The Souquillou Project

>>> The Souquillou Project

I wish this guy well… hand building a cedar dugout canoe – and then sailing the English Channel.

The Souquillou Project is not just about the building of a canoe, it’s a project about transforming a tree into a seaworthy vessel and get it about 150 km (about 100 miles) from the inland of North France to the white cliffs of the stormy coast of South England.

Check his video blog, also.

Carving a Cedar Canoe PART 1 from Bricobart on Vimeo.

le boat

>>> le boat

I have no relationship or experience with them, but seems like an interesting opportunity to explore if you are wanting to rent a canalboat in Europe.

Le Boat’s intimate self-drive cruisers will open up a new way for you to discover Europe; your cruiser is your private floating villa giving you the freedom to travel at your own pace; stopping where you want and when you want, and best of all no experience or license is necessary.

Le boat offers these enchanting vacations in 8 European countries; France, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England or Scotland experience the romance of the French countryside; cruise the Grand Canal of Venice or through the lush green landscape of Ireland; visit the tulip fields of Holland or stop for a pint at a local pub in England.

Whatever country you choose to explore you will take home with you cherished memories of a truly one of a kind vacation. Wherever you choose to explore you will take home cherished memories of a truly one of a kind holiday.

Cowes Week Regatta

>>> Cowes Week Regatta

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I had never heard of the Cowes Week festivities in the south of Britain, until I started getting some email with little video clips (first one above). Looks like a lot of fun.

Of note is that their charity this year is Toe in the Water, which is emphasising competitive sailing for injured servicemen. A way to get back involved in physical and mentally challenging sports and activites for some of our heroes that have paid a heavy price.

About Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Cowes Week is one of the longest-running regular regattas in the world. With 40 daily races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world. Having started in 1826, the event is held on the Solent (the area of water between southern England and the Isle of Wight made tricky by strong double tides), and is run by Cowes Week Limited in the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

The Asgard

>>> The Asgard

The Asgard, a historic gun-running ship from Ireland’s struggle for independence is now on display at Dublin’s National Museum of Ireland.

The Asgard was built in 1905 for Erskine and Molly Childers, leading Irish nationalists. In 1914, they used the vessel to run guns to the Irish Volunteers in Howth. The smugglers brought in 900 German Mausers and a stock of ammunition, some of which later saw use in the famous standoff at the Dublin General Post Office during the Easter Uprising.

Transport vessel “Blue Marlin” in Rotterdam

>>> Transport vessel “Blue Marlin” in Rotterdam

You can see details and pictures here. Neat to have the pictures taken from a kite.

The Blue Marlin (owned by Dockwise) is a huge transport vessel. It arrived in Rotterdam with a cargo of 18 riverboats and a few large pontoons (made in China).

This image was taken by a camera (NEX5) lifted by a kite (2.5m BKT Rokkaku)

Crossing the Atlantic in a Multihull Flats Boat

>>> Crossing the Atlantic in a Multihull Flats Boat

…we were working on the boat the night before we left, at two o’clock in the morning, and it still wasn’t done.

These guys crossed the Atlantic in honor of the memory of Sgt John Harvey, Cpl George Holmes, and SSgt Dewey Johnson. They are trying to raise awareness and money for some of our fallen hero soldiers.

I want to learn a lot more about their boat. A 21′ outboard powered design that can navigate in 3" of water… but can handle the ocean? Sounds impressive. Looks kind of flat-bottom catamaran like. Mad Marinerâ„¢ has an in-depth interview with them that is worth the read.

Narrowboats.org

>>> Narrowboats.org

A couple of years ago (gee, has it been that long?) we pointed out Nick’s Canal Route Planner. A recent comment points out the new Narrowboats.org site, which I have enjoyed looking around.

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Not only do they seem to have a detailed route planning tool, there is also an extensive gallery of British canal pictures, and (for the boat-builders/designers among us) a very neat, interactive narrowboat layout tool.

Narrowboats are great for an amateur doing interior design, since they are much more "house-like" than many boats. A constant width, fairly square cross section, and extensible to various lenghts, you have a lot of lee-way on interior layout. This tool let’s you drag and drop various common interior features together into your plan, then download the PDF of your masterpiece.

Welcome to Narrowboats.org a site that is dedicated to the canals and narrow boats in the United Kingdom. This is a new site offering access to a huge database of canal related information.

The canal planner alone uses more than 10,000 canal points digitised from the Google maps of our canal network; these are used to produce a personalized downloadable PDF document of your planned canal journey.