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SHAVINGS Newsletter of The Center for Wooden Boats - Vol. 5, No. 2 - March-April 1983 - $0.25 Builder's Notebook

T H E RIGHTS O ' M A N GIG By Carl Brownstein I n 1977 I w a s a s k e d t o d e s i g n a b o a t s u i t a b l e f o r s t u d e n t s t o r o w a n d sail o n Puget S o u n d a s p a r t o f a M a r i n e S t u d i e s p r o g r a m a t E v e r g r e e n State College, O l y m p i a . Students w e r e to pay for materials and build the boats under my supervision. I h a d r e c e n t l y r e a d a b o u t t h e p i l o t gigs o f E n g l a n d a n d w a s f a s c i n a t e d b y t h e i r e x p l o i t s i n s a v i n g lives a n d c a r g o f r o m w r e c k e d s h i p s , o r smuggling g o o d s across the English C h a n n e l . Built to race, these boats w e r e d e f i n i t e l y d e s i g n e d t o get f r o m h e r e t o t h e r e t h e fastest p o s s i b l e w a y . F e w s a i l i n g b o a t s , e v e n t o d a y , a r e c a p a b l e o f c a t c h i n g a gig r o w i n g dead to windward. My preliminary designs e x p l o r e d load-carrying capacities versus c o s t s . T h e final d e s i g n w a s a 2 1 - f o o t b o a t that s h o w e d t h e i n s p i r a t i o n o f t h e N o r t h S e a Pilot G i g s , c a p a b l e o f c a r r y i n g five c r e w m e m b e r s a n d g e a r f o r c a m p i n g t r i p s a l o n g t h e s h o r e s o f Puget S o u n d . T h e b o a t s have a f o u r - f o o t b e a m , w e i g h 3 5 0 p o u n d s a n d h a v e a d i s p l a c e m e n t to 1,500 pounds. A class o f 4 0 s t u d e n t s built f o u r gigs i n t w o a c a d e m i c q u a r t e r s a t Evergreen College. Launched on a blustery April day with winds g u s t i n g t o 4 0 m i l e s per h o u r , t h e b o a t s q u i c k l y p r o v e d that t h e y c o u l d b e r o w e d easily a n d h a n d l e d w e l l . . . e v e n b y n o v i c e c r e w s i n a h e a v y b l o w . I n t h e i r first full d a y o n t h e w a t e r , l o a d e d w i t h c a m p i n g g e a r , t h e students put 25 miles behind t h e m . S i n c e that d a y t h e gigs h a v e b e e n r o w e d a n d sailed o v e r a t h o u s a n d miles b e t w e e n O l y m p i a a n d t h e n o r t h e n d o f V a n c o u v e r I s l a n d , a n d t h e y ' v e e x p l o r e d m o s t o f t h e inlets o f Puget S o u n d . T h e b o a t s h a v e e x p e r i e n c e d w i n d s u p t o 5 0 m i l e s p e r h o u r a n d s t e e p c h o p u p t o five feet h i g h . U n d e r sail t h e b o a t s h a v e c o v e r e d 4 0 m i l e s i n 5 1 / 2 h o u r s (better than a 7 knot average). Under oars, crews consistently clock 5 k n o t s in long-distance races. B e c a u s e t h e gigs a r e l o n g a n d n a r r o w t h e y a r e easy t o r o w a n d c a p a b l e o f g e t t i n g o u t o f tight s i t u a t i o n s b y r o w i n g against w i n d o r c u r r e n t s . S t i l l , t h e small b e a m - t o - l e n g t h r a t i o d o e s n o t m a k e t h e m t i p p y . A m a n c a n s t a n d o n the g u n w a l e a n d b o u n c e w i t h t h e b o a t e m p t y a n d n o t s h i p w a t e r . T h e t w o - m a s t e d sprit rig i s m o d e r a t e e n o u g h t o b e safe. R e e f i n g i s d o n e w h e n w i n d s r e a c h 2 5 m i l e s per h o u r . S e v e r a l c a p s i z i n g s have o c c u r r e d , b u t o n l y b e c a u s e t h e rigs w e r e f u r l e d o n t h e

