New Shop Vac

Given that today is my birthday, Melanie and Dane got me a little present. My old shop vac has been great, but it’s on it’s last legs. Since it was a wet/dry, it has done yeoman’s work sucking up the last of the water when I’ve had to pump out the boat. Since the motor and bearings seem about shot, its now been replaced.

The Amazon link (sometimes) shows a red one; mine’s blue and was somewhat cheaper at Lowes.

I like the small vacs for around the house/around the boat work. The large units are too hard to move around and deal with. The small ones have to be emptied more, but I can pick it up and go where I want.

Played with this one for a minute in the house tonight and it really sucks (and blows out the other side).

Money = $20

A couple of improvements

Just wanted to take a second and point out a couple of changes here on Craft A Craft.

First off, I have reworked the Craft A Craft Store a bit… it’s totally hosted on Amazon now (all transactions are through them, so you can feel safe with your money). Hopefully it looks a bit better and is easier to navigate. There’s a good bit of stuff there (mostly books)… dig around if you get a chance.

Next is a usability improvement driven by an email question I got from a site member… we now have the ability to print and/or email various posts you might find here. If you look at the upper right corner of any given posting (see example below), you will see icons for printing, emailing or converting to PDF (handy if you want to save for posterity).

I hope these changes are helpful to you. Please drop me a note and let me know suggestions or complaints!


Nora Jayne Construction Pictures

>>> Nora Jayne Construction Pictures

Robert Deering has a new power cat… really nice looking (from the Trawlers and Trawlering mailing list).

In case you’re interested, here’s a link to a series of construction pics of my new Maxweld aluminum powercat, the NORA JAYNE, built in Oregon. Sea trials occurred last week. Final inspection in a couple weeks. November really isn’t boating season in Juneau, but I have some work of my own to do on it.

This boat isn’t a trawler by any means, particularly since it can cruise at 30 kts, but you might find it of interest.

Canal Boat pictures

>>> Canal Boat pictures

Canal boats have been commonly covered here on Craft A Craft… someday I may still go down that path. A dutch barge especially, but any of the designs are nice. is a popular Web 2.0 site for uploading pictures of your family, friends, cats, boats or whatever. If you want to kill some time, check out some nice pictures. This search will lead you to thousands of canal boats of one sort or another.

Deck drainage

Well, it rained for a bit tonight. Checked on the boat when I got home and it was really nice to see that the foredeck was draining nicely through its scuttles, instead of making a huge lake.

Another Direction

>>> Another Direction

Our friends Warren and Robin have decided not to buy their Island Pilot DSe and instead change back to a land based life… although I’m sad to see them go, I wish them well and hope they keep posting of their adventures.

I look forward to seeing more of the boat that they were instrumental in getting finished… I think these types of designs are going to be important down the road.