Hi Chuck - in your letters section for
August, you published a short note from Seattle writer
Tim Yeadon, who forwarded Seattle-area boatbuilder
Eric Hvalsoe's new website.
What Tim didn't tell you is that he
took a class with Eric a while back, then went out
and built a wonderful 15-foot Matinicus Peapod (named
BIG FOOD). Tim's boat looked great! Perhaps you can
prevail upon him to tell us how he built it with accompanying
here's a picture
of Tim's boat BIG FOOD at the Seattle Center
For Wooden Boats Boat Festival, taken 2 July
You mentioned photos. Here is a shot of a boat my
cabinet shop built. The boat is Bolger's Elegant punt.
We launched her in Sarasota Bay (FL), rowed around
a bit and then retired to O'Leary's Cocktails in Paradise
for lunch and liquid refreshment. I eventually intend
to use the boat as a tender for my sailboat.
I love your magazine. Keep up the good
Today was the first day of sea trials
Girls Winnisimmet and Honcho. 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.
Sure liked the report
on sail material by the high school girl. Makes the
Bainbridge material look much above the rest. I'm
also going to make sure my sails are dry in the future.
Can't tell you how many times I've raised the main
to find water pooled in the rolled sail. Never realized
this was harmful---water hurting sail material--doesn't
sound right. Lee
Picture is a trial I'm running on a method of attaching
nets to tri's. I saw it at the shop of Lone Star Multihull
in Brownsville and am attempting to copy for the 31'
- what do you think?
Hi Chuck I am trying my hand at building
Diablo I have fooled around with it a couple months
after work and some weekends I just took a few pics
I started with plywood from Maine coast lumber and
mdo from a local yard epoxy from NH and then from
Fla paint from e-bay and full size patterns from compass
rose in Maine I hope to be on the water next week
a little later than I had hoped I also have been working
on the power bought an old Evenrude 15 salty sailboat
pusher getting her cleared up was a challenge then
another 15 Johnson looks good it was a lobster boat
backup but never in salt and finally an 70's 25 that
useto run from lake Champlain that is still in the
car hope you like the pics I'm sanding and spar varnishing
today - Eric Mills
I had the opportunity to attend one
of David Nichols' boat building classes recently and
put this Flyfisher together. There will be a full
article in an upcoming issue of Duckworks.
By the way, you can see just a bit of the Walkabout
I am working on in the background.
The Good Ship
Its a small world - as my email was
sending to you, Ian Allen, in New Zealand was mailing
me pictures he found of his old boat Sofala. It's
his story you published.
The first pictures are of the boat
at RCYC, Cape Town and in the clubs moorings. The
one in the fog and on the hard is at Saldahna YC some
60 miles NW of Cape Town. The last picture with two
guys in the cockpit and sailing in Table Bay, is Ian
himself (with beard) on the left. I do not recognise
the other person. You may want to update Sofalas tale?
the Chicagoland messabout group did
a test run at Ruck Cut State Park with great success!
Nice little lake with camping right on the water.
Almost on the WI/IL border and not much powerboat
traffic with the 10hp no wake limitation. This group
will probably be getting more active!
And check out the photos of what Chris Feller and
I got to see as we were leaving, after everyone else
took off! This guy restored this Dispro over 50 years,
starting when he got the engine in high school. When
he finally got the hull it had no ribs or furniture.
A first class job! It started on the first spark and
let me tell you, that thing hauls ass for a displacement
speed boat. Just smokes along and maybe 8 mph with
almost no wake.
I purchased Jim
Michalaks book from you around January.
I started building Jonsboat
in February and just got her finished the end of
June. I haven’t put a motor on it yet but
installed oarlocks and have taken it out twice.
It handles like a dream. The oars I am using are
a bit short, they came with my inflatable pontoon
boat, yet I can row this boat faster and more accurately
with 600 pounds of people and gear than I can my
little inflatable. I attached a picture for you,
my little girl loves it!