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m a s t a n d left s t a n d i n g w h e n a t a n c h o r i n a s t o r m , o r w h e n t o w e d b y a fishing boat. C o m p e t i t i v e rowing for four-oared boats is slowly c a t c h i n g o n . In the O l y m p i a a r e a t h e field has e x p a n d e d t o t h r e e m e n ' s t e a m s a n d o n e women's team and combinations of men's and women's teams, making f o r a n i n t e r e s t i n g set o f h e a t s u s i n g j u s t t w o b o a t s . T h e c r e w s p r a c t i c e on different evenings a n d so even o n e boat c o u l d serve 20 or 30 r o w e r s . I n p a s t y e a r s A n a c o r t e s has u s e d o n e o f t h e R i g h t s O ' M a n gigs a n d fielded s o m e f o r m i d a b l e c o m p e t i t i o n . T h i s year t h e y a r e e x p e c t i n g t o have t h e i r o w n b o a t a n d s h o u l d m a k e f o r s o m e e x c i t i n g r a c e s . H a v i n g built s e v e r a l W h i t e h a l l t y p e d e s i g n s , i n c l u d i n g t h e gigs, I h a v e f o u n d t h e l o n g , d e e p s k e g w o r t h l e s s . A k i c k - u p r u d d e r w o u l d also h o l d a true course without being subject to damage. T h e long, deep skeg makes c o m i n g about or rounding a racing buoy an impossible chore. Off with the skeg! W h e n I b u i l d a n o t h e r gig I'll raise t h e s h e e r t h r e e i n c h e s a t t h e s t e m , m o s t l y for l o o k s b u t a l s o t o h e l p k e e p d r y w h e n d r i v i n g t o w i n d w a r d . I w o u l d s h o r t e n the c e n t e r b o a r d case a n d m a k e i t a d a g g e r b o a r d , a n d m o v e the s e c o n d and t h i r d t h w a r t s closer together to give b o w and stroke oar more r o o m to move. T h e gigs h a v e p r o v i d e d a d v e n t u r e , e x e r c i s e a n d r o m a n c e t o a v a r i e t y of students a n d c o m m u n i t y groups. These boats have proven to be highly versatile a n d successful cruising craft lor N o r t h w e s t w a t e r s just a s t h e y w e r e d u r i n g t h e d a y s o f e a r l y e x p l o r e r s i n t h e r e g i o n .


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U N D E R - 8 - F O O T DINGHY Limiting o u r search to boats in the under-8-foot range, we've c o m e up w i t h these possibilities:

WEE PUP P e t e r N i e m a n n , a Seattle b u i l d e r , has b e e n p r o d u c i n g this 7' -2 1/2" p r a m for t h r e e y e a r s , a n d it's easily his m o s t p o p u l a r m o d e l . U s i n g m o d e r n materials and an o l d , turn-of-the-century Winfield T h o m p s o n d e s i g n , N i e m a n n has p r o d u c e d a b o a t that i s l i g h t , s t r o n g a n d s u r p r i s i n g l y able i n t h e k i d s - d o g - s i x - p a c k O l y m p i c s . T h e basic m o d e l , less o a r s a n d h a r d w a r e , w e i g h s o n l y 4 0 p o u n d s a n d sells for a m o d e s t $ 3 5 0 . A n a l l - o p t i o n s v e r s i o n , w i t h s p r i t s a i l r i g , o a r s , b u i l t - i n f l o a t a t i o n , d a g g e r b o a r d , p a i n t , v a r n i s h a n d h a r d w a r e , goes for $775 a n d w e i g h s a b o u t 6 0 p o u n d s . Peter uses B r u n z e e l 1/4-inch p l y , e p o x y a n d d o z e n s o f c l a m p s t o put together each W e e Pup. ( T h e boat is d e v o i d of m e t a l fastenings.) Peter also o f f e r s a v a r i e t y of o t h e r small p r a m s , s k i f f s , t e n d e r s , a n d a n e w 16 f o o t r o w i n g shell. H i s n u m b e r i s 329-8303.

