Sunday, December 3, 2023
29 Nov 23:
While sorting through 288 back issues of WoodenBoat Magazine, the cover photo on NUMBER 135 March/April 1997 caught our eye.
There are very few documented records of boatbuilding in this beautiful part of the world. We'd like to thank the WoodenBoat crew for researching and publishing the article, Kurt Adams for writing and Benjamin Mendlowitz for taking the photos. But most of all, to Mr. Malone and for sharing his knowledge and skills, many, many times with boatstruck total strangers.
22 Dec 20:
Saturday, December 2, 2023
02 Dec 23:
Skipper tricked me into thinking I needed a new bike, turns out she got one also. We bought Momentum Vidas and are very happy with the smooth ride and easy shifting. I got a rack and saddlebags so we can raid our local grocery.
Last ride for the Schwinn and Huffy. They're in good shape, and will probably roll up to our nearby D.A.V. store in time for Christmas.
01 Dec 23:
We came across a sailor named William Benson who was looking for a new home for his collection of WoodenBoat magazines, which dated back to the first issue in 1974. He also happens to be a fine artist. We checked with the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, VA to see if they needed copies and found that they had gaps in their collection, so we arranged to have the collection shipped down to Virginia. Summer came and went and we finally got the magazines sorted. Here's the first 200 issues.
Admission to this wonderful Museum is $1 USD, and a membership will help support future growth and expansion. Don't forget to check out the online catalog of archived items.
We are still looking for Issues 219-226, so if you have a lead, please drop me an email at lewis.kent at gmail, we'd be happy to pay shipping plus a few pesos to get them added to the collection. Or send them direct to the Museum.
Huzzah to the Benson family!
FMI: Mariners' Museum
Friday, December 1, 2023
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023
27 Nov 23:
We hear amazing scuttlebutt from our friend Murray, he's been a few places during his family travels and manages to take a camera with him. Recently he asked if he'd told us about the "two bow" boats, and here is his story, led off with a note about "two transoms."
The Two Bow boats of the Grenadines, West Indies
Is Excusez-Moi a Two Transom? Is it easier to build a boat with two transoms? Or with two bows?
What did we do before plywood?
Were the Two Bows descended from whale boats seen on the whaling ships visiting the Grenadine
Islands for provisions and crew?
And why were whalers double enders (or “Two Bows”? Did the poor whales sometimes pull whale
These 27 ft ketch rigged whalers were a common sight in Plymouth, UK, sailed and rowed by Navy
recruits and Sea Scouts after WWII.
I first saw the Two Bows in Grenada, West Indies in 1974. They were small fishing boats for one or two
people. What interested me was that they were using square sails, supported by two vertical spars
which were supported by the rowlock sockets, I think. Sail shape was adjusted by moving the masts into
different sockets along the gunwhale. Looked like they could sail on a beam wind or downwind. Not
sure they could sail to windward, though they did have deep garboard strakes for lateral resistance.
Friday, November 17, 2023
05 Nov 23:
Our setup for dust collection is a Dust Deputy cyclonic separator hooked to a ShopVac with a HEPA filter. Dust and debris collects in the Dust Deputy bucket, while the ShopVac bin stays very clean.
The Vac and Dust Deputy are bolted together, and then we put them on a Milwaukee furniture dolly for mobility around the shop.
01 Nov 23:
HENNING has some interesting patent swivel oarlocks. First ones we've seen in person. Well, half or the mechanism anyway. The oars and top part of the oarlocks are missing in action. We also learned the proper salty pronunciation for row-lock is "rollock." We like it.