March Passagemaker – Duck Builders

PassageMaker Magazine, a good "print" magazine (that you can now also subscribe to online for a lower cost and much greater space savings) has a fairly detailed "pro’s and con’s" article on home building a cruising boat in this month’s issue. Concentrating on George Buehler’s Diesel Duck designs and the people building them, it seems a good recap of some of the things you need to think about.

Stepping a Mast

>>> Stepping a Mast

There are lots and lots of ways to step a mast (raise the mast) on a sailboat. On larger craft, this gets into cranes and the like, but for smaller boats, its a process that you do often as you launch and trailer your boat.

Good Old Boat had this nice article covering one fairly simple method.

In surfing around looking at this, I ran across this guy, who seems to have his process down to an art 🙂

Shrinkwrap your boat – yourself

>>> Shrinkwrap your boat – yourself

I commonly see boats (new and otherwise) being transported and stored with the white shrinkwrap on them. Given I have spent time fighting tarps and the like covering mine, I have wished I could wrap mine.


Little did I know that you can "do-it-yourself". Dr. Shrink carries all the supplies you would need. Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine recently published Honey, I Shrunk the Boat by Jan Mundy which details what’s required to successfully wrap a boat. Doesn’t sound too bad, with a little practice. Jan does stress not cheaping out on the supplies and tools, which is usually good advise in most DIY activities.

Note that you can shrink wrap all manner of things… doesn’t have to be a boat. Wonder how it would do on a boat-building shed… hmmm. Dr. Shrink’s page has a blog with further thoughts and ideas worth checking out.