THE WALRUS SKIFF I f y o u p r e f e r p o i n t y b o w s , t h e W a l r u s B o a t w o r k s skiff (7'-8", 6 2 p o u n d s w i t h oarlocks) may be the ticket. A m a z i n g l y h a n d s o m e for a b o a t its s i z e , t h e W a l r u s skiff sells f o r $ 3 5 0 , less p a i n t and, o r v a r n i s h . T h e skiff's s t a n d a r d t w o - c o l o r p a i n t j o b , i n c l u d i n g v a r n i s h e d t h w a r t s ( a n d t r a n s o m , i f y o u l i k e ) , r u n s t h e p r i c e u p t o $500. Y o u c a n a d d a n o t h e r $50 for t w o sets o f b r o n z e o a r l o c k s ( o n e s t a t i o n f o r s o l o r o w i n g ; a n o t h e r f o r w a r d station to use w h e n c a r r y i n g a passenger aft). O t h e r o p t i o n s include f l o o r b o a r d s , a spritsail rig, varnished and l e a t h e r e d o a r s a n d f a n c y h a r d w a r e . I f y o u ' d like t o b u i l d y o u r o w n

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THE LITTLE B O A T WITHOUT A BOW A man with a faint accent, whom I suspected was not a native of Tacoma, asked me to build him a boat. My suspicion was confirmed when he said what he wanted was designed by some person who probably was from Berlin. I was supposed to look at the craft in a book on sensible cruising. " W o w , " I thought, "Nereia will be some fun to build even if it is 36 feet long and my shop is only 2 6 . . . " I discovered shortly, however, that we were not to build the big vessel, but the little dink that was kept on deck. This Herr Eshoff sure seemed devious to fix it so I would see the big boat first when I looked in his book. A r m i n - he was the man who wanted me to build the little 8 footer he said that the dinghy was an important vessel because that was how you got beer and pizza when at anchor. My honor thus appeased, we commenced construction. We built her upside down over three molds. The bottom is plywood since this avoids transverse frames and extra seams, though one piece of plywood is more difficult to spring than several narrow planks bent over the molds one by one. She is a pram, which means when you look for a bow you only find another transom. These two transoms were made out of cherry. Her chine logs, which were necessitated by the plywood bottom, are yellow cedar and her four strakes are of vertical-grain red cedar.

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A r m i n is a master violin maker and his idea of a fair seam is one which is invisible. Some people can tell whether a wine is foreign or domestic by gargling it. Armin can tell if a piece of spruce is American or European by rapping it with his knuckles. He had another strange penchant. He wanted to see the boat during construction. Each time he came to the shop I would lock the doors and meet him outside. I'd say "we're fumigating," and he'd reply, "Again??"

When the little boat was done, we met in Eagle Harbor for a launching. I told Armin something must have gone wrong. His boat looked like a wooden shoe. He informed me that was the correct way for it to look. We were all surprised at the ease with which it handled as well as its stability and relative speed under oars. Maybe A r m i n was just lucky, or maybe that fellow Herr Eshoff knows something about boats after


W a l r u s skiff, p l a n s a r e available f o r $20 a t t h e W o o d e n B o a t S h o p . F o r d e t a i l s o n t h e b o a t , call R u s t y R o d z o n , W a l r u s B o a t w o r k s , a t 284-5923, o r p a r t n e r T o m K n a u b a t 633-0392. NEREIA'S TENDER A t h i r d o p t i o n c o m e s f r o m L . F r a n c i s H e r r e s h o f f - t h e little 8-foot p r a m s h o w n o n t h e d e c k o f his 36-foot k e t c h . Nereia. i n t h e b o o k Sensible Cruising Designs. T h e b o a t i s f l a t - b o t t o m e d , w i t h a b e a m o f 3'-7 1 / 4 " a n d has b e e n built locally b y P e t e r L e n t i n i o f T a c o m a . (See P e t e r ' s d e s c r i p t i o n o f t h e project in an adjoining c o l u m n . ) If y o u ' r e interested in Herreshoff's a p p r o a c h , contact Peter Lentini a t P . O . B o x 1022. T a c o m a , W A 9 8 4 0 1 . o r p h o n e 474 3702. •

