Building and testing a RapidWhale mini-boat…
From our friends over at WoodenWidget:
It’s not a boat (make sure and check out their dinghy plans while you’re there – it was my first boat build), but looks like a lot of fun.
Wonder about using a CNC to cut that frame… I’ll have to ask 🙂
The Hoopy wooden bicycle. It might look complicated to make but the frame can be marked, cut out and glued ready for varnish in just two days. The box section frame is immensely strong yet only weighs 3 kilos.
The Hoopy is a ‘one size fits all’ bicycle but the seat can be raised or lowered during the build if required. It can carry two with ease and will make you friends wherever you go. It’s also great to ride. Surprisingly fast and very comfy.
Most of the parts needed to build a Hoopy are easily available secondhand or can be salvaged from old bikes.
For those in the US (or anywhere that is willing to celebrate with us :-))
(courtesy of Hillsdale College)
It’s all in German, which I don’t speak, but the pictures tell the story. Pretty boat.
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?
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.
Manufacturing the worlds most advanced cruising yacht to the highest standards of speed, efficiency, and stability takes lots of technology and an uncompromising discipline.
Pretty boat… that system that allows the boat to "hover" on its on is really slick. Not sure how much I would care to trust in "by itself" in a crowded area like he did in the video. Not sure if there is a wireless remote or not. The triple (claimed to be more efficient than dual – seems counterintuitive to me, but) Volvo-Penta IPS600 is an interesting setup.
Synthetic teak and no brightwork is a trend I like seeing on upper end boats. I want to enjoy the boat, not spend all my time on maintenance.