Boat design, home building, and cruising in a nutshell

Our friends Mark and Diana Doyle at On the Water Chartguides are moving away from the water for a time. Given their guides are geared around current, personal knowledge, they have elected to cease publishing. I have to respect them for their position.

We love that quote, and after nearly 30 years it turns out that Mark and I can describe the ICW pretty well … so we figure it’s time to keep going.

In Cuba this winter we talked daily about building a plan for our next ten years. The result is that m/v Semi-Local is for sale, we’ve bought another RV, and we’re prepping some long hikes and looking forward to lots of international travel!

First, we want to thank everyone for all of the friendship and support you’ve offered as we’ve stumbled through this self-publishing obstacle course together.

Second, we want to wish each of you success and happiness in chasing your own dreams … on whatever magic carpet you choose.

Many will ask, “Why shut down On the Water ChartGuides?” The reason is pretty simple and we think you’ll understand and respect our decision.

Our books, and our reputation, were built upon really-really being there. We were current, accurate, and detailed. And that will no longer be possible. So rather than milk the cash cow and sell stale info, or worse yet, become yet another of today’s armchair-cruising Google-researching guide publishers, we’re shutting down our Apple iBook Store and selling off the remaining print inventory from our website.

We’re water dogs, so we’ll undoubtedly see many of you again. And as more and more of you travel to places away from shore … well, who knows?

All National Parks are on our bucket list. So is RVing New Zealand, hiking Kilimanjaro, and riding a camel at the Great Pyramid!

We’re ready for that new plan … it’s called, “Other People’s Guides.” 😉

27 Apr 2016 11:19:28

Aluminum Dutch Barge

dutch barge video

It's all in German, which I don't speak, but the pictures tell the story. Pretty boat.

30 Mar 2016 10:48:09

It's cute

It's cute
commercial power

The Jeanneau Merry Fisher 755 Marlin - BoatTest has a overview with more pictures here.

Just a cute little runabout. For those of us that don't like the sun as much (or boat in colder climes), having a cabin is nice :-)

A fun looking Instructable where a Gavin Atkin Mouseboat design (plans are free from Duckworks) is constructed from builders foam insulation. Wouldn't have thought it would be tough enough, but he skins it with glue-impregnated cloth and it seems to work well.

Fun project.

(I didn't know people built camping trailers from this stuff... they call them "foamies".)

PassageMaker has a very good article giving an initial introduction to Beneteau's hybrid prototype. Built in conjunction with Elco (nothing like 120+ years of electric boat experience), they have modified a Swift Trawler 34 to have a hybrid power train.

Pretty slick. I expect the costs (as they have with cars and other things) will come down and become viable in the next few years. Definitely a technology to watch, in my opinion.

A good Glen-L article giving an overview (with some really good links to other sites) of the use and recommended (non)-use of stainless steel fastenings in boatbuilding.

The obvious isn't always such a great fit in the harsh climate.

03 Mar 2016 22:28:10

Glen of Glen-L

Glen of Glen-L

Please say a quick prayer for Glen (of Glen-L fame) and his family... his daughter Gayle Brantuk (who has run the business for a while now), posted this today:

Dear Glen-L Family,

Many of you ask from time to time, how my father Glen is doing. I just want to let you know that he was recently in the hospital with Pneumonia and we have brought him home. However, his health is failing. At 97 years of age, it comes as no surprise, but, is quite emotionally draining.

No matter how much time Glen has with us, we know his life and legacy will continue on in the Glen-L boats you folks have and will continue to build and enjoy.

We would sure appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you so much... At Your Service,

Gayle Brantuk
Glen-L Marine Designs

Neat footage... somehow the old, decaying vessels are always beautiful and sad at the same time. Somebody was once so proud of those ships, and so much work and craftsmanship went into building them.

And at the end, a modern vessel steams away. When will it join its retired brethren?

Tugboat Graveyard

Squeezed between Staten Island and New Jersey is Arthur Kill waterway and the Witte Marine Equipment Company. Over the last century, Witte Marine has slowly dismantled hundreds of ships that once crowded the bustling piers of New York's coastline. Even with a steady stream of salvage work and deconstruction, many old tugboats and smaller harbor ships have accumulated on the shores of Arthur Kill and now rot in shallow water.

Good overview of the history of one of those nautical terms you might have wondered about... knot.

I've seen "single sheet boats" plenty of time (where you build a boat from a single sheet of plywood), but I've never encountered a "single 2x4" boat before.

Very nice woodwork... a bit unstable on that first launch, but try, try again... :-)

The launch:

The build:

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