“What on earth were you thinking?” seemed to be the most popular response when friends first laid eyes upon my latest purchase; a 57′ Carri Craft named â€˜The Aristocat’.
I’m glad David managed such a successful rebuild. From a sunken and scrapped mess of a hull, to a boat they enjoy. A true labor of love.
Not very eco-friendly, but let’s build one!
Just a fun picture I saw a link to. Click for the full size.
Not exactly a real ocean-going kayak here, but a bit of fun. As always, be careful with things like this.
Mad Marinerâ„¢ has quite a few various videos hosted on their YouTube channel. This particular one links to a demo of a life raft actually being inflated (something a lot of us probably/hopefully never really see).
Interesting looking book, and if you can deal with a Kindle format (you can do that on a PC, tablet, etc.), then less than a dollar.
A bit of an irreverent take on a simple, one-sheet boat. But even has a "glass bottom". I like the KISS, use plain old "stuff" and make a fun, toy boat. We’ve had other designs covered here and here.
There is a seemingly growing movement toward small homes. Many of their features are similar to boats, in terms of making the most use of space, etc.
Something I hadn’t ran into was small floating homes. Kind of an upscale, moored houseboat. I love the large picture windows.
Stephanie Reiley’s has a tiny floating home on the Columbia River outside of Portland, OR. She has a detailed blog at ComingUnmoored.com.
If you have a boat, you often have vinyl seats. If you have vinyl seats, you probably will be repairing or replacing them at some point. Seats and any exterior feature on a boat lives a very hard life.
This is a good set of instructions covering (pun intended) the basics of dealing with vinyl seats. The author also has some other posts up, including some on restoring an aluminum boat. He looks to be making more, so is definitely somebody to watch.
Little late in the day, but I hope all my American readers had a nice and safe holiday. We managed some work around the house and then dinner and swimming with friends, which was nice.
Maybe I should have built a little heavier and just skipped the whole trailer thing 🙂
Triumph Boats takes pride in their boats, and how tough they are. They have other humorous videos on their site.