Boat design, home building, and cruising in a nutshell

I wish this guy well... hand building a cedar dugout canoe - and then sailing the English Channel.

The Souquillou Project is not just about the building of a canoe, it's a project about transforming a tree into a seaworthy vessel and get it about 150 km (about 100 miles) from the inland of North France to the white cliffs of the stormy coast of South England.

Check his video blog, also.

On the Water ChartGuides

NEW ChartGuides and NEW EDITION CruiseGuide

For over 10 years Mark and Diane Doyle have produced ICW (Intracoastal Waterway) resource sets. They are releasing their latest.

“Smart cruisers still include printed guides and chartbooks in their navigation suite—and the Doyles are genius at creating easy-to-understand graphical pages packed with useful information.” -- Bill Ellison - Panbo

  • ChartGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 1: Hampton Roads, VA to Savannah River, GA*
  • ChartGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Savannah River, GA to Cape Florida, FL*
  • CruiseGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW): A Mile-by-Mile Cruising Guide for Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL*
  • AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 1: Norfolk, VA to Hilton Head, SC
  • AnchorGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Volume 2: Savannah, GA to Miami, FL

O Six Hundred Kayak


Really pretty kayak, made from a "snap together", pre-cut kit and wrapped with carbon fabric.

A good one (at least I thought so)... check out some of these funny (and altogether too true) definitions.

OK, here's a neat take on building a kayak... using 2" (or 1") EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam panels. Layer them like a cake and glue together, carved to shape. The builder calls it the Sawfish, and it looks like a fine craft.

And one that most anybody could build with minimal tools and space.

I do note that (like me), he finds that getting the supplies he wants is difficult. The standard local stores never seem to carry quite what you need (in his case 2" EPS foam), at least without buying a pallet of it.

17 Jul 2015 21:38:07

Hydro Hammock

Hydro Hammock

Combine the classic sailboat hammock with a bathtub... or something.

Not sure it would really work on a boat, but for those secluded beach excursions? Fun idea... includes a water heater and a waterproof hammock, with or without insulated pad.

The other day we had a Glen-L Goliath build in steel. Today we have another blog where a Glen-L Titan is being built in wood.

Similar boats, both designed by Hankinson, the Titan is slightly larger at 20' while the Goliath is 18'6".

04 Jul 2015 12:19:36

Happy July 4th!


For those in the United States (and anywhere else that may support the US), Happy July 4th!

I hope everyone has a great day!

I've read several Great Loop cruise logs, but I think this is definitely one of the best. If you have any interest in the Loop, or just boating in general, read John and Laurie Gray's account of their cruise a few years ago.

I love the Ranger Tug line anyhow, and such a well written account just makes it come to life. John also manages to include lots of little tips and tricks he has learned over his boating career that all of us can learn from.

Thanks John and Laurie for sharing!

Glen-L has a ton of plans and great resources for the home builder. Their community of builders is a resourceful bunch and posts are worth reading.

"Aero_dan" is an active farmer who is building a Hankinson Goliath (in steel) in his barn. His blog is frequently updated with his latest endeavors.

I really liked the idea of using pipes for chines and having them double as a keel cooler.

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