Despite constant distractions I have
managed to spend some time in the shed and I think
even you will see that progress has been made. The
transom has been attached. The centercase is now firmly
glued/screwed and bolted into place. The stringers
have all now been attached with only the top 40x40
to fit before I begin lanking.... WHICH I AM LOOKING
You will probably notice that I have
found the BEST CLAMPS to use has been ROPE!!! I will
though start painting the inside of bouyancy tanks
etc and floor as I plank as that will be easier access.
Here are some more photo's of my Little
Hunk project. It seems the stuff I thought would take
the least amount of time is taking the longest amount
I have fitted the bunks,the front seats,the
rear seats,the engine well,a friend of mine is making
the cushions,I will be carpeting the floor and fitting
all the trim,then it will be time to start painting.Once
all that is done it will be time to fit the engine
How not to do
... especially in front of the yacht
submitted by Bruce Armstrong
They Broke the Ice Up
Last weekend we went to visit the
kids and grandkids in Fairbanks. The snow was about
gone there (We still have quite a bit.) but the
melt-off in the borrow pit had about 3/8 inch of
ice on it. The kids wanted to play with the canoes
anyway so they broke the ice up and had a ball.
Here's a couple of pictures.
I can't believe it's been two months since you sent
me the block,
and other goodies. Two of the pictures are of the
block temporarily fastened with my "carpenters
anchor" I told you about.
The other two we just took this morning as I finally
got far enough along to flip the boat upside down
to fiberglass the bottom. My bending to get the brass
strap to fit to the stem is somewhat less than professional,
but it works. Also, it took drilling the holes way
off for the sheave to convince me to purchase a drill
press for the next set of holes that are supposed
to line up. My little 10 oz. ball peen hammer couldn't
smash enough of the brass rod to cover my reamed out
holes and I had to get a harbour freight 20 oz one.
I want to get some graphite
for the bottom after fiberglass
and wanted to find out if your graphite is compatible
with West System epoxy. Please let me know and I will
place an order. I am so grateful for all the help
you, your wife, your forum, and your website have
been to me in my first boat project.
Here are a few shots of the low profile Pointy Skiff
I finally finished.
Its nice and light (about 70lbs.) Just in time, I'm
taking it up to the Sylvania Wilderness tomorrow.
have a pal who has just refurbished a 1930 Hillyard
24-footer and who keeps it along the creek from our
little 19ft plastic cruiser. The boat, Dorma,
is near the boatyard that does a lot of work on old
fishing smacks, and she's among a lot of very beautiful
old boats that you could not but admire. He's done
a damn fine job, I have to say. I've attached a pic
of it being craned over his house.
Here are some photos of Paul Truscott's
new boat on launching day. We need to carry out some
rig adjustments, but the day was successful. I've
just finished building her, and she is of glued-lapstrake
planking using 6mm BS1088 Ochume (I never know how
to spell that word) ply. She is an 'Aber' designed
by the French Naval Architect Francois Vivier - principal
dimensions are 4.30m x 1.48m (14ft 1-1/2in x 4ft 10-1/4in).
Sail area is 9.7sq.m. (104sq.ft) and the rig is a
Dipping Lug. On this first outing we found that the
sail does not need to be 'dipped' when short tacking,
but for optimum performance (and with a capable crew)
dipping would be desirable. I also think that we need
to move the main halyard block to the forrard side
of the mast to get the yard forward a bit for better
The framing is a series of half-frames which also
carry the thwart risers. There is built-in buoyancy
forrard and aft, along with full frames.
The hollow mast is made from Hoop Pine (Bird's Mouth
system) and the solid yard is laminated up from Silver
There are quite a few construction photos on my website
under the 'Projects' button, but I need to update
the section with extra pictures.
We are currently building one of my 'Flint' designs,
and have a Stitch-and-Glue version of 'Phoenix
III' under development (in the design
stage). She is not the same shape as 'Phoenix III'
but will use the same rig, centerboard, and rudder
etc - the hull is a bit wider and she is of a simplified
shape (narrow flat bottom and two strakes per side,
similar to many Phil Bolger and Jim Michalak boats).
I'm hoping to build one of those next, but we will
submitted by Bruce Armstrong
father is busily scanning slides into his computer.
I've come across one picture that seemed a good fit
for Duckworks. It's a fairly large wooden model of
a Spanish tall ship on the beach.
This was taken in 1967, probably at Glyfada, Greece.
It seems to be very heavy, but Dad says they did launch
it and let it float about, powered by the wind. He
doesn't recall what sort of control mechanism may
have been used, probably a line, or a boy swimming
These photos taken today show how the
front bunk cushions are stowed during the day so that
people can walk forward without putting their dirty
feet on the cushions. I think that is rather slick.
The forward drop board also stows between the cushion
and the strap. That too is a neat solution.
The boat is 9 years old and still looks
new. No maintenance other than some little touch ups.
Nothing inside the cabin necessary to this date.
Murphy had a great time on the river.
He is a very safe dog and wears his life jacket always.
Today was the first day of sea trials
for Winnisimmet and Honcho, two of David Nichols'
Indian Girl decked canoes. It
was overcast, with drizzle and a cold east wind, but
Emily, Christopher, Captain Elvin, Rugs and Captain
Papi took the two canoes out for their maiden voyages.
Initial reports were nothing but praise for the ease
of paddling, turning and great stability. Even Captain
Elvin who been known for an unsuccessful Eskimo roll
in the kayak was impressed. Captain Papi even stood
up and did an Irish jig while the canoe was underway.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the "official"
christening and launching on Fathers Day, June 17th.