Highland Woodworking – a Highland Hardware company

>>> Highland Woodworking – a Highland Hardware company

If you are into boating and boat building, you probably have a great appreciation for fine woodworking. So many boats have incredible yacht finishes with displays of wood craftsmanship that I know I’ll never match. Even steel boat builders usually have wooden interiors and trim.

Highland Hardware is a longtime Atlanta, GA (USA) hardware store that has specialized in fine woodworking tools and woodworking training and demos. I wondered by there this afternoon to drool. A really neat place to wonder around, if you’re ever in the area. If not, they have an extensive web site and online business.

Check out their blog… its an interesting and fun read also.

Happy Memorial Day

Just a quick "Happy Memorial Day" wish to all. As you are with your friends and family, please remember all of those who have made our celebrations and our hobbies possible.


Building a model

So, what have I been up to? A couple of things… the biggest has been trying to find a source of wood. I have a couple of sources, and am waiting on a couple of bids from out of state. It would ease my mind to know where I can get affordable wood, but I’m sure I’ll find something.

If you’re on the west coast or New England area, you don’t know how lucky you are if you are wanting to build a boat 🙂 I have gotten in touch with another couple of builders in my area, and hope that we can share leads, etc. It’s always good to know somebody else "local" who is trying to do these things.

Other than that, I decided to use Google’s Sketchup product to build a "model" of the craft. This has proven to be a big help in being able to visualize things, how parts fit together, etc.

Here’s an example of the frames lined up on their "strongback". Obviously the strongback doesn’t have to really exist 🙂

It’s a lot cheaper to mess up here and fix things than to mess up real wood. Expect to see this model grow as things progress.


>>> Torqeedo

Torqeedo is a German company (products also available here in the U.S.) which is making a line of high end, highly efficient electric "outboard motors". I haven’t found anybody with direct experience with them yet, but their web site gives lots of detailed information, including technical details on power output, usage and the like.

They have one small model that is self-contained and folds up… battery is included in the "head" so that you have an entire motive power source for your dinghy or whatever in a portable unit.

EPower Marine

>>> EPower Marine

EPower Marine is offering a turnkey, designed from scratch electric boat. The Lear 204 is 20 feet 4 inches long, with a beam of 8 feet 5 inches, draws 22″ of water, and with the top up is 5 feet 8 inches tall. Weight is listed as 3500 pounds.

This boat has a "runabout" look, but is a displacement hull and EPower states a top speed of 5.7 mph and a range of 10 hours (or 55 miles).

Offered in a fixed hard top, a soft top or a moveable hard top (powered).

I understand prices are in the $65,000 range.

Devlin Arctic Tern home build

>>> Devlin Arctic Tern home build

Peter Gron is building a Sam Devlin designed 23′ sloop the Arctic Tern. This is a stitch and glue build that he has been blogging about since starting in August

  1. He has a very nice site (and what looks to be a very nice boat). Sites like this where the builders have hung in there and continue to blog (and build) help the rest of us realize how big this endeavor can be.

Hang in there Peter, its looking good!

Happy Birthday Craft A Craft

Hard to believe, but one year ago this site went live. I don’t know where the time has gone.

From that first post (here’s a copy of the earliest version I have saved) to until today there have been 746 published articles. After an early on again, off again schedule, in the last 8 months there have been only 11 days without new content. Some of this content has proven very popular, and obviously some was only of interest to me 🙂 Glance back through the archives and see what you find.

In that time we’ve also opened an Amazon based store to assist in finding your boating book (and “stuff”) needs. We’ve also opened up commenting with a pretty good automatic spam filter so that you can make comments and have them appear without waiting for my approval.

Hopefully you are finding some gems amoung the links and articles I have provided. I want to thank the contributers who have sent me pictures or links, those who have answered my questions, and most of all, thanks to all of you out there who make Craft A Craft a regular stop in your web surfing.

Where are we going from here? Well, I have plans to do some redesign of the home page to hopefully make it easier to find things and to navigate around. I want to include more links to some of our other boating blogger friends so that you won’t miss posts from other sites. Lastly, I’m moving more into the “build phase” of my Van Abbema V28 and hope to have regular updates on that front.