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You really want to read Tom David's blog about building a Bolger Cabin Clam Skiff that he calls Grinder. He does some things with the interior to make this relatively tiny boat liveable.
There is a new "Small Boats" issue of Woodenboat magazine and this one features Steve Earley and his Welsford Pathfinder "Spartina".
This piece is mostly about how I came to offer
plans for Slider, but toward the bottom of the article I mention
a pretty good idea for extending the sailing beam. Renato sent me pictures of a model he built, and I think
some will find them interesting.
Navy vets and restorers will appreciate this video.
Here is a photo of my Tern design. The boat has been sailing for a couple of years now and I’ve decided to offer the plans free for download from my website.
Tad Roberts Yacht Design
PO Box 33
Gabriola Island, BC
V0R 1X0 Canada
Thought you might find this of interest. Not exactly back-yard boat building or messing, but an intriguing proposition. I think the writer is correct about the amount of decision making required to sail competently. But still, one could imagine an enhanced autopilot based on this concept...
...Also of interest are a few small electronic instruments which may be useful for small boat sailors: The velocitek speedpuck ...a
... and the Garmin Foretrex 201. While marketed at racing dinghies and sportboats, they have some intriguing features. The ability of the speedpuck to clue beginning sailors into headers and lifts is a pretty useful feature, I think.
Matthew A. Meacham
Since someone out there may need to do some wood steaming, I enclose a link for a quick, cheap, efficient wood stove to boil water.
I just sent you my info and a boat picture for the Who's Coming list for the 2009 Texas200. I noticed that some folks had website links on the list, too, so I'm including a link to my site for my Pirate Racer. Thanks,
There is now a website for the Florida 120. For those who might have not heard of the Florida 120, it is a four day 120 mile round-trip sailing challenge on the Florida Panhandle. It takes place from May 14th to 17th with sailing legs of up to 38 miles in shetlered waters...
... We will be beach camping on the soft sugar-white sands and cruising on the clear turquois waters. For a google earth overview of the route click HERE.
One other note for all interested, please check into the forum and sign up your intent to go.
Do you know anything about The Boat Builders Journal? My wife gave me a subscription in Oct and we have not heard from them since. The only info I have on them is this website. They originally sent info through the mail. They appeared to be real.
In October, Phil Bolger generously agreed to a recorded interview to be aired on Noel & Christy Davis' www.furledsails.com site. They just posted part 1 of the Bolger interview and part 2 should go up in a week or two. They are interviews 146 and 147.
I have decided to offer my POD design FREE to those that wish to download it.
This will accomplish two things; get the plans in the hands of kids so they can at least learn how to make a small boat; and it will also help promote the assembly method (tape & glue), which is easy and functional in boat this size.