Thank you for your help, I hope to build a sailboat
sometime, though its going to be a while because
my wife says she needs the garage back for a bit.
Chuck and Sandra, got the Silvertip
Epoxy and FG
Tape Friday and started using it same
night; got the insides taped. Worth every penny and
better than what I was using. Stays workable for 20+
minutes but cures fast. The 1st picture shows the
fillet before taping.
Currently building an 8ft Benford dinghy from the
Small Craft book, and using 4mm meranti (I never spell
that right). The 2nd picture shows it this afternoon
after I flipped it and started plugging holes. This
one is for cap'n Ron to use. I'm trying to keep the
weight down so he can carry it in and out of the water
easily, and take advantage of the light winds in the
coves around here. The floor frames will be southern
yellow pine; the rest of the woods will be w cedar,
pine and cypress to keep light.
The third picture is the 12.5 ft boat my son and
I have worked on the past 2 years. Sort of a dory/skiff
thing. Ron found some salvage mahogany bannisters
we ripped into strips for the seats after I saw Barrett's
Navigator. I got a good deal on salvage redwood siding
that I ripped for removeable floorboards. The rails
and breasthook are actually glassed poplar. Getting
close to launching. I'll get with you on the sail;
I'll need some advice on a high-peaked balanced lug
or a sprit, trying to work out the right size and
Nichols' book. Interesting story too;
Cary designed the hull for his high school senior
project. We liked the half hull so much we started
building it full size.
Once again, thanks to you and Sandra for doing what
Stacy D. Smith
The bow of our Caledonia. We are temporarily using
sails off of a Drascombe long boat. Naturally, they
don't fit well. I talked with you some months back
about making the sails for this boat. We are just
about ready for you to make those sails. We bought
a Schaffer 550 Free Furler for this boat. I can fax
you a sketch of what I feel the size of the sails
Letter to Michael
I am helping my kids build three Oz
PDRacers. Thanks for great plans. The
first picture is my youngest child with his partially
completed boat. The second picture is of three partially
completed hulls in the garage... visible in the back
ground is the transom of my Marisol Skiff by Gifford
I would like to get my hands on the
plans plans for a Fisherman 13", as per attached
photograph. It looks like a neat little boat which
will suit my fishing needs. Is it possible to fill
the boat with either bottles or foam to make it unsinkable?
I am from South Africa and fish in estuaries and lagoons
and sometimes 2 to 3 miles offshore.
I would like to know what the cost of
the plans is and where I can order it from.
This is sort of a current status thing
on the XCR canoe/trimaran.
The main, canoe (vaka) hull is now just about complete.
All that is left is the final carbon cloth wrap on
the aft thwart and a clear coat of the whole carbon
cockpit coaming and thwarts. Everything else is painted.
The bottom is coated with a graphite/epoxy paint for
wear proofing against rocky beaches.
The amas only need their final coat of paint to be
As you can see from the photos, the boat is going
to be a knockout when on the water.
As reported before, the boat has been out sailing
twice now and the second session was in winds of 15-18
knots. At 200 pounds, ready to sail, she clips along
pretty good in the stronger breezes. I'm sure the
new owner will be having a blast on his planned adventure
.....An idea that might make some smaller
lakes more pleasant for rowing and sailing ..... A
few "fixed' signs should do the trick....:^)
Usually when you see water of this
clarity and hue where the kayaks appear suspended
in air, you assume a tropical locale.
But in this case, the spot is Lake
Superior, specifically Miners Castle at the Picture
Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The water, at the end of July, was a bracing 55 degrees
(which is actually warmer than I thought Lake Superior
got) and these folks had to paddle a few miles to
get here. (Insert Minerscastle picture here) The picture
is shot from an observation deck, atop a cliff more
than 100 feet above the water. Anyone familiar with
the location might note that there used to be two
knobby extrusions on top of Miners Castle; the second
one, yielding to the effects of erosion, fell into
the lake last spring, before the tourists and tour
boats arrived. No one actually saw it, although some
folks heard the crash. I guess should wouldn't want
to be anywhere near that in a kayak as the resulting
wave might be a bit of a problem. We took a tour boat,
and the captain said there a major rockfall about
once a year along the 15 or so miles of the sandstone
cliffs, which range up to about 200 feet high.
