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As usual the Duckworks articles are rich with GREAT projects, happenings
and articles ! Keep up the hard work ! Congrat's to all the builders out
there. I wanted to share a tip that seems to be working for us in the
skiff. As required, we have our anchor (Danforth for our typical bottom)
with about 100 feet of line. We purchased a medium size plastic pail with
a handle ( at a "dollar store") and keep the line neatly coiled inside.
When needed just pull the line from the pail --- tangle free. This not
only helps eliminate clutter and tangles, it protects the line from any
damage or chafing. Take Care
I just thought the members at Duckworks would like to know about the
intriguing possibilities at
https://www.homeexchange.com/ about exchanging the use of your
boat with another boat owner located somewhere else in the world. Or with
a home owner. We listed our houseboat "Adagio" there last year and
successfully exchanged with a Amsterdam couple who owned a 65' Dutch Barge
in Holland. I'm currently talking with two others about exchanges for next
summer, one in England and the other in Orlando.
This is a really
inexpensive way to cruise distant grounds, as there are no hotel bills, or
boat transporting costs. It bears looking into by anyone who owns a boat
large enough to sleep out on. Home exchange is free to join, and we have a
page on exchanging at my
www.brucesboats.com site also. You meet via email, chat and feel
out each other's abilities and agree on dates. The beauty of most boat
swaps is that they do not have to be simultaneous, since most of us have a
home also. So you can be there when your swappers arrive and go over the
idiosyncrasies of conning your dreamboat.
p.s. The attached photo is my wife Elaine and I on the bow of our
houseboat "Adagio" in front of the Bolt Castle Boathouse. Yep, boathouse,
it was large enough that his 100 foot schooner could go in with the sticks
till up. Quite a boat house. And yes, that's a Honda 200 on the deck,
really extends our cruising range.
Sorry about the delay in updating Free Boat Design Resources - but
I've been busy
building a boat!
(click picture to enlarge)
Thought I'd take a minute away from working on Ace and send along an
aerial photo of the marina made in the last few days. The view is looking
north downriver with Elliott Bay and Puget Sound in the Background.
A composite made of recycled materials, All-A-BoardTM
from ELF Products, Inc. is aggressively penetrating the marine industry as
a plywood replacement. Stronger and more durable than other plywood
replacements, All-A-BoardTM has set new industry standards for compression
strength and absorption rates. The evolution of composite materials is
continuing at an unprecedented pace, primarily because the performance
characteristics of wood are not sufficient to meet the evolving needs of
All-A-BoardTM is more advantageous in some applications
than polyurethanes, foam or foam-based products, and fiberglass. In marine
applications that need more compression strength, screw retention and
lower absorption rates, it surpasses other core materials that have thus
far been offered.
All-A-BoardTM is a recycled plastic cellulose and glass
fiber reinforced composite ideal for applications which require a durable,
non-rotting sheet product with superior wet applications and screw
retention capabilities such as backer blocks, stringers, boat bulkheads
and flooring. When considering its performance characteristics and price,
All-A-BoardTM is an excellent value. Recent test results yielded a typical
value of less than 1% in both Water Absorption and Moisture Content tests.
All-A-BoardTM has also demonstrated superior screw retention of 400-500
lbs. as well as significantly higher core compression of 3,000-4,000 psi.
Its shear strength is double that of marine plywood or urethanes.
Jerry Foley, President
ELF Products, Inc.
820 South Euclid Ave
Tucson AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 622-3566
Fax: (520) 622-3610
My family and I visited Cypress Gardens, just northwest of
Charleston, South Carolina, and guess what I discovered - BOATS! The place
is an old rice plantation that was converted to a park years ago, and they
have a small fleet of boats that one can take on a well-marked trail
through a cypress swamp. All were flat-bottomed skiffs, a few being of
ply-and-fiberglass construction. Most, however, were rather old-looking
cypress-plank boats that were glassed on the outside. I asked how old they
were, and the fellow at the visitor's center said they had probably been
there for about sixty years. They had the glass on the outside to cope
with all the rough use guests give them.
had no camera with me, and the visitor's center didn't have any
disposables. Next time I'll bring one - and a tape measure.
If you're in this part of South Carolina, the place is worth the trip, and
quite reasonable pricewise.
Their website is
Thought you might want to see them together. Cassie was finally able
to come visit and pick up her boat. There also a pic of us. Me in my HV
and Cassie in her Barney boat Std! She was quite surprised to get the
color she wanted, and loves it! Had a great time! She's a natural and has
been in all of my boats at one time or another!
It always slower than I imagined it would be but the third (!) new
bottom is finished. This time the setup is for a 2001 85hp Seadoo GS. I
learn more every time and this time I learned that plain old 9 oz. cloth
is much easier to work with than the 7.2 oz. satin weave I used before. It
was also a pleasure to work with a newer engine (compared to the 18 year
old Kawasaki 550). Here's a photo of the drive train layout. I set the
components in the hull to get accurate deck height and bulkhead placement.
Unfortunately, this version will have the tell tell "hump" for the engine
- couldn't help it, Gavin drew the original plans for a 550 Kawasaki and
the Seadoo exhaust is two inches higher.
I'm still shooting for a trout fishing trip in November so I hope
the next photos will be of a completed Jetfish. I'm looking forward to
meeting you again at one of the messabouts next spring - this time Jetfish
will blow your hat off!
PS. For updates on Jetfish see:
Mark Siddle of East Coraki in Australia's New South
Wales built his
Penguin “Pingu” (a cartoon featuring a penguin called Pingu) over a
period of several years, and has very recently launched her into the river
near his home. We had several exchanges of letters over the time he was
hammering away and by all accounts he has enjoyed the building process.
been good enough to send me a number of photos which I will be using along
with fellow Aussie Greg Pullens photos of his “Little Wing” to start a
Penguin Builders archive in my site at
Mark tells me that he is amazed at the space inside, he compares her very
favourably with a 26 foot long keel yacht that he knows well , and has
sent me a photo of his Daughter standing with comfortable headroom under
the main hatch of this 22 ft ( 6.4m) Gaff rigged trailer yacht.
Greg Pullen’s photos of Little Wing under sail on a seriously windy day on
the river in Hobart will be up soon, and show that the design can stand up
to a bit of adverse weather, Mark is away on a long trip , wont be home
until after Christmas but you can bet that I am looking forward to hearing
about the first cruise on Pingu.
Just uploaded the pictures from
the messabout we had last weekend:
Had a great time, thanks again to all that came.
here in Holland there is a lot
off water to sail on ........canals , lakes , sea ....but since the year
2000 we have a sial-license like a drivers licence. All boats thant
can do 25 km/ph or more must have a captain with a "vaarbewijs" (licence)
there we many accidents with fast boats so i can understand why they made
this rule. but even a rubber dingy with 10 hp outboard does 25 km/ph
new project foto's coming soon herring skif.....
Hilco from Holland
From an anonymous reader.