Nancy's China. Stan want's a small easy to trailer camping sailboat and this one seems to fit the bill. He ordered the plans, saw all of the modifications he would make and got started. He read in Wooden Boat that it took someone 2-1/2  years to finish one. I don't think it'll take Stan that long. You have to remember that he is a genius, inventor, artiest and I'm sorry to say, a Democrat. Well, three out of four ain't bad. It's taken him a total of about three hours to get to this point. He could have finished the hull today but he stopped to have a beer and give me a hard time for still being up on the roof.  Don't worry, it's not that you're a slow dunce, no one can do this, (well maybe Maynard Bray up in Delaware) but none of us normal humans. When it's done we'll join the West Coast Trailer Sailors and party with them.  

David Lucas
Lucas Boatworks and Happy Hour Club
(941) 704-6736

SkiffAmerica20 Progress

The brown, orange and yellow theme came from the Illinois Central train I knew as a child, "The City of New Orleans". The blue stripes were added because the C of NO had a green logo on it and I saw a nature scene that had the combination of Orange, Brown, yellow and green as well as a blue sky. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of that scene so I added the green. And I did two stripes because I saw a boat with two stripes albeit both were wood rub rails. Anyway I painted the stripes green and when I pulled the tapes off it screamed John Deere tractor. I went immediately to town and bought some blue which does look good with brown, yellow and orange.

Now none of the colors in the photos are accurate accept the orange in the last one. The brown is darker but I avoided one so dark it would look black at dusk. I probably would have liked a trace of orange in the yellow but kept it as clean as possible as it was subed for white. The blue is much darker and does look black at dusk. The blue does not turn green at the front as the picture indicates. The transom is more like the next to last picture but none of the seeming flaws show up on the real boat. by the way the next to last picture was taken without flash on a gloomy day. The last picture was with flash.

I will be flipping the boat back right side up the day after thanksgiving. Anyone who wants to help is welcome to come by. Call me for time, ha, ha.

Gene Lueg

Today's Poll Results:

What is the most important part of a sailboat, to the:

  • Captain: whatever he or she is touching
  • First mate: whatever the Captain forgot
  • Grandpa: the Head
  • Grandma: the Life jackets
  • Grandkids: the Bow
  • Grandkid’s Mom: the Rail
  • First time sailor: the Stern
  • Girlfriend: the Color
  • Boyfriend: the Hull Speed
  • In-laws: how many it sleeps
  • Scholar: the Log
  • Liberal: the Tiller
  • Conservative: the Compass
  • Freudian: the Mast
  • Socialist: the Price
  • Scared: the Dock line
  • Hungry: the Galley
  • Bloated: the Wind
  • Bored: the Clock
  • Paranoid: the Hull
  • Suicidal: the Deep, blue sea...
  • Nerd: the GPS
  • Teen: the iPod battery

submitted by Stacy Smith

Old Gaffer's Association

The Old Gaffers Association - British Columbia, Canada area is now forming. The Old Gaffers Association (OGA) was formed in the United Kingdom in 1963 and today has members throughout the world with local Areas in Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Holland, the USA, Australia and now Canada
The aims of the Old Gaffers Association are to preserve interest in and encourage development of the Gaff Rig, and to participate in the maintenance of our Maritime Heritage. Membership of the Association is open to all who are interested in sailing, building; restoring or simply admiring gaff rigged and other traditionally rigged craft. There is no requirement for members to be boat owners.
Shortly after joining the OGA, I attended the Association’s Annual General Meeting in London. After favourable discussions with several of the Executive I was given permission to form a Canadian Branch of the OGA.
Enthusiasts of traditional rigs from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest are cordially invited to join the Old Gaffers Association - British Columbia Canada area. To promote the new area, membership fees have been temporarily waived. To be included on our mailing list and to receive information and news regarding the date and place of our first meeting, please visit us on Facebook
Facebook Group: The Old Gaffers Association - British Columbia, Canada
Colin Ming,
OGA Canadian Area Representative.
Surrey BC.

No sir officer, we've only been fishing

2,000 HP Outboard Inflatable ...

Here's the latest drug runner toy from Europe ...

This thing belts across the English channel 3 times per week and was just a blur on the radar of the British Coast Guard.

