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January, 2003

You might be a redneck sailor if....

  • 1.  You think that a binnacle is something painful you get on your foot.
  • 2. Anything having Ahoy in it has to do with cookies.
  • 3. Fathom is something you can barely remember.
  • 4. Knot meter is the grandiant you use to judge just how much your wife really  means NO.
  • 5. Jibe Ho is some slut talking strange.
  • 6. Windlas is what the Texas Rangers are in the first week of the season.
  • 7. Port is cheap wine.
  • 8. Steerage is how much beef you have in the freezer.
  • 9. Starboard is that miracle plastic stuff you use to patch up just about anything in your trailer.
  • 10. You haven't a clew as to the meaning of these jokes.


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Hi Chuck,

It's so tempting to reach for the tools and start cutting out a boat after reading the articles in Duckworks.  However, I must try and stay focused on the home kitchen project for now. Maybe something will need an epoxy fillet along the way. Thankfully, DUCKWORKS will provide a temporary peace within my yearning soul.- VERY NICE canoe by the way!

To show my continued appreciation, I would like to offer a painting tip to all the lucky one's building something that floats.  It's is a simple "roller painting" trick that we use here in the sign shop. With a few minutes of practice, the results can provide a painted "sprayed look" on smooth panels without actually spraying. We are typically roller painting sign panels, but a nice boat hull or some console panels certainly would warrant a beautiful finish too. We work mostly with the heavier bodied oil or latex based paints here at the shop, so I've never tried this method with a polyurethane boat paint. If I get a chance I'll try it and send in the results.

Here are my steps:

First, we prepare a typical paint roller cage by drilling a small hole through the plastic collar piece located nearest the handle/cage shaft entry point. The hole location is not that important, but, the hole diameter should be just large enough to insert a 3"or 4" common nail into the collar piece without a struggle. Basically, we want the nail, when in the hole, to extend just enough to bind the cage and keep the roller pad from revolving.
As always, before painting, make sure the panel has been properly cleaned and tacked off. Also, we usually run our paint through a paint strainer before each use.

Next, without the nail inserted, we paint the panel in the normal "free spinning" roller fashion. We want good surface paint coverage without any dust or debris mixed in. Don't worry about how smooth the finish is yet, just get the paint even. No thin spots. Now, insert the nail into the collar hole and bind the same "paint wet" roller pad against the roller shaft. We want to complete the next step while the paint still flows nicely on the panel surface. If the paint becomes tacky this trick won't work.

Holding the roller and extending an arm out as far as is comfortable, place the roller onto the newly painted panel surface. You could use a short roller extension handle here to gain some "reach" for a long panel. Now, gently pull back using just the weight of the gliding roller back towards you. At the end of your backstroke, gently lift it off the surface. Do not apply any downward pressure while pulling back. As we pull the roller straight back, the still "paint wet" roller pad, will level and smooth the newly painted surface.

Overlap each backstroke by a few inches with the roller pad and repeat the process pulling in the same direction until the entire surface is like glass. Give it a few tries and you'll have it right. If you need a 2nd coat use the same method. If we feel really fussy, we might paint the primer coats like this sometimes too.

We like the 9" gray foam rollers, but have used the short nap with equal success. If you want to take a long break or re-coat the next day, try this to save the roller pad. Seal the paint roller pad, still fresh with paint, tightly in Clear Plastic Wrap and put it in a cool place. The roller pads will keep quite a while if stored this way. I do it rather than waste a roller pad on a quick job or between coats. I've heard that some shops might keep a little "Cold Beer" refrig, (mine?, no way!, never! ) which if true, would work as the cool place for a roller cover. Not the one with the guys use for the lunch pails though !
I hope this tip was helpful! Take Care, Phil Aldo

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Hi Chuck,

Since your magazine has me addicted to boatbuilding (all your fault) I thought I'd send this pic for you and the other addicts. It's a neat story, that started from my grandmother. When I was little, she used to make a miniature village scene with a lake by taking the cotton "snow" material and cutting open an oval shaped hole in it that she put a hand mirror underneath, where I would then place figurines of skaters and build a village around with miniature houses, cars, sleighs etc.

Then, a few days ago, (fast forward thirty years) my wife was setting up the Christmas tree on one of my Dichrolam tables (laminated glass I make, that looks like water) and was thinking about doing the same thing that my grandmother did. Then Tricia pulls out this little wooden boat ornament I had never seen! So I quickly made a miniature "dock" and set up the "lake" scene. Very appropriate since I'm knee deep in the middle of my second glass-bottomed boat. See the progress at:  and click on New Boat Construction.  is a wonderful site to upload pics into your own gallery for free.

Merry Christmas,

John Blazy

I know Robb White will like this one....

Bruce Armstrong

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The following appeared in Messing About in Boats magazine

We have received a ten part series of "Occasional Ramblings from a Small Craft Designer" from New Zealander John Welsford which will run well into summer, and have promise of a supplementary series of his specific designs for you to look over. Our November 15 issue carried a bit of a preview of the latter in John's presentation of his design "Tread Lightly".

John's perspective on small boat design includes more than just the technical details of designing a boat, as he says in this issue's introductory "From the Drawing Board, "I not only discuss the boat's capabilities and strengths, where and how it is intended to be used, the loads it will carry and how far, but also the smell of the salt and the skirl of the gulls overhead, the spray flying as she butts through the rising chop and the warmth from the stove when at last she is at anchor in some remote sheltered cove." You gotta like this approach.

Occasionally we'd hear from someone grumbling about why so much Bolger and so little from any other designers? My answer to that was easy, "Phil sends us his stuff." Those "others" do not trouble to do so, apparently not regarding the opportunity to let you know about their work as being promising enough to warrant the effort to supply articles about it. Now at last we have a new series from a designer of just the sort of small boats we love, one well written with broader perspectives on what this small boating is all about. This came about through the good offices of Chuck Leinweber, publisher (if that's the correct term) of the small boat "online magazine" Duckworks. I suspect many of you who are internet fans are well aware of Chuck's efforts in this alternative form of publishing. If not, have a look at his ad somewhere in this issue.

Chuck has hooked up with John as his US agent and so it is naturally in his best interest to get John's work out before all possible interested persons, including those beyond his internet reach (there are a number of us benighted Luddites despite the assumptions of internetters) and so he's set us up to carry John's writings. Chuck and I have set up a working arrangement for our mutual benefit. On our part we are publishing the Weisford series and Chuck's advertising for Duckworks, while he is publishing advertising for us online for those who might wish to see what we have to offer. He is even signing on subscril)ers for us tlirough his credit card arrangement for doing-such things online. I don't do credit cards for the same reason I don't do a lot of. other of today's hi zoot things, it complicates my life more than I care to have it complicated.

Bob Hicks