Gary Blankenship and Helen Snell
I finally finished my Philsboat
and have a few photos of it. My wife Caroline and
I spent two nights on it in the North Channel of Lake
Huron earlier this week. The rowing arrangement is
not ideal, but it works.
on Steroids sailing photos
some photos of the first sailing of my 22-foot lug
ketch dory. Diascund Reservoir, New Kent
County, Virginia, July 25, 2007
In the 1930s depression my father Ed
Kellaway and my father-in-law Maurice Callaghan were
among a group that decided to establish an athletic
club for the city's youth to keep them occupied during
those difficult years. Maurice mortgaged the family
home to obtain the funds for lumber to build a club
house on the water lot provided by the City of Belleville.
The club was known as the South End Athletic Club
and in addition to baseball, hockey and other team
sports the club also promoted theatre, boxing and
I have attached a copy of a newspaper clipping of
my father Ed winning a race in 1933 and a picture
of Maurice's punt the "After U." The picture
shows a type of boat locally called a " sailing
punt" common to the area having sailed on the
Bay of Quinte for over a hundred years. The clipping
shows the crew member hiking out on the hiking board
(read plank) to keep the boat upright. On windy days
the larger the person the better were his chances
of crewing that day. If you look closely you can make
out the oar that was used to steer the boat, everything
about the boats was simple and cheap. The definition
of a punt is a flat bottom boat with square ends and
this description certainly fits the Quinte sailing
punts. The boats raced in several classes but all
boats were made by the owners, sails were obtained
from various sources for example, some were re-cut
from old schooner sails, made from canvas remnants
from various sources.
The boatyard was the backyard, the sail loft was
the floor of the local armouries and materials were
obtained in many ingenious ways, for example, one
punt was owned by a man nicknamed "Froggy"
who had made his sails from unbleached Redpath sugar
bags and as a result the boat was called "Redpath
Froggy". One of the punts was said to have been
"carried out to plan", they planned all
day and carried (lumber) all night. During the depression
over 70 boats were built locally and many skills and
relationships were developed in the building of these
Rules were simple, the punt classes were established
on the length of the boat alone, no professional built
punts allowed, all punts had to be planked athwartships
(crossways) Only one schoonerman could race in any
boat as they were considered professional sailors.
The majority of punts were gaff rigged sloops carrying
enormous sails for their size (see picture). Races
were usually held in towns on the Bay of Quinte but
occasionally a punt would sail the hundred mile round
trip to Kingston for a weekend race.
Weekly races were on Wednesday afternoons and the
clock to start the race was the town hall clock as
it was visible to all from the waterfront. The race
would start and end at the mouth of the harbour locally
called a "boomerang course." My uncle was
frequently a starter for these races as was King Rogers
who had sailed in the 1881 America's cup challenge
from Belleville. It was common for hundreds of people
to line the shores and bridges to watch the punts
race since capsizes and gear failure was common during
the race. Visiting yachts from Toronto would stay
over in town just to see the Wednesday afternoon races.
World War II saw the club go dormant and efforts to
revive it after the war in 1947 were unsuccessful,
the world had changed and the returning veterans had
by Don Kellaway from the Callaway
submitted by Tom Beck
RETURNING TO LAKE SABINE AS VOYAGE LEG #1 CONTINUES
BRIDGE CITY, TEXAS. . . . Now nearly
60 (sixty) days into Leg #1 of his worldwide circumnavigating
Voyage, Admiral Dingy (aka Daryl Colinot of Bridge
City) will be returning to Lake Sabine next Friday,
June 1st) to complete the second half of the Lake’s
circumnavigation venture that he began last August.
