January Reports
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By Duckworks Readers

What is it?

Hey Chuck, strippers got lots of forms!

Larry Pullon

chuck....this'll work!...Bruce Armstrong

The Concept Boat 2005 competition

was launched at the Southampton Boat Show 2004 and has now closed. The theme for the competition was to a design a boat for recreational or commercial craft of up to 24m lengths the theme called ‘Boating for all’

Thought you might enjoy these.

Foilkayak - a 15 mph hydrofoil kayak. it's no joke


Hello Chuck , I Found this Podcast From England About Building a Coracle , And Thought you might be able to use it, You can offer it as a link and it can be downloded as a mp3 file to transfer to an mp3 player, or just listen to on your computer, It lasts about 15 mins, I have found many boat related Podcasts , some are really good and if this will work for you I will pass them on as I find them
Regards Steve Dandridge


A neat video clip that a guy singlehanding on a Dana 24 took, camera mounted on a kite.


Tod Mills

Chuck: Ultimately, all this gear is a natural outgrowth of the enthusiasm for the Tolman design and skiff. The internet -- via Steve Dampier's www.fishyfish.com -- allows folks from all over the world to join together and share a common passion, in this case the skiffs designed by a guy in Homer, Alaska, Renn Tolman. Growth of the design has led to a common desire to tell others about our shared passion.

Some folks like me do this thru photography and stories, Duckworks being a wonderful resource to 'spread the word'. Others spread the word differently: The Tolman group's Yahoo site has a chief engineer, Brian Dixon (Briandixon7@comcast.net). He's been thru the Westlawn Yacht Design program and he's responsible for making the logo available and answering lots of the technical building questions. Other members with vast boat buildiing experience keep Brian honest on the site. Neal Schlee <neal@lasertechalaska.com> from Anchorage is the guy responsible for the Tolman kits which speed the 'time to build' by months. Neal also is the guy who made up the hip flask and mug. His main business is trophies and so he's in a good position to bring this sort of stuff to market.

My daughter Lorelei is a graduate of the UCLA Film and TV graduate program, writes in Hollywood (https://home.earthlink.net/~kullervo/) and is also an artist -- she designed the Tolman logo which has Renn's approval. All this owner-activity is, in my view, proof that the Tolman design is breaking out of the clutter of the home-made category and growing into a recognized "brand". With this public recognition will come improved resale values, owners meetings (a bunch of us are meeting on the Columbia River this summer for a TOG Meeting) and other benefits enjoyed by owners of "store-bought" plastic boats -- and we know our skiffs are better than any of the outboard powered production skiffs available......Bruce Armstrong

International Boat Builders Co-oP Forum

Hello everyone, John Cupp here working outside my tool crib for a change. Speaking of change I was sick and tired of having the price of all of my boat building products go up every week. Plywood, lumber and finishing supplies are already at all time high dollar amounts and there is no change on the horizon if we let the big companies control our future. Now if we follow the model of the Farmers Co-ops except making it a non-profit organization we can have a group that can help all of us. When people band together we can get a lot more done and cheaper by the way. Besides would it hurt to get to know other people like yourself in your area by meeting them and sharing ideas? What a concept, a place where you work to improve you wood situation and maybe help a first time boat builder who will become a life long addict like the rest of us.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I pour over countless plans for my next boat but lately I have been looking at the price of lumber more than the merits of the design. In boat building that is a sin. Now can we have a chance to look at designs and go back to the 1960’s for the price of lumber. That should be a huge difference in price. I am so sure that this is going to work I have a gentlemen sending me plans to build a trailerable saw mill. It will be long enough to cut the longest logs to beams and lumber. Now I am disabled and I am going to build the model saw mill that can cut the lumber and beams in a day and then transport it back to where each co-op can dry and store the lumber. I would not go through all of this trouble if I did not think that this could provide the best tool for a co-op model. I am also willing to front all the money to build this mill and do a full review on how well the system works.

This is not going to make me any money. This will not make Chuck any money, all this will do is help prove the feasibility of the co-op to save you boat builders money. That is how convinced I am of this project. Now I set up a group web site at yahoo so everyone can have their say and be able to read what is sent in. I have been inundated with emails about the co-op but no-one else can read all of my emails so a group home is better for sharing ideas and concerns. All I ask is that if you have a concern about the co-op try to find a solution to that problem then send in the remarks. Send them to and join https://groups.yahoo.com/group/boatbuildingco_op/messages

This will certainly make the group much better. So please join - we need all of your input on this matter. Even if you do not join, go and have a look, something might attract your attention or you might have a good idea after reading some of the posts. This can not hurt our boat building and might bring us excellent international attention. Who knows we could actually make the price of lumber lower in sales at retail stores and the co-op. Everything is possible and we need your ideas.

From my seat at my computer outside of the tool crib,

John Cupp

In 2003, the launch of Paul Allen's 127m (416ft) "Octopus" secured its
number one position as the world's largest yacht. Microsoft's "accidental billionaire" Paul Allen - worth US$20 billion according to Forbes - built Octopus at a cost of over US$200 million and has permanent crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals. It has two helicopters, seven boats, a 10-man submarine, and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the ocean floor. An unbelievable collection of fifty-three images are now posted on the Scuttlebutt website:
Submitted by ChrisO

New Ways to Race Sailboats
By David "Shorty" Routh
PDRacer.com / ShortyPen.com

So there are now 62 Puddle Duck Racers in the world, but we were having a slight problem -- many of the boats are spread out many miles from each other and it is too far to drive for a regular type sailboat race. Plus many people do not like to do the typical round the bouy type racing. Since we are all about being cheap, creative, and having fun on the water -- we scratched our heads and came up with several new ways to compete against each other on a solo basis:

Voyage Challenge
How far can you sail in a PD single trip?

