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Well, a couple of days ago I could go outside in comfort with no jacket. Winter decided to hit this weekend. The sun had eaten up the outer tarp I had covering my Toon2 so I went and got a new one yesterday and got it put on just in time. This is what it looks like this morning.

I don't keep anything covering the duck. I just have it sitting on sawhorses. I guess if I kept it in the garage or up on the porch I would have less maintenance on it every year.


New Boat Design

Hi Chuck

I have just published a website for a new design called the club 6.50m:

It's a 6.50 m boat, a great trailer sailer which can be built as either a classic or modern design. Its so simple to build simpler than Steve redmond's Elver but with a hull shape more akin to the Elan 210!

Hope you like it.

I am looking for a builder so i'm offering free plans to anyone who proves they're building one.

Many thanks
A long term duckworks fan!


My name is Bill Nolen, and I am the new Owner/Moderator of the PDGoose Owners web site.

I am trying to develop a new-up-to-date list of PDGoose Owners, and Builders. If you own a PDGoose, or are building one of these wonderful 4-foot by 8-foot square sailboats, or you have ordered the Duckworks plans for the Goose, PLEASE send me the following information so I can add you to the list:

First and last name. 

City and State 

Type of Goose: (PDGoose, Oz Goose, Ooze Goose or any Cabin Goose.) 

Please send this information direct to

Thank you, 

Bill Nolen


Mystery Boats

Dear Boatbuilders we have 3 vintage clinker boats we are trying to trace the history of. All these boats are New Zealand built and are a unique part of our Maritime History. The first one is a very curvy little lady and was found at Otaki tip in 2003 she is 5ft 6inch long built around 1910-1930s

The second is a 16ft fantail oil launch built around 1895 converted to sail 1960s all the yellow area was added at this time. she sank in the Frankton arm at Queens town in 1984ish was salvaged then went to Cromwell 10 years then Alexandra 15 years as a garden ornament

The 3rd boat we have just picked up she is 11ft 6inch sailing dinghy Known as the Stewart Island clinker taken from there 1960s we have not been able to confirm this yet she has a Kauri hull the Ribs are copper riveted shear down to riser then clenched to keel. The Knees stem Ribs and stern timbers all look like Kauri yet to be confirmed all Knees stem ex are natural crooks if Kauri she was built up North Auckland area sail is canvas all hand stitched with hemp bolt ropes main sheet is hemp spars are kauri appear to be young trees Knots and all just shaped up to fit??? Oars are a pair of very early factory made can not quite read the manufacturer but has Auckland on them.

Our contact details are below

Peter and Angela Murton
Murton's Timbercraft
249 Appleby Highway
RD 1
Tasman 7081
Ph 03 544 1818
Fax 03 544 80 90
Pete 0274 518027
Angela 0274 441546

Paul Gartside

Hi Chuck...

Just a note. Paul Gartside has moved. He used to live just up the West Saanich Road from my place here on Vancouver Island but he managed to find a nice piece of waterfront Dowe East in Nova Scotia.

He has moved from Sidney, British Columbia to Shelby, Nova Scotia

He has a nice new website as well ....worth a look....gotta put in a plug for a Canuck designer...:^)



Paul Gartside moved from BC to Nova Scotia several years ago.  I mention this because the header on today's article on oar leathering has him still located in BC.



Whittled down

Hi, I've had an ad running attempting to sell some unused boat plans. Starts out as" Various Boat Plans."

I guess it's time to delete the ad. The last one I sold a while back almost cost me as much as I got just to mail it, so I have to rethink everything anyway.

I've whittled down a stack almost to my knees, of ideas and dreams my dad had; some he built, some never got built. I too have the same dilemma. Living in a small house with no work space, windy and rainy on the Oregon coast just 2 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River, you can't really work on something without inside space..

There are just too many cheap boats on Craigslist to spend what time I have left on this earth drulling over a boat on paper, I just need to get something that floats and get back on the water before my estate has to deal with whatever partial build I've created.

But that doesn't mean I'll be gone, I still lurk on the site several times a day, and reading posts. It helps tremendously in being able to close my eyes and see myself on one of those adventures.. When I was 18YO in 1970  and stationed at Ft Eustis, VA and learned about the Intercoastal Waterway, I told myself someday, I'm going to do that. I'm not dead yet, but I'm 3000 miles away, and have a wife that isn't interested (sigh).


Catalina Island

I find paddling too onerous to rely upon in a larger boat and while Mr. Hess does not give size in his article, I recommend thinking about oars.

I sailed my old 22', 4500 lb. keel boat, Passage, engineless for ten years. When I was younger. That was in the lower Columbia River which had an advantage of tidal influence for going both directions. However, a current running three knots at times also had its own set of issues.

What enabled me to move when there was no wind was a pair of ten foot long spruce oars. I sat on the companionway entry with the tiller between my knees and could, once way was established, row very well at about two knots steering with the main rudder. While not enough to buck the tide, it was enough to get out of main channels and find anchorage if the wind was too light.

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