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Thin strips of wood covered with fiberglass

6 mile is 2 minutes in the Mystery Racing Kayak

While the weather is warm enough, I try to get out for a morning work out in some boat. Here I am in my Mystery racing kayak. This was about a week ago. Now the river is starting to ice over.

Noank Pulling Boat Preview Video

A 2 minute preview

I've been putting my new design extensive sea trials as I work on finalizing the builder's instruction manual. I'm really pleased with how the boat is performing, it has very nice glide, decent initial stability and great secondary stability, handles waves gracefully and seems quite fast. I ended up adding a small skeg (as I expected) that allows the boat to track very nicely while maintaining good maneuverability.

The Desire to Go Staple Free

Stapled strips

"Pity about the staple holes! Should have gone stapleless." is the comment I got a few months back when I posted the above picture. "Just as easy!" said the commenter. He missed the point

Guillemot Kayaks Lincoln Ad on Vimeo

I guess Time.com does not keep their advertising pages up for very long. The video for Lincoln ran for about a month on the Time website, but then they removed the add. The director put up a copy on his Vimeo page and it is currently available there.

Evening Paddling in the Mystic River Tandem

I love kayaking, but there is something about a canoe. We had family down for the Memorial Day weekend. After everyone left and the dishes were cleaned, we decided to put the canoe in the water and go for a paddle. A kayak always seems to take a little bit more forethought, if only to get the right clothes on.

Noank Pulling Boat

Noank Pulling Boat
An efficient, sliding seat, open water rowing boat

Yukon Racing Sea Kayak

Yukon Racing Sea Kayak
A sea kayak optimized for speed and efficiency

Building the Mystic River Tandem at the WoodenBoat School

I just got back from the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine after teach a five and a half day class on building "Fine Strip-Planked Boats".

Time Lapse Video of Building the Nymph Wood Strip Canoe

This video was taken over the course of 6 days at the WoodenBoat School in Brookline, Maine. It shows the process of building a cedar strip Nymph canoe.

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