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More on Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival 2010… and AL DEMANY CHIMAN

Our friend Tom over at 70.8 took a nice set of pictures at the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, including this one of yours truly at the helm of AL DEMANY CHIMAN. We actually met face-to-face for the first time, which was a hoot. You get a good feel for some of the other nice [...]

AL DEMANY CHIMAN launch weekend part 2 – Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival 2010

While the launch of my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN was marked by kind of unpleasant weather, the following day was gorgeous. This day, October 2nd, was the core day of this year’s Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. For a long time this had been a key date on [...]

Introducing AL DEMANY CHIMAN – the launch of the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe

Friday, October 1, dawned overcast and blustery and remained so as I put the skin-on-frame outrigger canoe on top of the car and headed to a protected spot for a quick launch. Or saw I thought. I arrived at the small beach at Pohick Bay Regional Park to find that there was PLENTY of fetch [...]

More from the boat design collection of Klaus Schmitt

After our prior post showing off the designs of Klaus Schmitt we got some more to add to the collection. We continue to love what Klaus’ eye and style. Take this launch, which Klaus calls “Pidgeon 21.” Great lines and so much classier for cruising the lake on a nice day.

Another new one [...]

Sailing a Delaware Ducker – finale, for now, with Cheaspeake Bay Maritme Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program

And so, like all good things, another set of sessions with Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Apprentice for a Day program has ended. And what a way to go – sailing a Delaware Ducker, the sister of the one on which I have been working. We got two little sails in, with some fine tuning of [...]

We have a launch! Rowing a Delaware Ducker

I was able to get out to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for another round of its Apprentice for a Day program. The highlight of the day was launching the other Delaware Ducker (then one not being built in the program) and getting out for a little row in her. Here is a short video [...]

Some thoughts on the first paddle itself

Having shown off the boat, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts on our first paddle in PEACE OF THE PUZZLE. We had been doing a bit of sailing on the Potomac nearer to DC, and paddling in this creek, Kane’s Creek, was such a pleasure. It was clean! Kane’s Creek emerges from a [...]

Successful christening and launch of the Peace Canoe!

Gorgeous October day here outside DC, a perfect day to be on the water. Gulls and an osprey wheeling about, gusty nor’wester keeping things clear and cool, the pleasant surroundings of Mason Neck State Park (map) – just the environment to christen and launch the Peace Canoe. So christen it we did (the kids helped), [...]

Initial performance thoughts on the Peace Canoe

So we have a short paddle in PEACE OF THE PUZZLE under our belts now. I spent a couple months building it (a few have asked me for hours – I have no idea, but it was a good many) – aftre all that work, what is this boat like? Obviously I’ll need much more [...]