My friends Kenneth Purdy and his irrepressible wife, Maria (seen at left) have been regulars at Duckworks messabouts for years. Here is their latest project - Jim Michalak's Trilars.

An Ultralight Canoe
Peter Tapolyai is a guy who puts his money where his mouth is. He has built several boats and each time he refines the design to come closer to his ideal. Will this be his last? Stay tuned.


Boat Trailer Rebuild Ad Nauseum
I always like an article that is both entertaining and informative. Bob Thomas has given us just that in this tongue in cheek pictorial essay about fixing up old boat trailers.


Life on the Ocean Wave - A Kid's Point of View - Part 2
In the second part of Cheree Bowdidges account of a childhood spent cruising with her parents aboard their yacht, she talks about her impressions of Indonesia, Malasia and Singapore.


Sail Caledonia and the Goat Island Skiff
Michael Storer will tell you that the Goat Island Skiff was not designed to be a raid boat, but Joost Engelen did not know that - or did not care. Here is his report on the Caledonia Raid.

I can’t believe I ate half that bag of … !
As soon as Paul and Bill Moffitt finished the inaugural Texas200 they were planning a similar event for the Outer Banks. Of course they invited brother Sean Moffitt who filed this report.

A Short summary of the Florida 120
The Texas200 has spun off a handful of similar events around the country. The first I know of is Scott Widmier's Florida 120 which takes place around Pensacola. Here is Scott's report.

Sailing on a Latino in the Med
I don't think we have ever had a report like this one. Bernd Kohler was invited to sail in a "fiesta" race among traditional Spanish lateen rigged fishing boats off the Mediteranian coast.


Where The Wind Blows
Mark Steele, our model sailboat `writer at large’ brings another collection of `little yacht’ news from here and there, often from surprising places.

After a long hiatus, we have more poetry for those of you who like poetry. Tim Ferguson, after a particularly "interesting" cruise in a Cape Dory Typhoon, was moved to pen these lines.

Boat Widows
Jackie Monies has been a boat widow her entire married life. But considering today is her and Mike's 43 wedding anniversary, it must not have been too bad. Here is her story.

Tall Ship
Who doesn't like to dream about boats yet to be made? In his monthly column, Paul Austin takes you into his dream of building a not so tall ship - but with all the bells and whistles.

Pete Stevenson
Not everyone who builds a boat is moved to interview the designer. But Paul Boyer was and he explains his motives this way: "He's the Creator. Without Pete, I wouldn't have a boat."

The Story of the "Gimbled Stove"
Last week, Ross Lillistone talked about avoiding "unreasonable boat desire". Now Harold Duffield takes on the same general subject but addresses it in a whole different way.

Tales of Terribly Tall Trailers and Widening With Welding
Last month Rob Rohde-Szudy got us started with "Welding 101". Now we get to put those skills to work making that bargain second hand trailer fit the boat we just built.


Gavin Atkin of Great Britain has produced another in his series of free plans for small boats. This one, named after his lovely daughter, is a 12 foot flattie rowboat designed stitch and glue.


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