Seafoam Kayak

>>> Seafoam Kayak

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".)

Current Drives

>>> Current Drives

The other day I mentioned the Oru Kayak with Electrafin, but I wanted to point out that this is not the only product that Current Drives produces. The same device can attach to SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards), and they have their own SUPs and inflatable SUPs with integrated electric drives.

I need to try a SUP someday… not sure my balance is that good, but looks like fun 🙂

Portland Pudgy

>>> Portland Pudgy

Billed as the "World’s Best Dinghy", the Portland Pudgy certainly seems to be an interesting (and tough) design.

Made from rotation-molded polyethylene, it has closed-cell foam filling making it "unsinkable". Easily rightable (they have videos of it being done by a person in the water), it looks like a tough, serviceable boat.

How may dinghys have you seen flying?

A Portland Pudgy was used as a gondola under a bunch of helium filled balloons on an attempted Atlantic aerial crossing. Really.

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.