Timely reports of interesting goings on from
around the boat building world. If you have pictures of anything of
interest please send them in for posting. Don't be shy. Send to:
From Dale Ruth
Thought I'd send this photo ( sent to me by my employer, a cool guy
) to complement the photo of a truck that was saved from plunging
precariously down a cliff by the boat it was towing. Seems to me that
boats are always saving land vehicles and it's occupants from catastrophe
as this pic also shows.
From Gavin Atkin
My long standing buddy Chris Warner is a fine painter and
illustrator, and is interested in undertaking some commissions at very
reasonable prices - and I'm talking about prices that many DIY boat
builders would not baulk at! He's happy to work with any photographs you
Anyway check out his excellent work here:
and his website here
From Larry Pullon
I'm about done nursing my wife back to health (have a
renewed appreciation for all she does!) and have gotten back to work on
There is very little "woodworking" on the hull and the transom is one of
those areas. I am happy to report I got lucky again and the trim across
the top came out fine. This time I'm trying some all weather construction
glue (comes in a caulk tube - F-22) been told it is the strongest glue you
can buy. Seems to work OK for now. Guess we'll find out when thing start
twisting on the water!
Talking about twisting. I added four foot doublers on the inwales right in
the area between the front and rear decks. I noticed this area flexing
during trials (not to mention the failed scarf joint) so decided this was
the best fix. I took this photo before I stained it (easier to see) -
after staining they are hardly noticeable.
I made two changes install the jetski hull. First, I used high density
plastic instead of wood for spacers under the hull. Second, I used
conveyor belt bolts instead of lag bolts. Conveyor belt bolts have a large
flat had (like a coin) and will eliminate the "bumps" I had the first time
I think you are going to like the Jetfish decals I had made for the back
and sides. Sorry about the picture - the flash quite last year. The decals
are blue and gold.
click to enlarge thumbnails
From T. J. Lilliman
I didn't know if you'd be interested in adding this to your
battleship or replica section or not but WOW! Also, what's the score on
scanning old popular mechanics boat plans for the web ? Is that taboo? I
have several of the simpler designs.
From Steven Lewis
Chuck, I'm knee deep in building 2 boats right now. One is the 10ft
skiff you've read about, Fisher10, and the other is Chugger, one of my
other designs (one that's garnered quite a bit of interest too). The
boats are under "Being Built". I'm also thinking of starting an "Apartment
Boat" in the next couple of weeks, depending on work and weather. I have
plans to build 6 or 7 boats in total this summer. The site's address is:
From Mike Connelly
Mike Connelly here, high and dry in Beijing for a month. Couldn't believe
that photo Boat Saves Driver, Truck! Amazing! And enjoyed the update on
Summer Breeze (which I may wind up building myself this year, still on the
boats here-- there's the Marble Boat that was instrumental in bringing
down the final Chinese Dynasty. There are reports that they have started
running boats between the Imperial City and the Summer Palace but I
haven't seen them yet. That's about it, boatwise, in this landlocked
capitol city on the edge of an unfortunately large desert.
Having fun here, but looking forward to returning to Boat Mode next month
From Ken Abrahams
2002 Contraband Days Festival
Lake Charles Yacht Club / Contraband Days Sailboat Regatta
May 11, 2002
Contact: Ken Abrahams 337-583-7560
The Lake Charles Yacht Club will sponsor its annual Contraband Days
Sailboat Regatta on Saturday, May 11, 2002. This Regatta has been an
annual event since 1969. The event is open to all sailors and is always a
day of fun on the water. Registration will begin at 8:00 am at the Yacht
Club at 1305 North Lakeshore Drive, under the I-10 bridge. Skippers
meeting will be at 9:30 am. There will be a total of three races (weather
permitting) beginning at 10:30 am. All classes of sailboats are invited to
participate. Entry fee is $25 and includes food and drink at the party
following the regatta. Trophies will be given for the top three finishers
in each class. The regatta can be viewed from practically anywhere along
the lake front. Tee-shirts will be available for sale.
For more information contact Ship to Shore Co. at 337-474-0730 or the Lake
Charles Yacht Club clubhouse at 337-433-9257. Also, visit our web site at
Click here for entry form
This is a fun regatta.
Camping on the grounds is permitted.
Fireworks show on the lake saturday night.
Come hang out, swimming beach, air conditioned building, rest rooms,
launch ramp, etc.
From T. J. Lilliman
Here's a one-person southern belle designed by me. This is
the one I'm going to build. And lose 30 pounds or my wife will have to
have the pleasure of taking her out!
From Richard Frye
Couldn't stand it anymore and had to get to the lake! Met Scott along with
his Pocket Cruiser at the landing, and we set out. We explored an island
that is 2 miles from the landing. There was a headwind so tacking slowed
him down quite a bit. I made it to the island before he did, and even
stopped a couple of times to rest. Amazing! My average speed in the Yakoo
was 3.5 mph...although with some doing I managed to get 4.5 out of her one
time, but I'm not in the kinda shape it takes to maintain that
speed....maybe if I was 30 years younger!
Anyway, we had a blast. The Yakoo was fully loaded with enough
camping gear to last me a month or so, including a heater for my tent! She
did very well with all that weight, and was extremely stable. I had far
too much gear, but I wanted the weight factor for testing! The winds
picked up later that afternoon, and she surprised me again by handling 2
foot waves with ease! Even the fast rolling wakes from powerboats didn't
seem to have much effect on her at all!
We explored just about the entire lake from Friday morning till late
Saturday afternoon. Saturday we towed her behind the Pocket Cruiser while
under sail and with winds nearing 25mph running full reefs the Yakoo towed
well and seemed to enjoy surfing on the wake at times. The weather was
cool bur not unbearably cold. Had a blast and I even got another order
from the manager of the marina!
On the island
The island is a mile from the marina and he could see me coming
across the lake and into their quaint little harbor. As I was leaving he
just asked how much I charged to build one and then said, the next time I
was there to drop one off! He wants a blue one! She is really turning out
to be a good all around get away machine for fishing and camping or just
messing around! Scott can also give his report too! I think he was quite
taken with this boat! This will be number 5.....and of course everyone
wants the Angler model with the larger cockpit! And it is even possible to
lay down and sleep in a shallow anchorage. I'm fixing the boom tent today!
Problem is ....you just don't have much room to roll over!
From phil aldo
Hi, We're first time boat builders and having a ball !!!! --- I
thought we would share a tip with you since we ( myself & sons) REALLY
enjoy reading all the great articles. I know it's cheap payback for
such great stories and info but here they are.
1. Check out the food warehouse stores for the plastic disposable
gloves. The food handler gloves are very economical when working with
epoxy. I find them comfortable, more so than the latex.
2. When you want to cure that epoxy and save a few bucks on the
heating bill --- use the sun on good days -- we wrap our hull in heavy
mil. black plastic and roll her out into the sun. The plastic sheeting is
available at any of the Home Discount places and it heats up like a solar
panel even on cold days. Helps keep the shop floor open for the next step
or worse, WORK !
Thanks for the magazine --- Phil A & boys