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Four great new boats from the desk of Klaus Schmitt

Our friend Klaus Schmitt wrote again with four new boats showing his delightful ability to blend traditional workboats and yachts. This collection includes a sweet little cruiser he calls “34′ Double-ender,” a catboat done for a friend called KAT (quick: guess the friend’s name!), a tug-yacht and a trawler-yacht. Great, great stuff, as always.

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The Charles W. Morgan sails again – the trip home

When there is breaking action in the traditional / classic / historical boat world, you can expect Chine bLog to be on the scene. Well, sometimes. We may even write a timely post about it. It so happened, though, that when the last surviving whaling vessel and oldest commercial ship still afloat (launched in 1841), [...]

Ask and yee shall receive – three new Klaus Schmitt designs

Klaus Schmitt has responded to our post last night with three more designs he has sketched up. He is definitely in a nice vein – classic workboat-inspired yachts. All look like they would be comfy and pleasant while not looking far removed from hauling a barge or a net. Of the first, Klaus writes: “[The [...]

A new design from Klaus Schmitt

We here at Chine bLog are pleased to welcome back sketcher extraordinaire Klause Schmitt. He writes that he has put his work up for show in the last year and hopes to again, so here’s hoping this morsel of design goodness – a tug-inspired classic yacht that echos a couple of his past works we’ve [...]

More stunning yacht designs from Klaus Schmitt

Our posts on the yacht designs of Klaus Schmitt are always popular, so I have finally gotten off my transom and am posting some more. The style is pretty consistent, which I say in the sense that one would of a favorite restaurant.

First up, a lovely 32′ schooner. She has extremely pleasing lines, [...]

After too long – more fantastic, classic boat designs from the collection of Klaus Schmitt

Several months ago, we were honored, here at Chine bLog, to post two sets of designs by an amateur designer named Klaus Schmitt (post 1 and post 2). Recently we were excited-as-all-get-out to have a guy contact us looking for Klaus’s info. Yes, Chine bLog generated a well-deserved lead. It turns out we have been [...]

Latest reading: “Sons of Sinbad” by Alan Villiers

I just finished reading Sons of Sindbad by Alan Villiers. I guess Villiers is a noted mariner and author; I confess I hadn’t heard of him. He went to Aden in 1939, having shipped out on sailing ships for many years. He arranged to join a traditional boom (dhow) on its annual run from Arabia [...]

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 [...]

Proudly presenting the traditional boat designs of Klaus SchmittProudly presenting the traditional boat designs of Klaus Schmitt

We at Chine bLog were humbled recently by an unsolicited request to post a set of traditional boat design sketches. It wasn’t clear what the requester meant, but he was speaking our language, so we asked for more details. What came back is what we expect to the tip of a lovely iceberg. The designer [...]

Catching up with the traditional boat blogosphere - recent stuff from some peersCatching up with the traditional boat blogosphere – recent stuff from some peers

I have so engaged in designing and building that I haven’t been on the computer as much in the PMs. I have clearly been missing out on what some of our traditional boat peeps have been putting up. In case you missed it directly, here is some stuff to check out:

Indigenous Boats Bob over [...]