pulling boats and headed for the S o u t h S o u n d . O u r goal: M c M i c k e n I s l a n d , a s m a l l m a r i n e s t a t e p a r k n e s t i n g c l o s e t o t h e east s h o r e o f Hartstene Island, about halfway up. M c M i c k e n is an island o n l y at high tide. At low tide a c a u s e w a y reaches across to the larger island, p e r m i t t i n g p e d e s t r i a n access. D e s p i t e t h i s , t h e large m e a d o w a v a i l a b l e f o r c a m p i n g a p p e a r s t o get light u s e , c o m p a r e d t o b e t t e r - k n o w n d e s t i n a t i o n s . O u r launching point was Zittels M a r i n a at J o h n s o n Point, w h i c h is n o r t h a n d east o f O l y m p i a . W e h a n d - l a u n c h e d t h e b o a t s , s a v i n g t h e $5.00 ( r o u n d t r i p ) c h a r g e f o r u s i n g t h e m a r i n a r a m p . C o m m e n t i s invited o n this: r a m p s are t o o few a n d p e r h a p s w e s h o u l d p a t r o n i z e those w h i c h are privately maintained, e n c o u r a g i n g their c o n t i n u e d existence. An alternative beginning point is the Robert F. K e n n e d y Recreation A r e a o n T a y l o r B a y , w h i c h i s o n t h e m a i n l a n d east o f J o h n s o n P o i n t . T h e t w o put in points are a p p r o x i m a t e l y equidistant f r o m M c M i c k e n . R o w i n g n o r t h f r o m J o h n s o n P o i n t , o u r little fleet s o o n p a s s e d t h r o u g h t h e a r m a d a o f s p o r t f i s h e r m e n a n c h o r e d off t h e p o i n t a n d p r o c e e d e d u p t h e flat w a t e r s o f C a s e I n l e t . S u c h a j o u r n e y is a d e l i g h t . S t a y i n g c l o s e t o g e t h e r , all s e v e n v o y a g e r s could share conversation, despite being spread across three boats. Occasionally one boat w o u l d d r o p back while the c r e w w e n t for a s w i m , but rowing together was the n o r m . O u r d e s t i n a t i o n w a s a p p r o x i m a t e l y six s t a t u t e m i l e s a w a y , b u t w e h a d c l e v e r l y o m i t t e d a p e r u s a l o f t h e tide t a b l e s f r o m o u r p l a n n i n g . A s a r e s u l t , w e b u c k e d t h e tide b o t h g o i n g a n d r e t u r n i n g , w h i c h a d d e d t w o or three miles to the total over-water distance. (Read y o u r tide tables a n d y o u might d o this t r i p i n 1 0 m i l e s o f r o w i n g i n s t e a d 14!) A pleasant b r e a k c a n b e h a d b y s t o p p i n g a t H a r t s t e n e I s l a n d ' s F u d g e Point. W i t h most of y o u r journey b e h i n d , M c M i c k e n can be c o n t e m p l a t e d w h i l e r e s t i n g u p for t h e last p u s h . T h e b e a c h a t M c M i c k e n i s largely " c o m p o s e d o f s h a r p r o c k s , discouraging beaching. We passed o u r lunches ashore and a n c h o r e d

Open-Boat Beach Camping M c M I C K E N ISLAND: A S M A L L DESTINATION FOR S M A L L B O A T S By Dave C o x D e s t i n a t i o n : M c M i c k e n I s l a n d , near t h e east s h o r e o f H a r t s t e n e I s l a n d i n s o u t h e r n Puget S o u n d . A c c e s s : Closest launching r a m p s are at Zittels M a r i n a , J o h n s o n Point, and the Robert F. Kennedy Recreational A r e a , on Taylor Bay. M e n t i o n b o a t i n g o n Puget S o u n d a n d y o u ' l l o f t e n h e a r , " Y e s , t h e S a n J u a n Islands a r e s o l o v e l y . " T h i s i s d o u b l y i r o n i c . D u r i n g t h e s u m m e r m o n t h s t h e S a n J u a n s ( w h i c h , o f c o u r s e , are l o v e l y ) a r e s w a r m i n g w i t h v i s i t o r s a n d , o f c o u r s e , t h e y a r e n o t s i t u a t e d i n Puget S o u n d p r o p e r . T r a v e l b y s m a l l boat s h o u l d t a k e y o u a w a y f r o m t h e m a d d e n i n g c r o w d . S o this m o n t h let's c o n s i d e r t h e s o u t h e n d o f Puget S o u n d . L e s s c r o w d e d by far, it has a loveliness of its o w n . L e s s s p e c t a c u l a r in its s c e n e r y , i t p o s s e s s e s a soft w a r m t h w h i c h r e w a r d s t h o s e s e e k i n g p e a c e , not " a c t i o n . ' ' O n a h o t S u n d a y last A u g u s t , s e v e n C W B m e m b e r s l o a d e d u p t h r e e

