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Build Your Own Self-Steering Windvane

For the short-handed sailor planning long ocean crossings, a self-steering windvane is not essential but darn close to it. For boats with stern-hung rudders, constructing a self-steering windvane is a semi-skilled job and requiring only readily available materials ….

The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the power


Build a 7’7″ Nutshell Pram

This little vessel will serve as both a functional and classy tender for your yacht, and it’s fun to build, too!

Making your boat a home

The one-size-fits-all production boat may be fine for the weekend sailor, but the blue water live-aboard typically requires a custom fit. And typically he will be the one doing the fitting …

How to build an oar

Most chandleries carry factory built oars, and generally you can find the correct size for your dinghy. But sometimes not, especially if you need a larger oar, such as a sculling oar for your sailboat. In which case it’s time for a really fun woodworking project …

Build a hollow spar

I wish to replace the original solid Douglas fir gaff with a much lighter hollow gaff.

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Opinion: why we would rather spend money on beautiful yachts than the poor

I recall watching an America’s Cup race on television with a college classmate of mine. That was in 1992, when America’s Cup race management had just switched from the old, heavy 12-meter yachts to the newer and larger IACC yachts. Working with a new class of yacht the competitors were still trying things out, and… Continue reading Opinion: why we would rather spend money on beautiful yachts than the poor

Frankenstein’s Secret

Knowledge the shade of a shade, Yet must thou sail after knowledge Knowing less than drugged beasts“ –Ezra Pound I. The Moral of Science In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a young university student discovers the animating principle of life. He constructs an eight-foot tall human from several fresh corpses. “It was on a dreary night of… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Secret

You Bet Your Life

The story goes that once upon a time the famous philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God, and God asks: “Why didn’t you believe in me?”   Russell replied: “I’d look him straight in the eye and say: ‘you didn’t give me enough evidence’”.… Continue reading You Bet Your Life

The Philosopher’s Sandbar

I sometimes find myself awake in the wee hours of the morning thinking:  “What the hell am I doing?”  I did a lot of education, and then seven years in the financial world. This was surely sufficient for a lucrative career track to a comfortable retirement.  But I only dreamed of going to sea, and… Continue reading The Philosopher’s Sandbar


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