May 2024 Archives - Small Boats Magazine

Two trailer-sailers of French design – François Vivier’s Stir-Ven 19 and Antoine Mainfray’s Flow 19 – are this month’s Boat Profiles. A versatile inflatable fender and a set of effective countersinks are featured in our Product Review pages, while an exciting new approach to finishing wooden kayaks is explored in our Technique feature. Starting with trees grown on his own land, a skilled amateur boatbuilder in the Finger Lakes region of New York builds a 19′ faering, and a retired woodworking teacher turns his hand to his first boatbuilding project and constructs a small runabout for lake use. And our editor takes his lapstrake canoe to a small pond with a modest, yet ultimately unobtainable goal.


To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Bedding down in a lapstrake canoe

When a long-anticipated outing on a small pond didn’t go at all as planned, the thought and preparation for it were not for naught.


Stir-Ven 19

François Vivier’s water-ballasted daysailer

Influenced by traditional Breton workboats, François Vivier’s lapstrake daysailer incorporates water-ballast tanks to reduce weight for trailing.



A fast and sporty trailer-sailer

A trailerable sport-cruiser designed by Antoine Mainfray, the Flow 19 is as suited to racing as it is to gunkholing and beach cruising.


A Faering of His Own

Pursuing Viking traditions in upstate New York

Craig Hohm’s affection for Viking ships and Norwegian workboats led him to build a 19’ faering, starting with trees from his woodland lot and using many traditional methods.


Different Ways to Style Your Kayak

Bringing unique flair to plywood and strip-built kayaks

Not all wooden kayaks have to be varnished to be beautiful. There are many different ways to finish and add unique panache to hulls and decks.


An Inflatable Fender/Roller

A versatile inflatable fender from Aeré

Aeré’s sturdy inflatable fender is a versatile piece of small-boat equipment that can also serve as a beach roller, a seat cushion, and a bed pillow. And it packs down for easy stowage.


Zero-Flute Countersinks

Smooth countersinking and deburring

These precision-machined bits make clean, chatter-free work across a range of materials.


Building a Squirt

A retired woodworking teacher builds his first boat

When his friend sold the boat they’d used for fishing, Bill Bains decided to build his own, and found himself returning to teenage memories of a small mid-century speedster.

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