Category Archives: Boats

Splices and Stuff

Made progress this afternoon on the keel splice. Next I’ll work on the chine log splices. Making a 12 foot boat out of 8 foot stock is taxing. Not as taxing as doing wood strip work. Well, with the keel … Continue reading

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Design Changes

I had the frame tacked up in the stock configuration and did the walk around.  Some of the changes I made were due to the available materials. The stock bow stem is great until you factor in rocks. So I … Continue reading

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The Boat Is Started

I had a window of cool air without rain for a bit yesterday afternoon. So I knocked up a minimal strong back and started making the frames out of 3/4 pine. After knocking up the frame I worked on truing … Continue reading

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It’s SOLD!

I wish it’s new owner well. A pretty lady snapped it up 5 minutes before the other guy was about to arrive. Funny thing was she wasn’t suppose to show up until tomorrow But she came out today and left … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Grass is riz, wtf the posies is? Bought a kayak at Dunhams today. The Future Beach Mariner 10.4 10’4″ length, weighs 43 lbs. 300 lbs. weight capacity High performance stable multi-channel hull Cockpit console with bottle holder I’m very happy … Continue reading

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Boat and Water Safety

I was kind of freaked that I made one post about water safety and rescue, and have to follow it with a news story about a missing rafter who drowned. That had me checking my personal gear and I found … Continue reading

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Talking About Boats

Back when I was fleshing out what I wanted in a boat for a planned expedition, I ran afoul of a bunch of know-it-alls. Big on advice they wouldn’t never put in to practice personally and generally useless in any … Continue reading

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Grid Down, Boat Stuff, A Solar Improvisation…

As near as I can tell almost the entire Southwest Pa corner went dark this afternoon. No mention on the news, The power Co’s web site, ever unhelpful was reporting a few hundred customers out. Boat Stuff:  To speed things … Continue reading

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Two of the Best Off the Grid Ideas

#1. Float Cabin, WOW, It’s one of the best done examples I have seen in a while. This guy gets small solar and small wind and that’s why it works so well. I love it. #2.  Rocket Stove, KISS principle … Continue reading

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Boat Electricals and Electronics

I’m a the electrical stage of the boat design. You can go nuts here. Both mentally and breaking the bank. I need a VHF radio, running lights, navigation, ect… Of course I plan on using wind and solar for to … Continue reading

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