July 2020 Archives - Small Boats Magazine

When our editor’s marlinespike knife resurfaced after being lost for over a decade, it rekindled memories of his grandfather. The two boats featured in this issue are both 15-footers: one is an outboard skiff built of common lumber and the other is a double-ended pulling boat in fiberglass. Ontarian Phil Boyer takes us along under silent solar power on the 125-miles of the Rideau Canal and our how-to articles show how to get the best out of centerboards and rudders and how to increase the range of a handheld VHF radio. Our gear review determines that impact drivers are an excellent way to drive wood screws and our Reader Built Boat features a paper canoe from New Zealand.