SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Waldo Lake, Oregon
I decided to go to Waldo Lake, in the mountains east of Eugene, Oregon in mid-September, hoping to be on the water from Friday through the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Having been to Waldo five times in June and once in early August. I wanted to feel the nighttime chill announcing the coming winter, and be both grateful for it and fortified against it, in my winter sleeping bag. I wanted to watch the long and early shadows of Autumn seizing the forest in the afternoon.
XPL EXPLORE MORE
It is early May and, like many of you, we’re thinking about life in a challenging time—about gains, losses and what might come next.
SAFE AND SIMPLE
Changing rigs extended this sailor’s time on the water
Glenn Tripp on building a bunk
The true cost of bringing and old boat back to life
READER BOAT: A Drake 13 called Grebe
I have always wanted to build a sharpie. For me they are archetypal—like a boat from some dream. And mine is a very specific dream: sitting low in the cockpit on a sunny, breezy day, sailing on starboard tack, tiller and sheet in hand, just cruisin’ along in my beautiful little sharpie.
PLAN STUDY: Annabelle Skiff
Standing around after boating on the local pond, I suggested to my friend, the remarkable Paul Helbert, that I thought he would be better served by yet another boat—specifically, the “10' Rowing and Sailing Dinghy” designed by Howard Chapelle. I would modify Chapelle’s hull for skin-on-frame construction, and Paul would build the prototype. Paul could, for a minimal investment in both time and money, have a sailboat that would be lightweight enough to car-top, yet still had room for a passenger. More importantly, the boat promised jaunty performance as well.
Future Physics of the Birdwing Mast
An inventor’s perspective
Building a small, bike-trailerable boat for big water
Preparing a 22-footer for Ocean Crossing
We bought this boat in 1980 as a deluxe model built by Hurley Marine in 1970.
SPOT, SPOT X, inReach, or PLB: Which One?
I like to row, and I even learned how to use a yuloh to move my Potter.
SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Superior's NMCA
From the vantage of my home in Bayfield, Wisconsin I see the first leg of many small-boat cruises to the Apostle Islands.
Tent for Coastal Marsh Sleeper
Karen wants us to sail Clam Girl from Cedar Key up or down coast, lodging to lodging. Roger Barnes suggested in his thorough 2014 book, The Dinghy Cruising Companion, “A civilized solution is to sail between small harbour towns and check into a local hotel each night.”
READER BOAT: The Crazy Boat
Sometimes, great imaginative leaps in mankind’s development never quite take off.
Normally, I talk about hard items like fiberglass, wood, steel or aluminum. Today, I’m offon another tangent—marine fabrics.
For Comfort and Convenience
These are some modifications made to my SCAMP Frisky, to make sailing her more enjoyable.
All the boats in the world by John C.Harris
There’s a formula for a successful proa.
Chartering a Sea Pearl 21 in the Exumas
A New Companionway Door
When I bought my 30-year old West Wight Potter, Blue Knot, it needed a few repairs and replacement parts.
DUCKWORKS BOAT PLANS
Wood + Carbon Fiber
Are you having trouble getting good wood for your boat projects? You are not alone.
And Other Notes from Doubling the Salish 100
SMALL BOAT CRUISE: Isolated Australian Coast
On the opposite side of north Australia from the Great Barrier Reef is a much less-known reef, hugging a rarely visited desert coast, offering soul-feeding beauty that is only amplified by the art of small-boat journeying.
Seascape The Webb Chiles Interview
We caught up with famed sailor and author Webb Chiles just after he’d finished his sixth circumnavigation at age 77.
READER BOAT: AMF Sunbird, Lusty Slogger
On May 1, 2009, while riding my beloved Triumph Bonneville motorcycle on Interstate 40 in Asheville NC, I was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer rig.
On The Beach at Cedar Key
The annual gathering of small craft happens each year on the first weekend in May. It is perfectly located on the tip of a peninsula tucked up in the panhandle of the Gulf of Mexico.
PLAN STUDY: Glen-L 14
Here is a sprightly sloop for sporty sailing the whole family will enjoy.
My Experiment in Retractable Electric Propulsion
Electric outboard motors, the wave of the future, are a great way to propel small watercraft, since they offer several advantages over standard gasoline-powered outboards.
CUSTOM GOAT ISLAND SKIFF
It turns out that I enjoy building and learning about boats even more than I enjoy owning them.