November 2017

From The Editor

All-Terrain Roller

Experimenting with fenders

With my roller carts, I can move my boats over both hard and soft ground but I have to strap the cart to the boat, roller down, for pavement and then set it on the ground, roller up, for sand. I’ve been experimenting with an inflatable fender as an all-terrain roller that stays on my rowing canoe across both parking lot and beach.



A sliding-seat pulling boat

While Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks has been building boats since 1993, the strip-built Noank is his first boat with a sliding seat. With watertight compartments in each end and generous freeboard, it is designed for light and fast camp-cruising and recreational rowing in exposed and choppy water.

A Bartender with another builder modification has a cuddy-cabin roof supporting the windshield.

19′ Bartender

A seaworthy outboard

The Bartender was designed by George Calkins during the 1950s to negotiate the river bars along the Oregon coast and the outboard-powered double ender quickly earned a reputation as a capable rough-water hull. We take a look at the 19-footer, the smallest in the series of six sizes and configurations.

Back Door to Georgian Bay

A Sail and Oar Journey

Tom Pamperin takes us aboard his newly-built Kurylko-designed Alaska for a shakedown cruise among the islands clustered between Ontario’s North Channel and Georgian Bay. Both the boat and the landscape lived up to his expectations.

A simple downdraft table can put the space between the rip-fence rails to good use.

A Downdraft Table

Taking care of dust without taking up space

Along with boatbuilding comes a lot of sanding, and with sanding comes a lot of dust. A do-it-yourself downdraft table built into a table saw can help clear the air without adding to the clutter of machinery.

Reader Built Boat

While many peapods have curved stems fore and aft, HARMONY, like its 1886 predecessor has a straight sternpost, which simplifies the installation of a rudder.


A peapod tender

HARMONY, based on a sailing peapod built in the 1880s for the northern Maine coast and adapted for strip-built construction, is the tender and a fitting accompaniment to INTEGRITY, a 32’ double-ended Eastport Pinky.


Cabela's self-inflating Moor n stow is a good match for small boats that have little space for stowing a set of ordinary fenders.

Moor n Stow

A compact collapsible fender

Fenders are quite necessary when any boat is tied at a dock, but in a small boat they take up valuable space while underway. Cabela's came up with a self-inflating fender that be rolled up into a compact package that takes up only a fraction of the space.

After filling, the bag is squeezed to push the contents to the tip of the spout. The clear space at the top of the bag is devoid of air; the front and back surfaces are mostly in contact with only a thin transparent layer of the product between them. The funnel will be set aside to dry.


Eliminating air, preventing waste

When the varnish or paint in a half-full can skins over, you waste time and money. Transferring these expensive products to StopLossBags solves the problem by eliminating the air space that leads to premature curing.

News and Curiosities

NOAA Releases New Version of Chart No. 1

The chart of charts has been updated. This article at NOAA's website details the revisions that appear in the new version.

Coast Guard Advises Labeling Paddlecraft, Free Labels Are Available

In the recent Atlantic Coastal Kayaker, they shared a couple of important advisories from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding free labels and what happens if they find a small boat unlabeled and unmanned.

The Only Commercial Ice Boat Builder in Maine

It's typical for an ice boater to build their own boat or to take careful care of a vintage one, but Buchholz has been responsible for making the sport more accessible to people who otherwise might have been daunted by building their own boat and rig.

Man Who Crossed Bering Strait in Dinghy Deported from Russia

This man planned to sail to China in his 8' dinghy, but ended up in Russia. He's now been deported about six months after his arrival.

Across the Bar: Dave Getchell, Sr., Founder of Maine Island Trail

David R. Getchell Sr., 89, author, editor and outdoorsman, died November 10, 2018. He was managing editor and editor of the Maine Coast Fisherman, National Fisherman, and founding editor of the Small Boat Journal and the Mariner's Catalog in Camden. Later, he co-founded the Maine Island Trail and created the Georges Highland Path, a 40-mile hiking trail system in the Midcoast, for Georges River Land Trust. In 1994, he edited and was lead author of The Outboard Boater's Handbook.

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