New article out on PDRacers on Duckworks.

A nice little article by Jackie Monies who is turning into the writer in residence for the PDRacers. It posits the idea that because of its cheapness, ease of building and the creativity in the group that it qualifies as the “All American Boat”. Actually I think it is the perfect boat for places that are water rich and cash poor. Anyone can afford to go sailing in these cool little sailing boats. The options of material and design solutions allow the boats to be built of local material just about anywhere. Very cheaply.

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.
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USA Interview 1 – Sailing with Thorne, Pirates, black powder and wooden boats

Thorne (aka David Luckhardt) is well known in both wooden boating and historical recreation circles (particularly those involving gunpowder). He normally lurks around San Francisco, but on this occasion had driven up to Timothy Lake underneath the summit of Mount Hood. I had the chance to interview him while sailing on Lake Timothy in Oregon.

I have been so far behind writing here …

It has been a hugely busy trip. I think I take too many photos. Sorting them and keeping them all updated has been a never ending task. When I went to MoMA I took about 300 pictures, at Mystic Seaport 700, at the Kennedy Space Centre about 700 as well. I then have to sort […]

The Paddling on the Colorado River continues.

More paddling on Lake Powell, Utah, part of the Colorado River. Remember that I am not a real Canoeist. I have paddled quite a range of different boats at some time or another, I do know basic strokes, I have used canoes to do several day tours (Noosa River, Hawkesbury River) but this trip was to much more remote areas. Closest towns 50 or so kilometres away, we were likely to be pretty well the only people on that area of water after the weekend, we had to carry everything including food as there are no shops.

USA Day 14.5 to 16 – The fleet gathers and heads up Lake Powell and the Colorado River

I have already put extensive comments on my flickr gallery. http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatmik/sets/72157622510542194/ So let’s introduce the participants and the boats!  They gathered in the afternoon. People as far away as Texas, California and Australia (me).  Not a huge number, this cruise works well with up to around 12 to 15 boats.  A huge thanks to Jim […]

USA Day 14 – Walk up a Slot Canyon in the Colorado River Canyon

Well after a chatty night around the fire and a feast (killer broccolli salad, Michelle and Mike not to mention about 5 other dishes contributed by others) we all headed to bed and this is what I saw out of the tent door in the morning. I am sleeping on rock (using an air bed) […]

USA Day 13 – Salt Lake City to Lake Powell

Well … this is the section where I leave Oregon and go to Utah to paddle a canoe on Lake Powell .. a dammed in section of the Colorado River. This is the travelling bit … where I meet new friends and old internet friends. Thanks particularly from the people in Salt Lake City, particularly […]

USA Day 12 – Central Oregon, cold water and dam-ation

Yesterday spent the day traipsing around Central Oregon With Andrew Linn. We had a canoe on the roof and a boat behind. The boat behind was a delivery – Andrew had sold a Laser look alike – a now defunct class. And was pretty nice to get foot mobile and do some short bushwalks. So […]

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 […]

USA Trip Day 7, 8, 9 – Timothy Lake Messabout with the Coots

The pics in this post are just a hint – many more on flickr – you can see them at the bottom of this page. So … What a Weekend! It is the highest I have ever sailed by far – about 2500 to 3000ft above sea level. A very nice bunch of folks. And […]

A little report on my talk

The main thing is that both me and my audience survived my talk.  They all hung round too so they must have enjoyed it enough. David Graybeal wrote this … Just a quick update. Mik’s first talk – hosted by Harbor Woodworks, in Portland, Oregon, last night – went off quite well. A small, but […]

USA Day 6 – Down home in a Columbia River Slough

Howdy, The full set is here http://www.flickr.com/photos/boatmik…7622383846430/ Well more interesting things to report. Actually so interesting I have gone out to buy an MP3 voice recorder so I won’t miss these conversations. This was the view out of the window on waking. I couldn’t get the colours right even with fiddling – much lighter and […]

Travelling Day 4 – SF to Portland, Or. Day 5 a little bit of work

>Howdy, All travelling pics really from yesterday and just a few from making some samples for the talk I give on Wednesday. Most of the day around the house. Picture slideshow is at the bottom of this post But the travel pics look a bit boring in retrospect, but that doesn’t mean the view was […]

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 […]