Boatbuilder Tip: Using the Versatile Block Plane


Using the Versatile Block Plane   Roundovers Edges are simple to shape with the block plane. For chamfers less than 1/8″ you can usually eyeball the cut as you move the plane along the edge of the board.  For wider chamfers, first draw a layout line on the workpiece as a guide. Flush Trimming There […]

Boats Made of Concrete?


Boats Made of Concrete? Concrete ships are ships built of steel and ferrocement (reinforced concrete) instead of more traditional materials, such as steel or wood. The advantage of ferrocement construction is that materials are cheap and readily available, while the disadvantages are that construction labor costs are high, as are operating costs (ferrocement ships require […]

The Story of the A.T.Frog


This is the story of the A.T.Frog as recounted by boatbuilder Pete Carpenter of Payson, Arizona. The Frog began life in November of 1995 as Glen-L Dinky #001 of the Santa Cruz River Boatworks in Tucson, Arizona. A person familiar with the Santa Cruz river in Tucson will tell you that the river is dry […]

Designer’s Notebook: What Are “Limbers”?


“Limber” is a nautical term for drains in longitudinals or cross members to allow water to flow to the lowest part of a boat. They’re usually thought of as being used along the keel, but they should be used anywhere water is liable to be entrapped.   Most trailered boats design the limbers so bilge […]

Wooden Boat Interview: Double Eagle

On January 20, 2011, in News From Gayle, Stitch and Glue Construction, Videos, Workboats, by Gayle Brantuk

  Ken Schott first launched his almost completed Double Eagle a 25 foot wooden fishing boat at the very first Gathering of Boatbuilders at Lake Guntersville in Alabama. What an exciting event that was! Ken beamed from ear to ear with pride in the boat he built himself. What an awesome accomplishment and how great to launch […]

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