March 2016

From The Editor

GoPro as a Trailer-hitch Cam

Harris Bucklin, a Small Boats Monthly subscriber, sent me this note after he had read our review of the iBall back-up camera in the January 2016 issue: “You gave me a great idea for using my GoPro with my cell phone.” If you have one of those little waterproof action cameras and a wireless connection to connect it to a smartphone, using it as a back-up camera is indeed a great idea.

Profiles

Fliptail 7

Wooden Widget's compact folding dinghy

If you live on an island, owning a small boat is as sensible as owning a car, unless you live on Manhattan Island, where neither makes sense. One apartment dweller discovered the Fliptail 7, a folding sailing dinghy, fits in his closet and aboard public transit.

The Cat's shallow draft and twin hulls open up options for anchoring in shallow coves. If the bottom is even and not too rocky, grounding out during a midnight low tide isn't a problem.

Eco 5 Power Cat

A catamaran for cozy cruising

While it’s sometimes said that the moment you’ve stepped aboard boat you’ve arrived, there are times when you’d like to go somewhere. The Eco 5 Power Cat can take you places quickly, quietly, and economically.

Taking Refuge

Rowing among the Islands of the Columbia River Estuary

Winter brought the birds to the islands and with a break in the cold weather brought an opportunity to row along the edge of the Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuge.

This full footboard is in a late 19th-century wherry built in Shrewsbury, England. Four slats offer three positions to adjust for leg length.

Foot Braces

Rowing's firm foundation

You can’t really pull on oars if your feet have nothing to push against. Ben Fuller offers a number of ways we can brace ourselves.

Reader Built Boat

With Ned and Marilyn aboard, ERGED ON II tops out at 15 miles per hour.

ERGED ON II

A retired electrical engineer combines modern lithium batteries with a 90-year-old runabout design and becomes an electric-boat race champion.

Reviews

A foam ring keeps the light floating upright.

SOS Distress Light

A Coast-Guard approved Night Visual Distress Signal

You can now meet Coast Guard requirements without having to buy a new set of flares every few years.

The original mechanism that inspired Gig Harbor's Front Facing Rowing System and the design for this New York Whitehall both date back to the late 1800s.

Oars with Elbows

A Forward-Facing Rowing System

Rowing takes on a different look when you’re using a forward-facing rowing system. We put articulated oars to the test.


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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