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Great-sounding trip for teens – Chewonki’s Solar Sail

The other evening, the editorial staff here at Chine bLog got flipping through one of the kids’ copies of Ranger Rick magazine, the venerable publication from the National Wildlife Federation. Usually the magazine is a source for pre-teen wildlife education, but this one issue actually contained Chine bLog fodder: a picture of a gorgeous, traditional [...]

Final impressions of Muscongus Bay, ME camp cruise in AL DEMANY CHIMAN

This is a continuation of the story of my 2011 camp cruise in my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN (the introductory post and map is here).

There were a few items I thought it would be useful to touch upon in summary.

Muscongus Bay Let me start with the area I picked. Simply [...]

Days 3-5 of Muscongus Bay, ME cruise in AL DEMANY CHIMAN

This is a continuation of the story of my 2011 camp cruise in my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN (the introductory post and map is here).

Day 3, In which we log some miles On day 3 I awoke – still groggy – at 7:45! I didn’t get on the water until 10:00, [...]

Day 1 & 2 of Muscongus Bay, ME cruise in AL DEMANY CHIMAN

This is a continuation of the story of my 2011 camp cruise in my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe AL DEMANY CHIMAN.

Day 1, In which we get our keel under us The 4th of July dawned overcast and a little foggy. Truth be told, I was pretty nervous about the voyage around Muscongus Bay in [...]

A fantastic first camp cruise – Muscongus Bay, Maine in AL DEMANY CHIMAN, Introduction

Regular readers know all about my skin-on-frame outrigger canoe project, which culminated in the launch of AL DEMANY CHIMAN last October. Her launch represented the completion of two “bucket list” items: designing my own boat and building to that design. It also represented my first true forays into longtime interests in outrigger canoes and the [...]

Maine boatbuilding + Polynesian surfing = wow: Grain Surfboards

We have run into Grain Surfboards before. They are a York, ME-based shop that builds – and teaches the building of – custom wooden surfboards. Makes you go “hmmm”, eh? Surf shop… in Maine… and wooden? Well, its true, and the results are impressive (check out their Grain Gallery) – remember that boards were originally [...]

A great sounding sailing race – the Mill River Race in Vinalhaven, Maine

Also in the June/July issues of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine I learned about the Mill River Race, a fantastic-sounding race in and around Vinalhaven, ME. Rather than a standard ’round the buoys deal, the race is an out-and-back through narrow passages. In the map below, it seems to start in the Fox Islands [...]

Greg Rossel recognized for his efforts to teach kids the art of wooden boat building

A quick call out to an article in the Morning Sentinel newspaper (of Maine) about boatbuilder / boatbuilding teacher / author Greg Rossel teaching a group of kids how to build wooden boats. I am always a fan of efforts to bring the next generation into the fold of wooden boat builders and afficianados, so [...]

A death in the kayaking family – Timothy Gutmann, 1967 – 2007

As 2007 draws to a close, we can take stock of the year in many ways, and thinking about those no longer with us is one piece. There have, of course been many in our little sphere of interest to think about, and I won’t try to go back. I will call out one, though: [...]

Maine needs boatbuilders

A business contact of mine pointed me to an interesting article in USA Today – no, really, USA Today – on the shortage of boatbuilders in Maine. Apparently there are a number of factors driving the trend, but it threatens one of the hotbeds of boatbuilding – especially the classic kind we like here at [...]