Deep Flight Submersibles

>>> Deep Flight Submersibles

Deep Flight

Graham Hawkes is building the DeepFlight Super Falcon, which is a cross between a submarine and an airplane. Its a sub, obviously, but it "flies" underwater, using aircraft type control surfaces, etc.

He has a goal to actually do a loop (loop upside-down) in Lake Tahoe soon. This will apparently be a first for a submarine.

Fox News has an interview with Hawkes where they discuss the craft a bit.

Neat looking.

Airstream Renovation

>>> Airstream Renovation

I know, this isn’t a camper site, but there are lots of overlaps between boats and RV’s. And the RV world is certainly a place to steal some ideas. They have many of the same goals of space and weight saving, reliability, usability and the like.

This is a fun transformation of an old Airstream trailer into a permanent location installation, while combining modern shapes with retro-seeming components to maintain the Airstream feel.

The Airstream Project is described as “a big endeavor, beginning with a crash course in Airstream culture and history.

The Greatest Loop

>>> The Greatest Loop

The Greatest Loop

This is a really neat Great Loop cruise log. The trip was sponsored by Beneteau along with quite a few of the big names in the marine industry. The boat was a nice Swift Trawler ’34. The web site is very well done, with lots of details, pictures and a slick map. I wish I had found it earlier, but it makes for some interesting reading. As I write this, they have made about three-quarters of the trip and are working their way up the East Coast.

I’ll point out this interview, which is how I was led to the page.

Optimist sailboat build

>>> Optimist sailboat build

Optimist sailboat build

The Optimist has long been being built. It’s designed to be build from 3 sheets of plywood, and to be easy to build. This is a good overview of a group building a boat as part of a summer youth sailing camp. They were able to make sure of a ShopBot CNC machine to cut parts and let the kids do assembly without a lot of the more dangerous cutting equipment.

In 1947 a gentleman named Clark Mills designed a small sail boat for kids to learn to build and sail called the Optimist. This boat was designed to be built from 3 sheets of plywood, with basic woodworking abilities. As time progressed, builders began to modify the boats to gain speed advantages – as happens with all vehicles.

In 1995 the International Optimist Association took the boat back to its roots and a set of dimensions were compiled to retain an exact shape of the boat, so as to remove design advantages from one boat to another. The Optimist is tightly controlled now with over 60 measurements and tolerances of the hull are generally +/- 5 mm. The tolerances do not allow the builder to exploit the possible variations of shape of the hull, but do allow a competent builder to construct a legal racing hull.

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club has a summer youth sailing camp. Through the years we have trained many a young boy or girl to rig and sail the small boats available to us. Normally in an older Laser or Coronado 15. In 2011, the sailing program decided that the Optimist had a place in our sailing fleet to allow the younger kids (7-15) to rig, launch, sail and retrieve the boats themselves while under adult supervision. We set about looking at the building of wood/epoxy Optimist sailing boats. We quickly focused on making racing legal hulls so as to be competitive with other surrounding sailing clubs. This is where the accuracy and repeatability of the ShopBot CNC router at TechShop of Menlo Park became an invaluable tool in our fleet building. I made it at TechShop. Due to the close tolerances allowed, and the desire to have an almost identical fleet of boats, the ShopBot fit the bill to the letter. Once I redrew the plans into CAD drawings and transferred to cut files the different parts of the boats were identical. Each group of people that wanted to build a boat only had small amounts of fitting, beveling and gluing to accomplish, with very little use of dangerous equipment needed and quick progress to show for their efforts, so kids fit right into the task of building boats.

Ships Nostalgia

>>> Ships Nostalgia

Here’s you a site that seems guaranteed to spend hours on. Even if you aren’t into ships, if you are boating anywhere except land-locked lakes, it is probably a good idea to be familiar with their viewpoint of the waterways. Share the road!

Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world’s greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what’s more, it’s completely FREE.

Wooden Kayaks

>>> Wooden Kayaks

Wooden Kayaks

We’ve had the Guillemot Kayaks site before, but I wanted to bring Nick Schade’s "parent site" to your attention. Lots of pictures of some incredible boats.

The Stitch and Glue Night Heron shows some really impressive CNC woodwork. As Seth Godin mentioned, instead of trying to hide the joint, this is taking the various seams and transitions that are required in building a boat and makes them part of the design.