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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.

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July - August 2020

Small-Boat Gear

XPL EXPLORE MORE

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July - August 2020

SHALLOW DRAFT

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.

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July - August 2020

SAFE AND SIMPLE

Changing rigs extended this sailor’s time on the water

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July - August 2020

S-CAMPING

Glenn Tripp on building a bunk

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July - August 2020

RESTORATION

The true cost of bringing and old boat back to life

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July - August 2020

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.

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July - August 2020

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.

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July - August 2020

Future Physics of the Birdwing Mast

An inventor’s perspective

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July - August 2020

Bike Sailing

Building a small, bike-trailerable boat for big water

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July - August 2020

Preparing a 22-footer for Ocean Crossing

We bought this boat in 1980 as a deluxe model built by Hurley Marine in 1970.

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May - June 2020

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.

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May - June 2020

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.

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May - June 2020

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.”

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May - June 2020

READER BOAT: The Crazy Boat

Sometimes, great imaginative leaps in mankind’s development never quite take off.

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May - June 2020

Capt'n Pauley

Normally, I talk about hard items like fiberglass, wood, steel or aluminum. Today, I’m offon another tangent—marine fabrics.

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May - June 2020

For Comfort and Convenience

These are some modifications made to my SCAMP Frisky, to make sailing her more enjoyable.

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May - June 2020

All the boats in the world by John C.Harris

There’s a formula for a successful proa.

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May - June 2020

Bahamian Beachcruising

Chartering a Sea Pearl 21 in the Exumas

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May - June 2020

A New Companionway Door

When I bought my 30-year old West Wight Potter, Blue Knot, it needed a few repairs and replacement parts.

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May - June 2020

Small-Boat Gear

DUCKWORKS BOAT PLANS

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March - April 2020

Wood + Carbon Fiber

Are you having trouble getting good wood for your boat projects? You are not alone.

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March - April 2020

THE PORTAGE

And Other Notes from Doubling the Salish 100

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March - April 2020

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.

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March - April 2020

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.

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March - April 2020

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.

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March - April 2020

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.

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March - April 2020

PLAN STUDY: Glen-L 14

Here is a sprightly sloop for sporty sailing the whole family will enjoy.

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March - April 2020

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.

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March - April 2020

CUSTOM GOAT ISLAND SKIFF

It turns out that I enjoy building and learning about boats even more than I enjoy owning them.

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March - April 2020