June 2015

Profiles

With a reef in her 152 sq ft sail for a fresh breeze, LITTLE T's 9" draft allowed her to take a break in some protected but thin water.

The Marsh Cat

Everything from gunkholing to open-water sailing

Simplicity is certainly one of the Marsh Cat's most appealing traits. The single sheet and sail make solo sailing a breeze. There is no interior furniture to get in the way: The sole is the seat and the coaming is the backrest. The Cat can handle heavy loads and stay out when the rest of the fleet is heading for shelter. Its spacious accommodations are a delight when camp-cruising; the rig's reasonable setup time at the ramp isn’t an impediment to frequent use or going sailing on a whim.

The Somes Sound 12½

An amateur-friendly update of a Herreshoff classic

A century ago Nathanael Herreshoff designed a 16′ keelboat known widely as the H 12½ after her 12′6″ waterline length. She was intended to handle the steep chop and strong winds of the Eastern Seaboard, and to serve as a sailing trainer John Brooks, after many requests from his students at WoodenBoat School, drew up plans for a glued-lapstrake version, and in 2002 launched the first Somes Sound 12½.

A San Juan Islands Solo

At home away from home

I’ve cruised small boats thousands of miles and in some miserable conditions, but I never had a Scarlett O’Hara moment—“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” I was slow to catch on, the adventures that predictably made me hungry, cold, wet, tired only gradually lost their appeal. With each new boat I built for cruising I incrementally eliminated sources of discomfort and displeasure.

Friction will hold the cam lever in place securely even though the pin isn't at top dead center.

A Cam-Lever Planking Clamp

Homemade planking clamps as good as a helping hand

Cam-lever planking clamps can be applied with one hand, leaving the other hand free to hold and align the plank, and they’re very fast to operate going on and coming off.

Reader Built Boat

A Prospector Ranger 15

A classic Canadian frontier canoe

Undeterred by a lack of experience, difficulty of procuring materials, the cost of the project, and not knowing where or how he would use a canoe, Andy Saunders bought plans and plunged in.

Reviews

Cinched tightly around the author's face, the LandShark Survival Bag prevents heat loss far more effectively than a space blanket.

The LandShark Survival Bag

Safety and versatility in a small package

The Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter is a multipurpose survival bag that’s affordable, lightweight, compact, and reversible from orange to camo.

The GravityWorks filter is designed to remove protozoa, bacteria, and particulates—the common contaminants encountered in American and Canadian backcountry. It is not intended to remove chemicals, toxins and viruses that are more commonly found in urban and agricultural areas and developing countries.

The GravityWorks Water Purification System

Debugging in the backcountry

Test results of GravityWorks samples have always shown perfect drinking water no matter what source the water came from.


News and Curiosities

BARBASHELA

Kent and Audrey Lewis of Small Boat Restoration in Navarre, Florida, were asked by Beauvoir, home of Jefferson Davis and now a museum, to restore BARBASHELA, an 1880s bateau that had been built for and used by Davis's daughter.


Voices Across the Water

Four traditional indigenous watercraft including a Spruce Dug Out Canoe, a Birch Bark Canoe, An Inuit Skin Kayak and a Moose Skin Boat.


Stealth Propulsion

Eric Dow Boatshop recently delivered SKIMMER.


Three New Books for Boatbuilding Teachers

Joe Youcha, the dynamo behind the “training the trainer” program Building to Teach, has just published three new books for boatbuilding educators.


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