Craft A Craft

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‘Almost Free’ Cruising Guides

Mark and Diana Doyle, which we’ve mentioned several time for thier great Intracoastal Waterway guides, has announed that they are moving to a low-cost, ad-free model, operating as a non-profit.

This seems a great boon to cruisers, and a great way to get some high quality guides while supporting a good organization. Check them out.

When Mark and I first started our Managing the Waterway guides—now On the Water ChartGuides—we made the decision to keep our publications low-cost and ad-free. We wanted to put cruisers first, and realized it was always going to be a public service project.

Well, we’ve now decided to make it formal! On March 1, 2014, semi-local publications LLC (dba On the Water ChartGuides and formerly Managing the Waterway) ceased commercial operations. Going forward, and operating as a non-profit, our efforts will be to deliver “Almost Free” cruising and anchoring guides to boaters transiting the Intracoastal Waterway between Hampton Roads, Virginia and Biscayne Bay, Florida.

What does this mean for you? It means our goal is now to make our resources available as close to free as possible. As you can imagine, we can’t seem to find a paper manufacturer, printer, or fulfillment house as enthusiastic about supplying free ICW information to boaters as we are. So, in practice, with manufacturing and transaction costs, that puts a paper guide from our website at $9.95 (from $29.95). Future enhanced-digital editions should only be a few dollars.

In addition, we will move toward disseminating safety and educational information about the ICW through electronic media, boating presentations and webinars, and free updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Our new (mobile-compatible!) website, now reflects these new prices and will contain additional content over time.

Mark and I are very excited about doing this, and we hope the cruising community is as enthusiastic!

Warm regards,

Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, Authors

Hooked on Wooden

Weekly podcast celebrating the art, craft, history, and tradition of wooden boats!

Neat site with lots of resources… check it out.

The Removal of the New Carissa

A page of pretty impressive photography outlining the salvage and removal of the New Carissa from the North Spit near Coos Bay, Oregon.

Foldavan Bicycle Caravan

OK, so it’s not a boat, but many boaters also use bicycles, especially given how good a form of transport it is to run to the store from wherever you’re moored.

Check out this new design from Benjy at Woodedwidget.

SV Seeker - Building Our Dreams

SV Seeker - Building Our Dreams

A neat and extensive blog by some folks that will jump in and do anything. They have home built submarines, ROVs (remote operated vehicles - underwater), metal working, etc. Check out the build log of the origami boat for details.

If your interests are in exploration, discovery and adventure then what better than a boat to take you where you want to go. SV Seeker is our 74 foot steel origami hull, junk rigged, cargo, motor sailer. Once completed she will be a part time research/charter vessel and full time home on the water.


An impressive site with lots of various technology, boats, ideas and links. The walkthrough of the boat is impressive with details of the technologies and pictures.