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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

detail from Tony's sharpie skiff 'Ursa'

A long, slippery skiff with wonderful details. I'm hoping Tony will be able to tell me the original maker's name.

Wayne's very old clinker dinghy

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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Reuben's Silver Fern



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.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Paul's scaled-up Tammie Norrie


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