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WoodenBoat Show 2014 - Mystic, CT

Jun 27 2014
Jun 29 2014

Boat building demonstration at WoodenBoat ShowI've been exhibiting at the WoodenBoat Show for almost 20 years. It is always a fun show and a great chance to see a lot of beautiful wooden boats and the rest of Mystic Seaport Museum.

Canoecopia 2014 - Madison Wisconsin

Mar 7 2014
Mar 9 2014

Petrel Play SG Building Demonstration at CanoecopiaCome watch a boat being built

Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin is the biggest paddle sport shows in the country and it is the perfect antidote to the middle-of-the-winter blues.

Build Your Own Petrel SG or Petrel Play SG @ WoodenBoat School

Oct 13 2014 8:00 am
Oct 18 2014 12:00 pm

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Class at WoodenBoat School - Nymph Canoe and Night Heron Kayak

Jun 8 2014 6:00 pm
Jun 14 2014 12:00 pm

Build Nymph and Night Heron

Registration starts January 2nd.

If you can't make this June class, take a look at the one in August.

Making the Coaming on the Stitch and Glue Night Heron

If the Stitch and Glue Night Heron has a PMLTB - Piece Most Likely to Break - it has to be the coaming riser. This is a strip of plywood about 3/4" wide by about 6' long that is bent into egg-shaped ring.

Paddling from the Narrow River to Scarborough Beach in Rhode Island

I recently purchase a GoPro video camera. I get tired of the standard angles most paddling videos incorporate so I want to work on getting unusual perspectives.

Autumn Gales Rough Water Sea Kayaking Event

Petrel Play at Wiccompessit

Blaine Skillings photo

For the past few years, my friends Greg Paquin and Paula Reigel (Owners of Kayak Waveology) have organized the Autumn Gales rough water sea kayaking symposium in my home waters of Fishers Island Sound. Greg is a BCU coach and he brings in other coaches from locally and abroad. This year he had Nigel Dennis, Peter Jones, and Harry Whalen from the UK as well as Carl Ladd from Rhode Island as well as local guides such as my friend Carl Tjerandsen. I was invited in the local guide capacity.

Mystic River Tandem Canoe Plans

Fullsize plans for the Mystic River Tandem
A cedar strip canoeLightweight wood strip canoebeautiful cedar strip canoeStrip Built Canoe Building Instruction Manual
$100.00

Full sized canoe plans to build your own strip-built tandem Canoe. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a cedar strip canoe. Plans include a 60+ page building manual with over 190 photographs and illustrations.

Sea Kayak Retractable Skeg Plans

Plans and Instructions to Build Your Own Sea Kayak Retractable Skeg
Drawings of a Retractable Skeg PartsSurf board style kayak skegRecessed sliding skeg control knobSkeg Bill of Materials: All heavy-duty stainless steel metal parts.
$20.00

Complete, comprehenisive, detailed plans to build an efficient and reliable retractable skeg for a sea kayak. The result of years of experimentation and testing. This design has proven to be reliable and effective after 10 years of hard use. This retractable skeg should be adaptable to any sea kayak design, wood or composite.

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