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.

2014-10-22 21:01

Blue Bird - the restoration of a gentleman's yacht

Blue Bird

The history and restoration of a beautiful 1938 yacht…

In the spring of 2007 Astilleros de Mallorca completed the restoration of M/Y Blue Bird, a classic gentleman’s yacht built in 1938 for Sir Malcolm Campbell. The story of the restoration of Blue Bird started a few years earlier, in the spring of 2004 to be precise.

2014-10-21 22:59

Outer Reef Yachts Quik Code System (tm)

QR Code

Outer Reef Yachts has implemented a neat technical solution to finding instructional and maintenance information about components on their boats. Affixing a QR code to each item allows a quick scan of the barcode and immediate access to the information desired.

2014-10-21 22:52

Outer Reef Yachts

High end, seagoing yachts. Drool.

Built to open Ocean, category A standards, “Unrestricted Navigation,” for stability and safety, you can rest assured your Outer Reef will get you to your destination in safety and comfort.

Our shipyard is ISO 9001 (International Organization for Standardization) certified, which guarantees the highest quality design and quality control measures. All vessels built for the European Union are certified in accordance with Recreational Craft Directive, C.E. Directive 9425/EC and with the mark C.E. Outer Reef also builds to class societies such as Bureau Veritas (BV) and Queensland Commercial Survey (QCS).

2014-09-29 20:08

Beneteau Barracuda 9

Beneteau Barracuda 9

I saw this nice ‘little’ boat from Beneteau the other day, the Barracuda 9. Reminds me a bit of a C-Dory.