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.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
I saw Wayne slip this into the water at Rye beach in Victoria, just before he used it to bag a good catch of flathead. He popped the lug sail up in minutes and took to the water with no fuss at all. It is restored in a very restrained sort of manner; he has kept the feel of a simple, working boat, and has avoided the temptations of glamour at every turn. The life story of the hull remains indented in some of the boards
This Silver Fern restored by Reuben was designed by Archibald Logan in New Zealand in 1933 as a race trainer. I'm not sure when this one was built, or how it came to Australia, but Reuben tells me the sails are original. She has a traditional (very beautiful) 12' carvel hull.
Built at home, this lovely yawl has mainly hand-built fittings. She rows well, and paul speaks highly of the mizzen for relaxed sailing. Paul tells me the beam, sail area and displacement volume have all been increased by adding 10% to each linear dimension. His blog and web pages can be found here
Probably wooden boats, mostly open boats, generally under 6 metres long, sometimes in their habitat, occasionally being built, often being sailed, maybe rowed or paddled.
It's just a gallery, maybe something restful or perhaps inspirational for the eye when it should be doing something sensible instead.
I admit that given my present preoccupation it will probably favour pictures of Navigators, reclining in best page three fashion...but it needn't, if others want to contribute things along the suggested guidelines, above.
I'll post what I can. You send me what you want me to post at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See if we can make a beautiful small boat collection.