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Sunday, March 8, 2015


A 24ft boat built in the 1860-70's sailing on Bancroft Bay. She is planked in NZ Kauri.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dale's shed of dreams

A perfect shot of Dale's workshop, containing his embryonic Welsford Scamp. This is really a picture of the results of a captured imagination. I'll post more about his build on Middlething .
In the meantime please check out his wonderful build pics on Flickr

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jon's elegant Pathfinder

Jon's blog of his Pathfinder adventures are here . Above is a pic that shows really nicely, how elegant a Pathfinder can look, and below that, one of his regular (and very charming) crew supervises security on the beach. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A fine Ontario Houdini

Burton sent this great shot of his Houdini "Jackrabbit", which he built a few years back and cruised on Lake Superior, the Ottawa River, and other Canadian inland waterways. Thanks Burton.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ruby Merle at the Geelong WB Festival

 Two fine pics of Ruby Merle, a recently restored 'couta boat which won the Concours d'Elegance at the 2012 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. The pictures were taken by 'Miniopterus' and he tells me there may be more soon.

Friday, March 2, 2012

on a roll here...there IS something about Navigator

Three pics sent from Owen Sinclair, owner of 'Tusk' (above with yellow trim) of a trip with the Johnstone boat 'Korora' around the Abel Tasman National Park coastline in New Zealand.  Nice work Dave and Owen- keep them coming!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Navigator 'Annie' at Mallacoota Victoria

A lovely picnic spot on the far shore of the 'bottom lake' at Mallacoota and  a jetty within a small inlet at 'The Narrows". Those clouds emptied themselves on us on the return journey...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Houdini 'Hope' in repose

 Paul's very attractive Houdini looks so sunny and cheerful in yellow and is pictured here resting in Brooklyn New South Wales

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Very attractive Gartside day sailer

Dale S.  sailing his comfortable and exciting 14.5 ft Gartside designed boat. He says the boat is ideal single-handed in 9-10 knots, but is quickly over-powered above that without crew or reefing points...I'm just trying to work out which brand of tiller lubricant he is using in the bottom pic.
His flickr set of the boat in action is here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Barry's Beauties Before they left the Basement

Barry has been making his perfect pair in the basement, and word has it that they have finally emerged into the corrupt world, through a very narrow doorway....These Melonseeds are featured in Barry's evocative and thoughtful web site here .

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beautiful Beg Meil from Brittany

Juame put me onto this lovely boat built by Pierre-Yves. His web pages here give details of the design and the build, as well as information (in French) about maritime history in North Brittany.

 I have been surprised at how hard it is to find examples of this Vivier design home-built, and am very grateful to be able to represent this one.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

what could be finer?

Joel's 'Ellie' resting during his recent trip to Sucia Island with his son. A great report here

And here is Joel's shot catching Doryman doing what he does so often and so very well, strategically  placed between the lovely Ellie and a fine looking Eel. I'm sure we'll see more of that...

Monday, June 13, 2011

cutter rigged couta boat, Rhyll, Victoria

One of the lucky little ships to live in Western Port  Bay Victoria, Australia. Magnificent water, much more tidal than Port Phillip. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Brandon and crew on his lovely valgerda 19 footer

Another shot purloined from Doryman (still dry when this was taken, I think). Brandon's fine blog is here

Tuesday, April 5, 2011