Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fall Storm at Point Hudson

High tide and surge. There is usually 6-8 feet of exposed pilings.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Update on Tomcat

Bill, the new owner of the William Garden Tomcat from the WoodenBoat school class, has been making great progress. The keel is on and the fairing of the hull is done. See our previous post for more details.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Seriously Maytaged

HD Video by Geoff Mackley and Bradley Ambrose of fishing off the Grey River bar in New Zealand.

Bob, It's Finished

25 years building an Alden Schooner.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

USCG Station Boston and USS Constitution

We got a chance to visit the Coast Guard Station in Boston's North End on July 4th. The USCGC Spencer was open for tours. While on board the Spencer's flight deck we the the return of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) from her July 4 cruise around Boston Harbor.

Camden, Maine

Here are some photos of the quaint harbor in Camden, Maine.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cold Molding at WoodenBoat School

Last week I attended an Introduction to Cold Molding class at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. The six day class was taught by Mike Moros and focused on the cold molding of a hull for William Garden's Tomcat design. The class also included a field trip to Brion Rieff Boat Builders, a yard that specializes in cold molded builds.

The full set of pictures can be found here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maitreya Build Pictures

Here is a short video of some pictures of the building of Maitreya from 1971 to 1976.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Busy Blacksmith

Rick, the owner, has been working some metal magic. Pictures include fittings for various spars.

Previous photos are here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lugger Main Mast

These pictures show dry fitting the main mast. Rick made a nice mast step from steel. The design will allow a person to step the mast singlehanded. It also doubles as a holder for the mast when it is down and horizontal. At that point, the mast will support a canvas boat cover.

Previous pictures are here.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lugger Trim

It has been slower going on the Lugger these last weeks. We have mostly been waiting for paint work to dry before turning the shop back into woodworking mode. We also got hit by six inches of snow near the shop which has made the commute tougher for me.

Bill took a couple shots of the new cove stripe done in Z Spar Grand Banks Beige. He also installed the oarlocks from Port Townsend Foundry.

Previous pictures can be found here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Automated Life Jacket Detection for Drones

An Australian company, Sentient, that makes software for UAVs has added detection of small objects such as life jackets to it's Kestrel software. The software is currently used in military applications, maritime search and rescue and for thwarting piracy.

More information can be found here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lugger Flip Day

It was flip day for the boat today. A crew of five managed to manhandle her back onto the trailer.

The last two weeks have seen nine coats of paint go onto the topsides and five on the bottom. There were two coats of Mar-x-ite, four coats of Interlux Pre-Kote and three coats of Marshall's Cove Forrest Green enamel.

There is still a bit of touch up to do on the hull as well as adding a cove stripe and matching transom.

Previous pictures are here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sister Lugger - Iceblink

We visited Iceblink yesterday. She is one of the Blue Heron Construction sister luggers built 20 to 25 years ago. The photos show a lot of details that will be useful in finishing our boat.

Things to note include:
  • The rudder collar and oarlocks need to be beefed up as both had cracked over time.
  • The boat can be difficult to bail quickly once swamped, so a good bilge pump is vital
  • The positioning of the stern oarlock for sculling is nice, but maybe low unless a curved Chinese style Yuloh oar is used.
Most of the rigging seemed to match the plans that we have, simplifying our installation.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lugger Updates

In the last couple of weeks, the decks got a couple more coats of paint, a layer of non-skid and a final coat of paint.

The boat was then flipped by six guys. Some sanding and fairing was done. Two coats or Mar-X-ite were applied. We are currently going over the hull attempting to get it nice an smooth. Some gaps along the strakes were also filled with epoxy.

Bill enlarged the the slot for the bottom rudder fitting and got that installed.

Previous picures are here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Outside Article on Ronnie Simpson

Outside is running a good article by Tim Zimmermann on single hander, Ronnie Simpson. Ronnie has been through a lot of stuff since he joined the Marine Corps. Very little seems to slow him down

Tough Ocean Boat

We saw an interesting boat at the 2011 Big Seattle Boat Show. It is an ocean rowboat that is manned by four people. The boat has been rowed around the Pacific Northwest and across the Atlantic. The next big race is South Africa to South America.

The boat itself has most of the common safety items you would expect on a small deep water craft. This include water tight compartments, a large number of self bailing scuppers, and jack lines. The boat relies on solar energy for lighting and water making. Cooking is done on propane camp stoves.

The average weight loss for a crew member on a 72 day Atlantic crossing was 17 pounds. Two crew row while the other two rest. This continues 24 hours a day.

Check out their website at

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Another New Project

I recently joined a new effort while it is too wet to work on the San Juan 24 outdoors. The project is a Drascombe Lugger that is probably about 20 years in the making.

The boat is owned by a local fisherman who is too busy to work on it. I am joining a new friend, Bill Swain, in trying to finish her up for a spring launch. Bill has been working on the boat for a while. I am joining at a time when the decks are being painted. Once the decks are finished we will flip her and paint the topsides and bottom. The deck paint is Z Spar, Grand Banks Beige.

Some custom bronze hawse holes recently arrived from the Port Townsend Foundry. They will be inserted into the topsides.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Good News from Nereida

Jeanne has reported that she is motoring under her own power and will round the Horn and make for port in the Beagle Channel where the damage can be seen to. The full story is on her blog.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nereida Rolled off of Cape Horn

Jean Socrates who is attempting a singlehanded circumnavigation has rolled off of Cape Horn.

From Bill KI4MMZ

KC2IOV Nereida Capt Jeanne
Knocked down (Turtle upside down)
Damage so far. 2249utc
55-59.68S 071-45.04W
drifting S @ 2K hove to.
boom broken,
Hard dodger smashed.(gone)
rope round prop.
Chaotic below decks.
Good news. Not injured
has stay sail, + headsail.
engine working.

Hopes weather will moderate in am and that rope cutter on prop works so
she can motor round cape Horn and into nearest port for repairs.
Will call on 14.300usdb if further please monitor, was only contact she
cd make.

Have passed updated position and info to RCC Chile and USCG
Evangalistas. Abodehornos Light houses and RCC Punta Arenas are trying
to make contact direct on radio.

I have traffic from RCC Chile and USCG for her. will need assistance at
net time 0300UTC though we had fair copy last night and this afternoon.
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