the boats in shallow water, m o v i n g a n c h o r s as the tide c a m e in. S u c h a s i t u a t i o n calls f o r a c l o t h e s l i n e - r e e l a n c h o r s y s t e m . (See t h e last issue of Shavings for a d e s c r i p t i o n . ) B e w a r n e d : T h e r e i s n o w a t e r o n M c M i c k e n Island. C a r r y y o u r o w n . ( T h e collapsible 2 1/2 gallon containers sold at o u t d o o r - s u p p l y stores w o r k w e l l i n s m a l l b o a t s , especially s i n c e t h e y h a v e n o s h a r p edges.) After several h o u r s of eating, drinking, napping and r o a m i n g the i s l a n d , w e r e l o a d e d t h e b o a t s a n d h e a d e d s o u t h again - against t h e tide, of course! T w o - a n d - a - h a l f h o u r s later w e w e r e b a c k a t t h e m a r i n a , l o a d i n g t h e boats o n t o their trailers. It was, we unanimously agreed, a perfect trip. T w o beach - camping resources you should k n o w about: COMPACT MARINE GUIDE, published by S t r a u b P r i n t i n g P u b l i s h i n g , 4535 U n i o n B a y P l a c e N . E . , S e a t t l e , W A 98105.

SALTWATER ACCESS MAP. p u b l i s h e d by F i s h i n g A v e . C , P.O. B o x 7 1 , S n o h o m i s h , W A 98290.

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Saturday, April 2 SEMINAR ADVANCED FORGING 10 a . m . - 3 p . m . L i m i t e d to 14 students; must have s o m e skills. S t u d e n t s will m a k e t o o l s a n d / o r f i t t i n g s . G r a n t Sarver, instructor. C o s t : $10. Saturday, April 9 SEMINAR FOUNDRY TECHNIQUES & SAND-CASTING 10 a . m . 3 p.m. L i m i t e d t o 1 4 s t u d e n t s , w h o will m a k e castings a n d gain basic f o u n d r y i n f o r m a t i o n . I n s t r u c t o r i s P r o f . Paul F o r d . C o s t : $ 1 0 . Friday, A p r i l 15 CWB MONTHLY MEETING 8 - 10 p . m . Slide t a l k b y J a c k v a n O m m e n that will include traditional boats of Europe, construct i o n o f his t r i p l e - c h i n e N a j a 3 0 a t y a r d i n E n g l a n d ; J a c k ' s s i n g l e - h a n d e d sail f r o m T a c o m a t o S a n F r a n c i s c o , a n d his s i n g l e - h a n d e d S a n F r a n c i s c o H a w a i i r a c e . C a l l C W B , 283-9166, for location.

Saturday, M a y 14 SEMINAR I N T R O D U C T I O N BOAT SKETCHING 10 a . m . - 3 p . m . Instructor Barbara niques for d r a w i n g ; followed by o u t d o o r critique. L i m i t e d to 14

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Friday, May 20 CWB MONTHLY MEETING 8 : 0 0 - 10 p . m . H a n k L o n g , J r . will g i v e a t a l k o n h o w t o r e p a i r l a p s t r a k e b o a t s . H a n k has b e e n i n v o l v e d w i t h l a p s t r a k e b o a t s s i n c e t a k i n g his first t o t t e r i n g b a b y s t e p s i n his f a t h e r ' s O l y m p i a s h o p . A s a t e e n - a g e r , H a n k a n d his f a t h e r built d o z e n s e v e r y y e a r for r e n t a l o p e r a t i o n s all o v e r the s t a t e . T h e b o a t s w e n t e v e r y w h e r e , f r o m t h e A n d r e w Foss boathouse at Salmon Beach, T a c o m a , t o t h e H a r r y T r u m a n r e s o r t a t Spirit L a k e , n e a r M o u n t S t . H e l e n s . H a n k i s still b u i l d i n g t h e f i n e , 15-foot r o w i n g b o a t s i n his O l y m p i a h o m e . C a l l 283-9166 f o r l o c a t i o n o f meeting.

