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RIP wooden boat builder Harold “Dynamite” Payson

We here at Chine bLog were sad to hear the news earlier this week of the passing of Harold “Dynamite” Payson. If the late, great Phil Bolger deserved eternal bliss for designing the Gloucester Light Dory, Dynamite Payson deserves the same for making the great design so accessible. Dynamite Payson literally wrote the book on [...]

Roger Fletcher and the river boats of the American West

There is logic to this, but I won’t get into it. Suffice it to say that I had recently been thinking about the wooden dories and river boats indigenous to the American West. I don’t know much about these boats and have never been in one, so I don’t think about them much (of [...]

“Canoe Rig” – an amazing way to expand the possibilities of what a canoe adventure could be

Canoe Rig: The Essence and the Art : Sailpower for Antique and Traditional Canoes, by Todd Bradshaw, is one of those books that stakes out a new piece of turf in your mind. In this case, that turf is the possibilities of adding spars and canvas to the traditional canoe. Bradshaw presents, in great, [...]

Great book on building skin-on-frame kayaks and other boats

One of my recent fascinations is skin-on-frame boats (and, if I read my blog stats correctly, others also have this interest). For those with this interest, I recommend Building Skin-on-Frame Boatsby Robert Morris. It is an easy read with a good mix of theory, practice, and background. Mr. Morris is a real seat-of-the-pants builder [...]