Fast plywood ferry boat in plywood - labuan island Malaysia

Philippine Boat Builders and Plywood – aesthetic and sophisticated

Slightly arrogant I! I vist the Philippines then Malaysia and also find a large community of Filipino boat builders there. I find they know much more than me about boat design and varieties. Stunning mix of different boats from curvaceous to plywood and boxy. But Gosh … the shapes they come up with!

Philippines Dugout Canoes for rapids and rocks – Pagsanjan Falls

I am in the Philippines at the moment. I took five days out to go to the area where one of my Australian Filipino friends has her hometown. The general area is Laguna, I was staying at Lumban and nearby was a canoe trip to Pagsanjan falls. I was really interested to see the local boats and to see how they might relate to the timber boats that existed previously. The boats are elegant and very well suited to their environment. Paddling and motor canoes are used on a daily basis.

Boat designs influenced by rules? History shows us canting keel maxis are stupid

This is an article about how bias in thinking produces weird results in terms of boat designs. I compare a silly boat design trend of 100 years ago with modern canting keel maxi yachts. Personally I don’t think they should be allowed to use engines to run the keels and the various systems – if they do then they should be disqualified from the event results. The conventional human powered boats should be listed as the winners of events.

Podcast Online – Wooden Boat Design by Michael Storer – 1 of 3

This talk is the first hour of my exposition on boat building and design. There are two more parts to come. This covers some of the background and design issues. The second is more on the building side and the last is a bit more about why the Australian (and New Zealand) wooden boat tradition is different from the Northern Hemisphere. You can stream the talks over your internet connection or download them as a podcast.

USA Day 11 – Portland to Astoria Maritime Museum

Well a mind-boggling day today. Set is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatmik…7622312609441/ Some of the “Coots” boating group organised a joint trip for four of us to Astoria (named after the Astor Family who made their money in the fur industry a couple of hundred years ago. We got up early and went to meet Long 龍 at […]

SF Missed appointment, Walk, Asian Museum and some fans

USA Day 3 – Missed Appointment, Walk, Asian Museum (and a couple of little boats) and meeting some fans Slideshow of pics is at the bottom of this page. I was supposed to meet David Luckhardt to go to the River Heritage Fair. I blew it – I woke up when I was supposed to […]

First Day in San Francisco and Goats tomorrow.

Plane ended up being a couple of hours late leaving sydney. All pics are in the slideshow at the page bottom But fine flight otherwise. I am a happy Sinophile as my hotel is exactly beside the Chinatown gate. That is it on the left. On the plane there was a mechandising magazine. Had everything […]

But what to do about the vegemite?

Michael Storer‘s  bag is too heavy.  Will he have to ditch the vegemite?  Even now he knows it may not be enough for part of the trip. So Guys, comms will get a bit shaky from here on in, however I plan to see lots of interesting boaty and other things so will post a […]