Welcome to my little piece of the boat-building web.

    This site is my own attempt to help my own and other’s boat-building dreams along the path a little farther.

    In my boat-building research and reading, I have found a collection of online ‘communities’ that I have leveraged heavily. They all have some different interests, overlaps, and conflicting opinions, but also have many similarities and shared goals. I hope to be able to post some various articles and links that show the similarities and synergies, maybe tying a few of these communities together.

    I’ve used this site to various ends:

    • Posting news and articles pointing to new "events" in the boatbuilding world. These may be actual events, or newly discovered plans, or other items of interest.
    • Organizing a bunch of personal research I’ve done and have scattered around
    • Making some of this research available to others… maybe it will save somebody some time
    • Soliciting some comments and further input into some of my (probably hairbrained) ideas
    • Providing some book reviews and/or commentary about resources that are available

    The latest posts are listed below. A total sitemap is also available.

2014-11-25 22:09

Dory coming ashore

That’s one way to come ashore… very stable and no excitement. I see why that hull shape is so popular.

2014-11-25 22:01

Oldest Controllable Pitch Propeller

When you build it right, it just keeps going. A quick clip showing the oldest working Controllable Pitch Propeller - 70 years old and still in service.

The Tug boat “Herkules” from 1939, is being maintained by Berg Propulsion at Gotenius Ship Yard Sept 2009. The propeller is unique - it is the oldest controllable pitch propeller in service. It is the 3:rd propeller built by KaMeWa. Berg Propulsion was established 1912. http://www.bergpropulsion.com

2014-11-11 21:14

A Boat with Brakes

A Navy SOC-R - Special Operations Craft Riverine.


My sincere thanks to all the veterans that have protected our country and served.

2014-11-02 15:04

The Biggest Ship in the World

The Prelude - maybe not really a ship, but at more than 530 yards long, 80 yards wide, and constructed with 260,000 metric tons of steel, it’s claimed to be the largest floating structure ever.

Stephen Mallon hired a crane and took more than 1,000 separate photos, now published as a composite Photosynth image.

the prelude by jonhuang on photosynth

2014-11-02 11:36

Kayaking Journey down Mississippi River

A couple makes a 70-day kayaking journey down the Mississippi River. Neat way to see things in detail. And done as a charity fundraiser to boot…