They were so astonished by the speed of the unknown craft, they brought in a special high speed helicopter to chase it. Drugs were found on board. Of course, you'd have to be on drugs to put the throttle down on this thing.

submitted by Bill Tosh


Plan to build Tread Lightly next year. Have built 30 boats since 1979 and started building models that are donated to be auctioned by our local St. Mary’s home for disabled children. My last model of a Buyboat went for $650.00.

Bob Guess

New PDRacer

Hi Chuck

Been in communication with Shorty and regularly with Michael Storer .. bought his plans .. building along on my PD racer .. model that is .. Reading everything .. [twice] I have built the bottom 16" to specs so that the bottom 10"~ 12" is the same as any other PDR - that should qualify ... correct? ... that's what Michael has said.

Paul Boucher

Big Waves @ Mouth Of Humboldt Bay (November 8, 2009)

Photos by Charles McPartland

submitted by Bruce Armstrong

Jig for Gluing Stringers

It helped me to use a jig for gluing the stringers. The jig took a little time to make, but the gluing went faster and the stringers came out straight and even. I put the scarf in the middle where the bend was least.

Glue applied and the stringers in position.
The clamping plate squeezes the joints to the height of the stringer stock separating each piece, so they cannot be over-clamped.
Bottom: Glue squeeze out after removing from the jig.
Top: Cleaned up with 80 grit sandpaper.

When I steamed mine (douglas fir) for the bow twist, they took about 20 minutes at 100 C to get soft, and less than that to harden up again.


Side Loading System

I did a google image search and I came across lots of images of the "Parker craft type" side loading system and eventually found someone in the states making a tow bar version.

It can be found at:

Dave Eager - Auckland NZ

Steel Skiff

Here's a small steel skiff being built in Holland in a metalworking school: (scroll down a bit).

It is on Gavin Atkin's cool website.

There is also a small Dutch dingy/utility boat shown that is to be restored and repainted.

Quite a bit of other stuff worth having a look at too. If you click on "forest-stream" in the links at the bottom of the section it will take you to other pictures of the build.

Cheers, Brian

Calculating the Area of a Balanced Lugsail

I found this calculator useful for sails. It is for working out the square area of a block of land. It saves dividing the area of a four sided sail into two triangles and then adding the results.

Drawing not to scale.

The input goes like this:

When it says recalculating, just click OK and the answer appears.

The result is like this:

My normal calculation answer was 43.34 sqft. Try it!

Now, if someone clever with Math can make something like this that gives the Centre of Effort, we are set to go.

Mike John

(Sorry about the unit of measurement).

Hi Chuck-

Thanks for your willingness to help publicize this event. Below is the flyer/ad copy from Brion’s office. Since it presumes a more local audience, I’ll fill in a few blanks and you can choose what to ‘print’.  The event helps to fund a scholarship to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding ( It is being hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center ( in Port Townsend, and they are donating the space for the class. There is a $60.00 fee, which is a substantial discount from Brion’s regular for-profit workshops. The scholarship is given under the auspices of the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association (which is where I come into it; I’m on the PTMTA board), a non-profit that seeks to further awareness of and  education in the marine trades in Port Townsend. All the organizations involved, with the exception of the donor, Brion Toss Yacht Rigging, are local non-profit outfits.

Thanks again for helping us get the word out on this,
Laingdon Schmidt

Benefit for the Port Townsend

Marine Trades Scholarship Fund

Brion and Crew and You

Hands-on, Great Tools, Great Instruction

     3-Strand Splicing  & Fancywork Workshop

Basic Eyesplice, rope-to-chain splice, buttons and beckets, crown splices, grommets, long splices, mending splices, lanyard knots and more ....

8  Rigger Instructors  &  You choose  the techniques which you want to learn!   

Plus - refinements and tips you probably do not know about - even if you have been splicing a long time!

All materials donated by New England Rope. Bring your own fids - some fids to borrow or purchase.

February  6th   9 to 4 pm

$60 Tuition

Any Additional donation appreciated!

    Northwest Maritime Center

      Port Townsend  

        100 % of donations  for this workshop Benefit the Port Townsend  Marine Trades


Christian Gruye, Director
Brion Toss Yacht Riggers
313 Jackson Street
Point Hudson Marina
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360.385. 1080   shop
360.643.3302  cell


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