Hello!

    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.



2014-09-19 12:55

Origin of Seafaring Words

I always find the history of some of these words interesting… get all the Scuttlebutt on the Grok, maties!

2014-08-28 21:05

Underwater Thruster - Kickstarter

Underwater Thruster - Kickstarter

If you’re familiar with the idea of ‘crowdfunding’ then you’ve heard of Kickstarter before. Its a site where people make proposals and seek funding for interesting ideas. If they succeed, the backers get what was agreed upon… sometimes (often?) they do, sometimes not, but the batting average is pretty good. I’ve gotten a couple of interesting things that I backed on Kickstarter in the last couple of years.

Anyhow, the T100 looks like a really interesting idea. A rugged, affordable underwater thruster. Designed for robotics and ocean exploration.

We designed the T100 for:

  • Makers and Hobbyists who are interested in marine robotics but can’t find capable, affordable hardware.
  • Students and Schools who can use the T100 for educational projects or to compete in competitions such as the AUVSI RoboSub and RoboBoat competitions.
  • Professional Users who want a high-quality thruster that is more capable than many of the high-end (expensive) alternatives.

2014-06-08 10:17

Docking a Great Lakes freighter

And you thought getting your boat in the dock was tough… this takes skill..

2014-05-23 19:59

Steam Box

Our friends at Glen-L published this article. Check out a good idea for a simple steam box to bend lumber for your build. Quick and effective.

2014-05-20 12:41

Foldak - 12 foot folding canoe

Wooden Widget has added the Foldak, a 12 foot folding canoe.

The Foldak is an easy to build 12 foot folding canoe. Like the Fliptail it consists of a central keel, drop down floors, four hoops and a reinforced PVC skin. It unfolds in less than a minute and all the pieces needed to assemble it are always attached so you won't arrive at the water's edge missing a vital piece. It is stable, tracks well yet is easy to turn. Designed to be used with either a single paddle or a double kayak paddle.