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

2018 Small Boats Annual on Newsstands

From 2017's articles here on the site, we've got the Coot dinghy on the cover, a nice selection of sail, motor, paddle, and oar articles, a guide to kits and boatbuilders, and an inspiring collection of Reader-Built Boats and their stories.

Watch: Building and Using Oselvar Boats

A few years ago, the Oselvar boat was named Norway’s national boat and the design serves as an icon of the country’s deeply rooted maritime traditions. Vidar has filmed an informative video about the boats and the workshop.

Drake Raceboat Plans and Kits Are Now Available

With winter coming on, it’s a good time to retreat to the shop for a boatbuilding project. By spring you could have a Drake Raceboat ready to row. You can now order plans or kits from Chase Small Craft.

Sights from the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival XXXIV

Our Fearless Editor, Chris Cunningham, has traveled to this gathering in the past, and we plan to re-establish our connection with this fantastic gathering in 2018. A workshop? A beer social? We're not sure yet, but get excited. Here are some photos from 2017 to get you ready for next year.

Canadian Winner of World’s Best Teacher Promotes Kayaking With $1M Prize

Maggie MacDonnell, a teacher in Salluit, Canada, who recently won a $1 million prize for her contributions to education, and, in particular, to the Inuit community there, is channeling that fortune into connecting the rest of the world with kayaking and other aspects of Inuit culture.

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