Hermes prototype yacht design

>>> Hermes prototype yacht design

There are all kinds of prototype and "odd" design studies you see, but this one is a bit different. Its very wide and "short" for its size.

They have also built a full scale mockup from what appears to be CNC cut plywood or the like.

Interesting concept. I don’t think it would do well in following seas or the like, and I have no idea what short and very wide would do to hull speed, but worth a look.

Ambidextrous boat-building

Well, got my rear deck locker lids with their hinges mounted tonight! Not a real big deal, but nice to get something done.


I did come to one epiphany during this activity tonight… you need to be ambidextrous (“being equally adept in the use of both right and left”) to build a boat. Whenever you do something on one side of the craft, then you have to move around and do the very same thing on the opposite hand. This means contorting yourself in some really odd way, or working “off-handed”.

If you have a boat-building partner, make sure you favor opposite hands!

Hinges, again

There is something about me and hinges that just don’t work. If you remember, I bought some nice, fancy hinges for the rear sponson covers and they didn’t work. I of course didn’t find that until I had them open, messed with and the receipt lost.

Following that trend, the other day I picked up a strip of piano hinge to see about using for the rear deck side lockers. Upon closer examination, I figured out it was the wrong size. At least I figured that out before I cut it in two (it was cheaper to buy a long section than two shorter ones).

Tonight returned that (at least I still had the receipt) and got a different style of hinge (T-hinge) that I have decided I’m going to bend and use in place of that (kind of like what I wound up doing on the rear sponson covers. They were cheaper than the piano hinges as a bonus.

All of that and I managed to forget to get the rest of the window material I needed. Started to get it the other day, but was in the smaller car and was afraid it wouldn’t fit. Was in the bigger vehicle tonight and forgot. Duh.

Money = $11.74 (hinges) + $.82 (tax) = $12.56

Finally back at it – painting

Didn’t work all that long, but did actually get some things done this afternoon. Started by removing the rear cabin door window frame pieces from their temporary mount and planing on them some. Cut the window groove in the upper curved piece that was still lacking, and then painted them.

Moved around the boat doing other painting and touch-up of the burgandy paint. Rubrails got another coat and are looking fairly respectable. The front and rear roof overhangs got some paint on the bottom of them and various and sundry little areas.

Time = 1.25 hours

Engine & Transmission Installation with Garry Stout

>>> Engine & Transmission Installation with Garry Stout

Glen-L is having another of their teleseminars, this one on engine and transmission installation.

Join us on Tuesday, September 29 at 5PM Pacific for our next Glen-L Teleseminar.

If you are building or plan to build an inboard boat, you won’t want to miss this one.

I will be interviewing Garry Stout who built the 19′ Monaco runabout and had "never built anything out of wood before"! Well, look at his boat above and you’ll see that he obviously figured it out. And, that’s one happy man too! The interview with Garry will focus on engine-related issues:

  • Engine & transmission installation
  • Drilling the prop shaft hole
  • Rudder installation
  • Motor stringers
  • Throttle & shift cable installation


>>> Sailrite


If you are going to be working on fabric for your boat (sails, bimini covers, cushions, etc.), you may want to check out Sailrite. They sell fabrics, commercial sewing machines and all manner of supplies.

Sailrite is truly a canvas worker’s hardware store. The company’s full product line of nearly 6,000 items is viewable online. As a full stocking retailer of marine fabrics, fasteners, thread, webbing, sail hardware, industrial and semi-industrial portable sewing machines, clear vinyl, awning hardware and do-it-yourself sail/canvas projects you will be able to find everything you need!

Sailmaker’s Apprentice

Sailmaker’s Apprentice

Saw some good reviews for this one, including a pretty detailed overview at Cool Tools (which is an interesting site to follow, anyhow.

Learn how to design, make, repair, improve, and maintain sails

If you want to produce sturdy sails for daysailing and cruising, built of low-tech materials you can repair with a few simple tools, The Sailmaker’s Apprentice can show you how. Emphasizing the handwork that distinguishes the highest-quality, most durable sails, sail pro Emiliano Marino tells you how to select a rig, introduces you to sail shape and theory, and then shows you — step by step, with the help of over 700 detailed illustrations — how to sew patches, hand sew rings, fix tears or frayed edges, and stitch seams, not to mention how to make your own sails, canvas sailcovers, and sailbags from scratch.

A visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner comprehensive apprenticeship, this hands-on reference is an illustrated tour of the world’s rig and sail types, contemporary and historical.

pi mobility

>>> pi mobility


Another in our series of bicycle posts. Yes, its a boat blog, but many, many boaters use bicycles to get around when they are ashore. Easy to transport and (at least sometimes) easier than walking.

Now technology is bringing many of our interests together. Electric based bicycles. Just another place the electric world is converging.

Pedal all you want. Or flick the switch and the silent motor will zip you around at 20 mph for up to 30 miles. Or do both in the hybrid mode (motor and pedaling together) and watch your distance increase to up to 100 miles and beyond.

Whichever way you want to ride, you’ll feel and look absolutely fabulous. Even when handling steep, 25% grade, SF-class hills, congested roadways, narrow streets, or the quick trip to your favorite restaurant.

  • About 10 cents to charge
  • Roughly a 1500 MPGe or “Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (if you were to measure the unique hybrid of human and electric power against a fossil fuel)
  • Design Week U.K. Consumer Product of the Year 2007 Finalist
  • $2,450 base