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Friday, July 15, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Beautiful Little Catboat

Found this gem while doing a search for the classics. You don't see too many lapstrake catboats anymore, and this one is in nice shape.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Terhi Boats

Terhi is a Finnish Company that specializes in the construction of a stylish small boat made from ABS Thermo-Plastic. There are several models, from dinghies to row boats to larger power boats. The More Fun looks like the perfect yacht tender while the Saiman displays its strong Nordic fishing heritage. Traditionalists will scoff at the white, hard plastic, the detailed striping and the Goofy model names, but I think there are a lot of people like me who will see the boat as a way to spend more time on the water and less time pushing around a sheet of sand paper.

Monday, June 20, 2011


I've been looking for a serious row boat for some time and although this is interesting it's not exactly what I had in mind. The Rocat, as it's called, is a high tech rowing shell that clearly offers great stability, great speed with less effort and probably very satisfactory rough water handling capabilities, judging by the videos and testimonials on the builders'/designers' website. For people who want to just row and get excersize it seems like a hot ticket. But people who want an all around row boat to use as a tender or service craft will find this type of boat pretty frustrating. How would you enter and exit or load and unload the boat from the dock or another boat? Not easily. And if you want to keep your boat tied up at a marina's dinghy dock you better plan on paying extra for a slip. It's a great idea, and probably a great performer but it's not for everyone. You'll find more info here.

30' Hawser Handling Boat

Bob Wakefield of Southern Maine bought a Navy 30' Hawser Handling Boat in Florida. He wasn't sure what exactly he was going to do with it but he liked the lines and decided to embark on a complete reconstruction. The boat was sanded and faired. A plank sealing was laid. Teak hatches were installed. A raw water cooled 135 hp Perkins Model # 6-354 took the place of the original 100 hp Gray Marine. Here's some of Bob's handiwork:

The boat, in its Navy configuration, and working as a personnel vessel, was certified for 23 men, including crew. Most of the time the boat was used as a line tug for tending and handling hawsers for submarines.

It had an 80 gallon fuel tank and a top or working speed of 8 knots. There is a short keel with a shaft and strut drive arrangement and spade rudder. Shaft has a 1-1/2" bore. The top of the rudder post is fitted with a yoke for an emergency tiller.

Bob, who is now moving, has decided to sell the boat. If you are interested, send me your email address or contact info by sending me a comment below. I'll forward your contact info to Bob.

If you know the boat and/or served on one, please let us know.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Dead Bottlenose Dolphins in Gulf

406 dead baby bottlenose dolphins. Did anyone think the Deepwater Horizon tragedy would have zero consequences or long lasting repercussions? You can't dump that much raw natural resource and man-made crap (speaking of dispersant chemicals) into an ecosystem and expect everything to come out hunky dory.

CNN Story here.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wackiest Ship in the Army (Story of the USS Echo IX-95)

The USS Echo (IX-95) was a flat-bottom sailing scow built in New Zealand in 1905. She was rigged as a topsail schooner, plying the waters of the South Pacific as a supply ship for 30 or more years before being loaned to the U.S. during World War II, at which time (1943) she was re-commissioned and brought into service for the war effort. Between 1943 and 1944 she carried Army cargoes over some 40,000 kilometers of ocean. Her other claim to fame is that she is the boat at the heart of the movie, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, starring Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson. Although the real Echo could not be used for the making of the movie (the original vessel was still in service when the movie was made in 1960), the film makers found another schooner to take her place.

Interesting Boats: Streets of Monaco Yacht to Cost $1.1 bn - Are You Kidding Me?

Full Story Here.