Boat design, home building, and cruising in a nutshell

20 Nov 2015 15:43:08

Passing of Ted Pike

I received this from Jay Greer from the CommonsenseBoats mailing list.

Our condolences to Ted's friends and family.

A very good man has just crossed the bar. I was over at Edensaw Hardwoods today and learned, much to my sorrow, that an old friend I and many of you may have known over the years has passed on. Ted Pike left this world about four weeks ago. Ted aside from being a great sailor and boat builder was one of the top sales reps for Edensaw here in Port Townsend WA. He had not been feeling up to par for over a week and so checked into Jefferson County Hospital. They ran a few tests and put him on a chopper for Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Shortly after arriving he lapsed into a coma and passed on a few weeks later. He never regained consciousness. Sorry to have to say goodby to a pal!
Jay Greer

Billed as the "World's Best Dinghy", the Portland Pudgy certainly seems to be an interesting (and tough) design.

Made from rotation-molded polyethylene, it has closed-cell foam filling making it "unsinkable". Easily rightable (they have videos of it being done by a person in the water), it looks like a tough, serviceable boat.

How may dinghys have you seen flying?

A Portland Pudgy was used as a gondola under a bunch of helium filled balloons on an attempted Atlantic aerial crossing. Really.

04 Nov 2015 19:16:40

Some nice reviews and stats to drool over...

Free registration required.

Manufacturing the worlds most advanced cruising yacht to the highest standards of speed, efficiency, and stability takes lots of technology and an uncompromising discipline.

Pretty boat... that system that allows the boat to "hover" on its on is really slick. Not sure how much I would care to trust in "by itself" in a crowded area like he did in the video. Not sure if there is a wireless remote or not. The triple (claimed to be more efficient than dual - seems counterintuitive to me, but) Volvo-Penta IPS600 is an interesting setup.

Synthetic teak and no brightwork is a trend I like seeing on upper end boats. I want to enjoy the boat, not spend all my time on maintenance.

This is an incredible blog of a family who moved onto their boat and went away, cruising full time since 2008.

They continue to post about their adventures. Lots of information for those wanting to "sail away" along with lots of tidbits about raising a familiy on a boat.

Welcome aboard!

I’m Behan. In 2008, my family went through a radical lifestyle change. We sold most of our belongings, moved onto our boat, and sailed away from home. With a deep commitment to sustainable living and a desire to live life to the fullest, we’ve been slowly traveling afloat since 2008.

We hope to encourage anyone thinking of taking the leap to live a differently by sharing a slice of the cruising life through inspiring stories, practical tips, and destination information.

06 Oct 2015 10:15:48

Fixes and breakage


Just in case you notice, I've been doing a bunch of work tracking down a lot of the old, broken links on the site and cleaning them up. External links (links to other sites) may be broken if the other site is "gone", but I'm leaving them in place for now, for historical sake. Internal links I'm attacking and have significantly improved.

Feel free to drop me a note if you find issues:

I don't know how feasible they really are, but they certainly have big ideas.

OK, maybe it is just a slow, unwieldy boat... Definitely going to require the drawbridge to open.

Do check out their subs...

Those New Zealand folks make some slick looking boats.

Just like the beast they’ve been named after, White Pointer Boats are created to be perfect predators. They combine strength with poise and balance and can switch to pure aggression in an instant.

The brainchild of their owner, Rex Briant, White Pointers are built in Gisborne, New Zealand’s eastern most port. Motor out from here and you feel the elements direct from the South Pole and the southern ocean. So build quality is a key motivator!

The first White Pointer Boat hit the water more than 25 years ago. And every boat since, over 500 in total, has added to the brand’s reputation for producing ruthless fishing machines of supreme craftsmanship and performance.

PassageMaker Magazine has an "Issue Preview" page with some background and videos of the Galatea, a beautiful, restored Art DeFever design.

The full article will be in the October issue.

(I must say that guy is good with a dinghy :-))

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