November 2015 Archives - Small Boats Magazine

Southwester Dory

A dory for sail, oars, and outboard

It’s unfortunate that “Jack of all trades” is so often followed by “master of none.” It is possible to do a number of things quite well, and versatility is often of more value than virtuosity. The new Southwester Dory from Chesapeake Light Craft was designed to serve not only as a sailboat and a rowboat, but also as a motor launch, and it does well in all three capacities.

Running in a slight chop on Virginia’s Back River, the builder’s home waters, INLET RUNNER moves along nicely with very minimal pounding.

Inlet Runner

A versatile fisherman-friendly outboard

Kevin Agee wanted an easy-to-build outboard skiff he could use for catching baitfish in narrow inlet and shallow coves, so Dudley Dix came up with 16’ garvey that Kevin, a first-time boatbuilder, could build in his spare time over the winter and have ready to launch when summer rolled around.

Adam, Bryan, and Mike braced for a big hit at Lava Falls. Moments later, their boat disappeared into a hole and resurfaced with only Bryan and Mike still aboard.

Whitehalls on the Colorado

Following John Wesley Powell through the Grand Canyon

John Wesley Powell is well remembered for his daring descent of the Colorado River through the entire length of the Grand Canyon. The run is challenging enough in modern whitewater rafts; confronting the rapids, rocks and bus-sized standing waves in Whitehalls, boats once used as New York harbor taxis, made even experienced river guides nervous.

With the sleeping bag in place, the bunk is ready for the night.

A Canvas Bunk

Simple comfort built around a camping pad

WoodenBoat’s senior editor Tom Jackson tells of a miserable night at anchor aboard his No Mans Land boat and the canvas bunk he made soon afterward, inspired by Lord Nelson’s lavishly embroidered bed aboard HMS VICTORY.

Shinto's Planer Saw Rasp (top) and 9" Saw Rasp

Shinto Rasps

Sharp-toothed tools

The Shinto Rasp has been out for many years now and if you have one, you know how well it works. We’ll take a close look at it, from its wavy sides down to the cut of its teeth to explain why it works well and why you should have one if you don’t already.

The deck is strip-built, alternating western red cedar with white pine; the trim is walnut.

A Diminutive Fantail Launch

A kayak fisherman's fantasy

Sandy MacKenzie enjoys fishing from kayaks, but putting his fishing rod down to pick up the paddle began to wear on him. He scouted about, without success, for plans for a canoe or a kayak with pedal or electric power that would leave his hands free for fishing. He had built a few kayaks and felt confident in his boatbuilding abilities, so he decided to take a chance on coming up with a design himself, something quite different from anything he’d seen.

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