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A day of boatbuilding fun! Working on the North Shore Sailing Skiff at CBMM.

Excellent times Saturday as I took advantage of a Christmas gift of another day in the Apprentice for a Day program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. I hadn’t been there since the passing of Dan Sutherland, who ran the program for the past few years and a much-missed genius. Happily the program has [...]

Update on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project – structure coming along nicely

Once again vacation (kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing at Cuttyhunk Island), our building project, and, alas, life have overtaken blogging. Well, Chine bLog is back. The good news is that the design and building project – the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe – is progressing well.

As you can see, the stringers are mostly on and [...]

Milestone reached on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe – outwales on!

Great news out of our little boatyard here at Chine bLog headquarters: the main hull – wa’a – of the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe now has outwales and thus shows her shape. There is still a little to do in the stern with the port outwale needing a little more coaxing to get into shape. The [...]

Design details on the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe

One of the aspects to designing and building my own boat is the noodling on very specific problems – how would X work, how do I need to construct Y, how big does Z need to be, etc. To think through these issues I have done some mini-lofting – full-sized drawings of pieces of the [...]

My first boat – a Gloucester Light Dory

I was 16 and she was a Gloucester Light Dory, which is just a gorgeous design. The lines are amazing and she was beautiful to row. I am particularly proud of the transom, which my dad helped me do with leftover mahogany and finish bright. Same with the breasthook.

Of course I was young [...]