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XXXX GOLD BOAT BUILDING PROJECT- Which boat to build.

XXXX is a beer from Queensland. They decided to have a promotion based on home boatbuilding a few years back. This page was my attempt to capture some of the interest.The problems was … the promotion wasn’t very interesting. I think one bunch of blokes built one boat. It is on youtube I think.
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Jamie’s Boat Building Blog – GIS in Walnut Creek, CA

[Translate] Actually, When Jamie mentioned his goat island skiff building blog I went … oh yeah … another blog … but it is really rather a nice bit of writing. He had a shot at getting one of the Lumber Yard Skiffs from Woodenboat Magazine underway first. His experience was in line with my confustification […]
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Taiwanese Aboriginal Boat Launching on Lanyu Island

[Translate] More Taiwan Boats. People may or may not be aware that Taiwan has its own aboriginal people belonging to quite distinct groups. Some lived inland, but others were coastal and some live on the smaller islands around Taiwan. Their culture is distinct from the prevailing Chinese culture. There were rumours that the people were […]
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BETH Sailing Canoe being built by Norm in Toronto

[Translate] Norm is putting together a BETH Sailing Canoe and documenting it on the WoodenBoat forum. He is going like a rocket, it is possible to drop in every day and see some big changes. He has departed a bit from the plan in both building method and detail. I’d suggest that most people who […]
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An alternative solid mast for the OzRacer and PDRacer

[Translate] The OZ hollow mast is the bee’s knees – the nicest mast we can come up with at this stage. A simple long box with the faces made of 4 planks 12mm (1/2″) thick with a taper. Easy enough to build about 35% to 40% lighter than a solid mast. Making the mast out […]
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Guess the Price to get the Boats Pictured onto the water

[Translate] I’ll admit it – I am a luddite. I really think that racing boats have lost the plot – so I focus very much on simple affordable boats that go fast – rather than the flashy state of the art. I keep an eye on the State of the Art for anything that is […]
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Heap of wooden boats being built at the Duckflat Autumn School

[Translate] I am helping with the teaching in a ten day boatbuilding school in Adelaide Australia. 10 boats 12 students – all off to a flying start. Most are from interstate. Varying levels of skill. Most haven’t built a boat before. A couple have woodwork or home renovation skills. I will post more info here […]
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Second interview up on FurledSails.com

[Translate] The first part was up last week. This week we talk about traditional vs modern sailtypes – everyone knows I am a fan of trad rigs because of their low cost – but here I go into the influences on the other side. I love the efficiency of modern rigs so I use all […]
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Index to huge Eureka Canoe building thread

[Translate] INDEX FOR THIS MONSTER EUREKA CANOE THREAD – MILESTONESEven more info at Peter Hyndman’s Eureka Pages Marking out the plywood and cutting Joining up the Prefabricated panels and starting stitching Filleting on the inside of the Eureka Canoethe tidy way Marking out the canoe bulkheads Getting ready to put the decks in place – […]
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Interview on Net of Designer Michael Storer at furledsails.com

[Translate] Furled Sails – They call themselves the “World’s First Sailing Podcast” based in North America. Anyway, last week Christy and Noel called me up chatted to me for a couple of hours. So they have an interview with me on their site followed by a part 2 next week. This looks like the permanent […]
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Q&A – gluing endgrain – including Plywood and Scarfs

[Translate] —gGluing Endgrain Gluing timber end grain with epoxySee drawing of endgrain right.. The basic problem is that end grain is highly absorbent so it can steal the resin from the join leaving insufficient for good bonding.  The trick … is to feed the end grain some mixed resin before the glue mix is put […]
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Q&A – Keep epoxy warm for good handling – Lightbox

[Translate] There are huge advantages in keeping the epoxy at a slightly raised temperature. * It flows out better onto the work * It mixes easier * The curing kicks off faster in cold weather (and the box can easily only be turned on when needed. There are huge advantages in keeping the epoxy at […]
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Teak Decks and Sikaflex, 5200 etc

[Translate] There are two tricks to sikaflexing between strips. Use the Sika Primer – it improves the bond strength to the timber for a permanent job. You can get away without it often, but it changes the situation from a fairly strong bond to a hugely strong bond (you’ll know this if you have ever […]
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