Boat design, home building, and cruising in a nutshell

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.

The folks at SV Seeker are willing to jump in and do most anything, I think (check out there site). THey have built personal submarines and a 74' steel hulled motor sailer.

This video series shows how they took on casting and creating the blades for their prop, after obtaining a Hundested controllable pitch propeller hub.

Check it out (this is the first of a series of videos).

29 Jun 2015 15:41:52

Boat Ramp Follies


Well... I know with my trailer backing skills, I wouldn't try this ramp for a while :-)

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