Saturday, May 28 SEMINAR OPEN-BOAT CRUISING 1 - 4 p.m. John Black, Chris C u n n i n g h a m and Marty L o k e n get t o g e t h e r f o r a p a n e l d i s c u s s i o n a n d slide s h o w o n s m a l l - b o a t c a m p i n g c r u i s e s i n

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Union B r i n g y o u r l o v i n g l y r e s t o r e d classic o r f r e s h l y b u i l t r e p l i c a . . . o r s u r p r i s e e v e r y o n e . I n past r e g a t t a s w e h a v e s e e n all o f t h e t r a d i t i o n a l t y p e s , plus a c a r d b o a r d bateau, pedal-powered d o r y and 30-foot schooner - a l l delights. These e v e n t s a r e a c h a n c e t o get t o g e t h e r a n d play w i t h b o a t s . A c t i v i t i e s i n c l u d e r o w i n g a n d sailing races a n d a p o t l u c k l u n c h . (This spring's regatta will f e a t u r e a s p a g h e t t i s a u c e c o m p e t i t i o n , w i t h C W B p r o v i d i n g the p a s t a . . . a n o t h e r gastronomical extravagance.) Saturday, April 30 SEMINAR THE BUSINESS OF BOATBUILDING 10 a . m . - 3 p . m . L i m i t e d to 24 participants. A round-table d i s c u s s i o n , c h a i r e d b y Pat F o r d , b y a n d for professional builders and covering some recurring problems and possible solutions c o n t r a c t s , liability, c r e d i t a n d m a r k e t i n g .

Sat.-Monday, July 2-4 SEATTLE WOODEN BOAT SHOW 10 a . m . - 6 p . m . d a i l y O u r big a n n u a l e v e n t , f e a t u r i n g b o a t s , d e m o n s t r a t i o n s , special e x h i b i t s , f i l m s , m u s i c and unlimited talk of w o o d e n b o a t s . . . n o t to m e n t i o n r o w i n g a n d sailing r a c e s , s p e a k e r s , b o a t raffles a n d o t h e r a c t i v i t i e s . E v e n t h o u g h

Saturday, May 21 SEMINAR BOAT SKETCHING II 10 a . m . - 3 p . m . M o r e paper and pencil w o r k w i t h Barbara O a k r o c k , i n c l u d i n g a safari to find g o o d w o o d e n boats to s k e t c h . C o s t : $10.

S a t u r d a y , A p r i l 16 SEMINAR FOUNDRY TECHNIQUES & INVESTMENT CASTING 10 a . m . - 3 p . m .

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memorial to the maritime history of the city. She will be in S e a t t l e J u n e 1-13 as p a r t of her W e s t Coast tour. T h e Pride will be m o o r e d at W a t e r f r o n t P a r k , b e t w e e n Piers 5 7 a n d 5 9 , o n t h e c e n t r a l w a t e r f r o n t . W e i n v i t e classic s m a l l craft o w n e r s of Puget S o u n d to r e n d e z v o u s at t h e P r i d e . ( C W B will p r o v i d e f l o a t s for small b o a t s . ) T h e r e will b e a r o w i n g a n d sailing r a c e , a n d t h e P r i d e ' s b o a t s will j o i n in. W e s h o u l d t a k e advantage of the o p p o r t u n i t y to s h o w o u r smallcraft heritage to the h o r d e s e x p e c t e d to t o u r the P r i d e w h i l e in S e a t t l e .

education is o u r m a i n focus, we always h o p e the s h o w will h a v e a spirit o f s p o n t a n e i t y , a n d this year w e ' l l h a v e a n e v e n t a b o u t a s o u t l a n d i s h a s we c o u l d wish for - a Q u i c k & D i r t y B o a t b u i l d ing C o n t e s t . T h e c o n c e p t sprang f r o m the fanciful m i n d o f W o o d e n B o a t M a g a z i n e ' s J o h n H a n s o n , w h o p r o d u c e d s u c h a n e v e n t last year at the N e w p o r t , Rhode Island W o o d e n Boat S h o w . We'll follow the s a m e rules a n d regulations, giving builders a few 2x4's, s o m e nails, a c o u p l e s h e e t s o f p l y w o o d a n d all t h e S i k a f l e x (adhesive-sealant-bedding compound) they c a n u s e . D e s i g n s will b e s u b m i t t e d a n d r e v i e w e d for structural integrity, seaworthiness, originality, i n g e n u i t y a n d w h i m s y . T h e t o p six d e s i g n s will c o m p e t e ( t w o b u i l d e r s p e r b o a t ) a g a i n s t t h e c l o c k a n d t h e n r a c e o n L a k e U n i o n . T h e best o v e r a l l t i m e will w i n . D e t a i l s a r e available b y c a l l i n g 283-9166. S a t u r d a y & S u n d a y , July 23 24 POULSBO BOAT RENDEZVOUS Poulsbo, Liberty Bay, Kitsap County

