Glen L. Witt, from Glen-L has written a good article explaining a bit about how a self-draining cockpit is designed, and some of the limitations you encounter when trying to have such capability on small craft.
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.
Really slick little motor for a small craft. Instructables has this video showing a couple of guys motoring around in their canoe, including some beautiful scenering including several British looking canal boats.
Toward the end of the video they break down their motor and show how it was assembled. Wish I could do that on a slightly larger scale.
Rob Rohde-Szudy has put together one of the best "Welding 101" articles over at Duckworks Magazine that I’ve ran across. Not knowing how to weld (and not having the tools) is probably what drove me to a wooden boat instead of steel.
Someday this is a skill I’ll gain at least a little of.