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Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival

We hope you are planning to show your boat(s) at the Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival, October 16-18 in Port Aransas, TX.   This is not a spit and polish kind of show.  Just show off your wooden boats; finished, unfinished, or in need of restoration.  We had 92 boats last year and we are striving for more than 100 this year!  This year we ask that you preregister for the show so we can better plan the event.  There is a nominal registration fee $20 to help cover show costs.   You may exhibit multiple boats for a single registration fee. Register online at:

 Here's what you get when you register:

· Assigned exhibit space of your choice of in the water or in the park

· Eligibility for prize drawings

· Saturday Night Awards dinner for 2

· A Festival t-shirt

· Name tag

· Goody bag

· An opportunity to take your boat on a short cruise to the Lighthouse for a special tour of this Civil War era light station.  This is special because the lighthouse is not open to the public.  There will be boats on the water to lend a hand or tow, if needed.

· Finally, you will be automatically entered into a tool drawing.

We hope to see and your boat there! If you can't bring a boat, please put October 16-18 on your calendar.

Chuck Leinweber 


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Spyderco Tusk Product Review

Ordinarily, I am not a very big proponent of folding knives for boating use. Yes, in the past, I have given a rave review of the Wenger Alinghi Sailor's Knife, but in general, my interest runs with fixed blades, rather than folders. Folders are nifty when it comes to compactness and functionality, but that one extra bit of manipulation needed to get it open and in a working capacity represents a stumbling block for my sense of efficiency when it comes to emergency use onboard and out on the water.

This Spyderco knife, though, has busted through the definition to demonstrate a real gift for multiple utility, workmanship and material choices to place itself right in the thick of my choice priorities. Here are the reasons for that change of heart, along with the description of the product directly from Spyderco's own online catalog.

Here is the tech page from Spyderco and a copy of their own description of the product and materials used to create the knife/tool....

From the Spyderco product page:

The original concept of the Tusk was conceived by Sal Glesser in the early 1980’s. More than 25 years later, his son Eric picked up the project and made it a reality, creating a truly extraordinary multi-function mariner’s tool. The Tusk’s handle is precision machined from two slabs of solid titanium. One end houses a Plain Edged blade ground from LC 200 N steel—a nitrogen-alloyed tool steel that offers extreme toughness and superior corrosion resistance—and locks open via a sturdy Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism.

At the other end of the Tusk’s handle is a 300-series stainless steel marlinspike, which features a unique round-to-square cross section for increased leverage when loosening knots. A milled slot in the marlinspike’s body and the gap between it and the handle also serve as shackle keys for unscrewing and tightening threaded shackles. To allow the marlinspike and its shackle key to withstand extreme leverage during use, it locks securely in place with Spyderco’s patented Ball Bearing Lock™ mechanism containing a special ceramic ball. Constructed entirely of highly rust-resistant, state-of-the-art materials, the Tusk literally began as a tool that was ahead of its time, but whose time has now come.

OK, so this knife/tool is wildly exotic in its material choices, build quality and utilty. So, what's the bad news? The retail price for this bad boy is an equally exotic, $399. Yeah!!!! $399  That firmly places the tool in the “I'll have to save up for awhile before I'm going to toss that one on my PFD”, category. But, if you are one of those folks for whom the best that is available is your focus, then this tool hits all the points and then some. For those who fnd tis knife compelling, it can be had at Amazon for right around $183, so the sticker shock isn't really that bad for a truly wonderful tool for boating.

So, let's look at this knife and its bullet points:

  • Compact and rugged;
  • Completely non-corrosive materials;
  • High degree of marine utility;
  • Lifetime, Heritage type tool that can be passed-down from generation to generation.

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