Boat Building

I have always watched with interest the efforts of home boat builders as they create and customize their own craft, often over a very long period of time. The idea of boat building having grabbed my attention.

Bolger Folding Schooner Needs Rescue

This Bolger Folding Schooner was built and sailed by a local man who eventually got too old to handle it any more. He donated it to the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center, a non-profit organization that supports youth sailing, disabled … [Read more...]

Powering Up the Cowmaran

Repowering The ELB - Extremely Light Boat AKA The Cowmaran Twin Engine Cowmaran Toward the end of March 2012, the Cowmaran reappeared in my yard, this time with a second engine hanging on the transom. The original design concept called for twin … [Read more...]

Creating The Extremely Light Boat

Expensive Little Boat Expletive Little Boat (You get the idea...) Multihull Dreams The ELB (Extremely Light Boat) project began as many great ideas do: with a couple of guys messing about with a boat. In this case, my friend Don and his buddy … [Read more...]

Cortez Florida Small Craft Festival

Visiting the Florida Gulf Coast Traditional Small Craft Festival FISH Boatworks and Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez, FL Cortez Traditional Small Craft Festival Fleet At Docks The historic fishing village of Cortez, FL is clinging … [Read more...]

How I became infected with Boatbuilding Disease

Highland LassI have always watched with interest the efforts of home boat builders as they create and customize their own craft, often over a very long period of time. Some of the boats are incredibly beautiful and I can't believe they actually … [Read more...]