At that time, the Admiral was in the process of
introducing himself and his custom-crafted, world-cruising
Dinghy to the public in the Golden Triangle, while
skeptics were questioning the likelihood of him ever
completing a 14-leg world circumnavigating Voyage
aboard the nine-foot/eleven-inch Cruise Ship Dinghy
which he built.
Structural problems associated with the Dinghy surfaced
back then, which kept him from being able to complete
the second-half circumnavigation of Lake Sabine. Ten
(10) months, two websites, and his own Nautical Mile
Tracking Club later, the Admiral is now 50+ days into
Leg #1 (the USA Cruise) of his world circumnavigating
Voyage with public enthusiasm and support for his
venture growing and likely to serve as a springboard
for him to achieve his world circumnavigating goal.
In early April, he and his custom-crafted
Dinghy became audience draws for SEASPACE—the
annual scuba diving and adventure travel expo, which
was held at Houston’s Reliant Center--where
not only did he draw in the crowds for the Event,
but also lectured on “Sailing the Seas in a
9-Foot/11-Inch Vessel” and “Surviving
on the Savage Seas.”
Following SEASPACE, he and the Dinghy traveled to
Corpus Christi, where public enthusiasm and support
for the Admiral and his worldwide circumnavigating
venture continued to grow as countless well-wishers
and admirers found themselves enthusiastic enough
to jump in their cars and track down the Admiral and
his Dinghy following published reports about his plans
to circumnavigate the world.
Earlier this month, the Admiral and his Dinghy participated
in an amateur boatbuilder’s “Mess-about”,
which was held in Port Lavaca. That event was hosted
by Duckworks—a national amateur boat builders’
Aside from having embarked on Leg #1 (The USA Cruise)
of his world-circum-navigating Voyage, the Admiral
has built two (2) websites: www.admiraldinghy.com
“It is through my websites that my supporters
and well-wishers can also become part of the adventure
as I play it out on the world’s ocean stage,
“ says the Admiral.
“For a small fee, those joining
my Nautical Mile Trackers’ Club will officially
sponsor the nautical miles as I log them, and will
also receive recognition through a certificate bearing
my signature authenticating the actual logging of
their sponsored mile(s).”
The certificates are projected to increase in value
among collectors of maritime history memorabilia.
The Admiral says, “I will submit my sponsors’
names with the material that I will be submitting
to Guinness World Records in London, England when
I complete the Voyage—because without their
sponsorship, I would not be able to do it.”
His second website—www.health-admiraldinghy.com
features health products which the Admiral will be
relying on for survival while at sea. Among them,
is FrequenSea—a phytoplankton-based nutritional
product that provides the necessary nutrients in only
two (2) ounces of the product. Says the Admiral, “Yes—I
will not go to sea without FrequenSea.”
The Admiral’s visit to Lake Sabine (which
will take place at the Boat Ramp at Pleasure Island
Pier in Port Arthur) will begin with a “Meet
& Greet the Public” at 4 PM on Friday, June
1st, continue throughout Saturday and the Dinghy cruise
on Lake Sabine will begin on Sunday with the incoming
“I will be leaving on the incoming tide --and
I would like to invite everyone in the Golden Triangle
to come out, say hello, join my Nautical Mile Trackers’
Club—and cheer me on as my Dinghy and I wrap
up our circumnavigation of Lake Sabine,” said
He added, “So far, my Nautical
Mile Sponsors have been from other areas of Texas—and
even from Washington state—but it would really
be nice to drum up some support from my own friends
and neighbors in the Golden Triangle—and it
would also be terrific to have the support 50 U.S.
To reach the Boat Launch Ramp at Pleasure Island
Pier in Port Arthur, Texas from your particular location,
please call the Pleasure Island Commission by dialing
(409)982-4675 for directions.
Admission to Admiral Dingy’s Dinghy Launching
will be free to the public.
For more information,contact Nora
Gutierrez, Public Relations Counsel to Admiral Dingy
at (409)365-9805, or via e-mail at email@example.com
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