Puget S o u n d , B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a a n d S o u t h e a s t A l a s k a . P a r t i c i p a n t s w i l l l e a r n h o w t o get t h e m a x i m u m c r u i s i n g p l e a s u r e o u t o f the m i n i m u m boat. C o s t : $6. Saturday, J u n e 11 REGATTA, ELLIOTT BAY Noon to dark C W B sponsors the " P r i d e o f Baltimore C l a s s i c S m a l l B o a t F e s t i v a l . " T h e P r i d e , a 100foot s c h o o n e r , w a s built b y t h e c i t y o f B a l t i m o r e as a B i c e n t e n n i a l p r o j e c t , in t h e m a n n e r of t h e f a m o u s c l i p p e r s c h o o n e r s o f t h e 1840's. T h i s vessel i s a f l o a t i n g c h a m b e r o f c o m m e r c e a n d

Do you o w n a Poulsbo Boat, or have an i n t e r e s t i n t h e classics built f o r d e c a d e s b y Ronald Y o u n g ? M a r t y L o k e n is organizing a two-day rendezvous of Poulsbo Boat owners and aficionados, to include a sharing of information, parade a r o u n d Liberty Bay, dinner a n d slide s h o w , p h o t o s e s s i o n a n d visits w i t h l o c a l r e s i d e n t s w h o will s h a r e r e c o l l e c t i o n s o f Y o u n g a n d his w a t e r f r o n t b o a t s h o p . Please c o n t a c t the o r g a n i z e r s if you h a v e a P o u l s b o Boat or information on t h e m - even if you cannot m a k e the rendezvous. We are trying to a s s e m b l e a c o m p l e t e list of o w n e r s in t h e r e g i o n , together w i t h any o t h e r b a c k g r o u n d i n f o r m a t i o n , p h o t o s , e t c . , that m a y b e a v a i l a b l e . C a l l M a r t y L o k e n a t 282 8 1 1 6 , d a y s o r 7 8 9 - 4 8 8 1 . e v e n i n g s , o r w r i t e t o M a r t y a t 9521 - 2 5 t h N . W . , Seattle. W A 98117.


KING O F T H E COXSWAINS By Chas Dowd G a r d e n e r s see s p r i n g i n t h e first c r o c u s ; n a t u r e - l o v e r s i n t h e first r o b i n s . R o w e r s k n o w it's s p r i n g w h e n t h e y h e a r t h e first C o x s w a i n . T h a t ' s S t r o k e O a r ' s n a m e for t h o s e p e o p l e o n b e a c h e s , p i e r h e a d s o r d e c k s o f l a r g e plastic b o a t s w h o c a n ' t see a r o w b o a t g o b y w i t h o u t c o u n t i n g c a d e n c e a t it. " S t r o k e , s t r o k e , s t r o k e ! " they shout. They'll shout it out f r o m midF e b r u a r y t o m i d - N o v e m b e r ; the same w o r d s , the same r h y t h m , f r o m the vernal e q u i n o x to the a u t u m n a l , as u n v a r y i n g as the d r o p s of C h i n e s e w a t e r t o r t u r e . W h e n I w a s but a w e e b r o t h of a l a d , I r e m e m b e r looking through my parent's illustrated Odyssey and w o n d e r i n g what t h e ladies s i t t i n g o n t h e r o c k s w e r e s i n g i n g that m a d e t h e b e a r d e d m a n tied t o the m a s t l o o k s o a n g u i s h e d . A s a n a d u l t r o w e r , I've d e c i d e d t h e ladies w e r e all c h a n t i n g , " S t r o k e , s t r o k e , s t r o k e . . . " T h e C o x s w a i n ' s b e h a v i o r has a l t e r n a t e l y a m u s e d , e n r a g e d a n d finally p u z z l e d m e . W h e r e d o T h e C o x s w a i n s get t h e idea that " s t r o k e , s t r o k e , s t r o k e " i s w h a t t h e p e r s o n i n t h e s t e r n s h e e t s says? M y f a v o r i t e c o x was a diminutive blonde w h o steered the California W o m e n ' s H e a v y w e i g h t Eight i n last y e a r ' s O p e n i n g D a y r e g a t t a . A s t h e y s w e p t b y , n e c k a n d n e c k w i t h t h e W a s h i n g t o n s h e l l , she w a s p o u n d i n g o u t t h e s t r o k e on the gunwales a n d shrieking, " P o w e r 10 c o m i n g ! G i m m e a P o w e r 1 0 o n m y o n e ! S u f f e r , ladies, s u - u - u - f e r ! " N o w , t h e r e ' s s o m e b o d y who understands rowing. Or c o n s i d e r S t u b b , s e c o n d m a t e in Moby Dick. M e l v i l l e w a s a whaleman, intimately acquainted w i t h what went on in whaleboats and w h a t l a n g u a g e their c o m m a n d e r s u s e d . H e a r k e n t o S t u b b : " T h r e e c h e e r s m e n , all h e a r t s alive! E a s y , e a s y ; d o n ' t be in a h u r r y d o n ' t be in a h u r r y ! W h y don't y o u snap y o u r o a r s , y o u rascals? Bite on s o m e t h i n g , y o u d o g s ! T h a t ' s it, l o n g a n d s t r o n g . G i v e w a y t h e r e , give w a y ! T h e d e v i l f e t c h y e , y e r a g a m u f f i n r a p s c a l l i o n s ; y e a r e all asleep! S t o p s n o r i n g , y e