Peak Speed Record
How fast can you get your PD to go, peak speed as measured by GPS?

Speed Over Distance Record
How quickly can you get your PD to travel over a distance? There are several mile ranges.

Speed Over Distance by Paddle or Pedal
How quickly can move PD by paddle instead of sail power? There are several mile ranges.

Global Match Race Circuit
This concept is currently under construction, since we have a Portsmouth rating, we are trying to figure a way to race against other rated boats and acumulate points.

All of these records can be set in small bodies of water by making laps.
For more info, see the articles page at PDRacer.com:

We have also recently added MANY sailboat games ideas, see the sailboat game page at PDRacer.com:


Hi Chuck, I am sending the pictures of a little trawler/tugboat. This showed up at our local harbor this spring. I wish I had seen it under construction. It is not boatbuilding construction, it is fine cabinetry. I'll try to get more information on it.
Bob Chamberland

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Well after a few weeks of Family and other committments I am finally able to find time to get back to work on Navigator.
I have just cutout the bottom panel...
Robbie Powick

New Catamaran Builder in Brazil Launching in January 2006


Avante Yachts is a dedicated and well experienced North American - European team with many years in the Marine Industry opening a new boatyard in Brazil. The primary aim of the company is to build innovative, sail and power multihulls using the latest eco-friendly, cost-effective marine technology on the market.


(PRWEB) November 2005 -- Avante Yachts Ltda (https://www.avanteyachts.com) - a Brazilian company is set to launch their new boatbuilding operation in a facility near Recife, Brazil in early 2006.

The well experienced North American - European team, with many years in the Marine Industry, are primarily aiming to build innovative, sail and power multihulls using the latest eco-friendly, cost-effective marine technology on the market.

"We feel that Brazil is a viable option to building boats in China - as so many other boatbuilders in the industry look east," stated Allen Brown, an American partner in the new venture. "And that's for a number of great reasons... including the outstanding government support mechanisms in place to support boatbuilders in this country," he added.

Company co-founder Brown attended MIT in the sixties and has been a boatbuilder for over 20 years - bringing a wealth of innovative and creative engineering to the company.

"Not only do we feel that using emerging technologies to drastically save on the cost of, or completely eliminate fossil fuels (it may be inevitable), makes sense... I think it's simply smart boatbuilding to use what tools and products we have available to build better, more efficient boats," said Richard Kastelein, Brown’s partner. "And the fact that we can build boats that are more environmentally friendly in an increasingly more sensitive ocean environment also adheres to our ethos."

Like so many areas of technology that are growing exponentially due to the general explosion of knowledge in the information age - incredible advances in alternative and more efficient marine industry alternatives for power, design and communications are very real. And very exciting.

"What was not feasible three years ago is very possible now," added Kastelein."At the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) show in Amsterdam this year it was clear that cutting edge composites, prepregs, moulds and resin infusion are the answer when it comes to requirements for stronger and lighter laminates, less wasteful production, better use of labour and cleaner working environments."

The company owners stated they plan to build a variety of boats using hybrid diesel-electric and straight electric drives for propulsion in their catamarans in order to capture market share in what they feel is the next wave in the industry due to the rapidly rising cost of fuel and pollution-restricting legislation.

"Imagine an electric day charter sail catamaran for a hotel that is plugged in to shore power every night and runs every day without a drop of combustible fuel," stated Kastelein. "No pollution affecting sensitive reefs, lowering of operational costs, less noise, and no offensive diesel fumes - it’s a win, win situation."

The group not only has day charter catamarans on their mind - but has also been discussing the production of cruising power and sail catamaran lines with several designers. With a startup five-axis CNC plug maker in Paraguay offering affordable moulds, Avante Yachts are looking towards capitalizing on the latest technologies in yacht construction to fuse efficiency, strength and quality in their boats. The incredible success of The Catamaran Company, who sold over 250 boats last year has also caught their attention.

"After ten years in the vibrant Caribbean industry, it became clear that catamarans would take over many of the markets including day charter, term charter, and the cruising crowd," said Kastelein. "The incredible success of catamarans.com is a clear litmus test of what's to come. Baby boomer's are entering retirement and have comfort in mind... and hands down, a catamaran wins when it comes to chartering, living aboard and the cruising life."

The advantages of building in Brazil include - a government program allowing for duty free importation of quality marine products from overseas for boatbuilders that export their final product out of the country, a large pool of talented craftspersons, competitive salaries, low cost of living, vast array of fine products such as farmed hardwoods, resins, composites, fibreglass and much more... all produced in the large and diverse country of over 200 million people.

Brazil recently put a rocket into space, they build jets that compete with Boeing and Airbus, refine uranium and are now making moves towards joining the G8 - which dispels the common idea that it is a 'Third World' nation.

Access to the American market from the bulge of Brazil is thin as Trinidad in the Caribbean lies a mere 1200 miles north of the facility. And the Caribbean lies on the doorstep of Miami, Florida - the heart of the global boating industry.

Brazil's boating industry is in its infancy - with little over a 1000 pleasure boats built per year. And, in Brazil, there is only one boat for 1,600 people, compared to one boat for 20 in the US or 1:7 in New Zealand.

However, a mature supply chain with a surprising amount of cost-effective products and services such as hardwoods, fiberglass, resins and composites, metal products and fabrication (aluminum and stainless are subsidized by the Brazilian government), as well as marine grade wiring, marine lighting, and a slew of other products are readily available.

For more information please visit www.avanteyachts.com .

Warm Regards

Richard Kastelein
Avante Yachts - Brazil