e v e n m o r e f i e r c e l y a n d a h u g e , fat, o i l y f e l l o w b e g a n p o u n d i n g f a s t e r a n d faster o n a b i g d r u m . T h e r e a r e a lot o f h u g e , fat, o i l y f e l l o w s a m o n g T h e c o x s w a i n s , but n o n e o f t h e m h a v e e v e r s h o u t e d " r a m m i n g s p e e d ! " a t u s o r r o l l e d o u t a n i n s p i r i n g riff o n t h e s k i n s . I n f a c t , t h e o n l y t i m e S t r o k e O a r and I ever heard a n y t h i n g original f r o m the shore was o n c e during a r o w on the D u w a m i s h . As we headed u p s t r e a m t h r o u g h S o u t h P a r k , w e p a s s e d t w o b o y s , six a n d s e v e n , f i s h i n g f r o m t h e b a n k . T h e y regarded us w i t h that triple m i x t u r e of w o n d e r , a m u s e m e n t and s c o r n c h i l d r e n t h a t age b e s t o w o n a d u l t s d o i n g S o m e t h i n g I n e x p l i c a b l e , but as we r o w e d back by an h o u r later, the youngest smiled shyly and softly sang, " R o w , r o w , r o w your boat, gently d o w n the s t r e a m . . . " W e p r e d i c t great t h i n g s f o r t h a t c h i l d . H o w e v e r , s o m e o f t h e s h o u t e r s d e s e r v e r e s p e c t , i f o n l y for t h e i r relentlessness a n d persistence. There's o n e , in fact, w h o S t r o k e O a r has d u b b e d K i n g o f t h e C o x s w a i n s . W e ' d b e e n i n v i t e d t o a n o p e n house on Q u e e n A n n e hill, scheduled for the early a f t e r n o o n . Rather than forego o u r m o r n i n g r o w , we decided to go directly f r o m boat to party. This meant w e ' d have to bring our oars, since there's no w a y to lock t h e m in the t r u c k . (By the w a y , the art of w a l k i n g into a p a r t y , h o w e v e r i n f o r m a l , w i t h t w o sets o f 10-foot s p o o n s o n o n e ' s s h o u l d e r r e q u i r e s a d e g r e e of sang-froid I've n e v e r really m a s t e r e d . S o m e t i m e s it's j u s t easier t o i m p l y y o u ' v e j o i n e d s o m e s o r t o f r e l i g i o u s c u l t . ) A n y w a y , after the party we s h o u l d e r e d our oars a n d began the twob l o c k w a l k t o o u r t r u c k . W e h a d n ' t g o n e half t h e d i s t a n c e w h e n w e heard the cheery, beery voice of His Majesty, roaring out the cadence. We scanned the w i n d o w s and balconies of the s u r r o u n d i n g a p a r t m e n t s a n d s u r e e n o u g h , t h e r e h e w a s - r e d s h o r t s , s w e a t s h i r t a n d baseball c a p . w a v i n g a b r o w n b o t t l e i n o n e p l u m p , h a i r y fist a n d genially s h o u t i n g " S t r o k e , s t r o k e , s t r o k e ! " O n l a n d . O n t h e h i g h e s t hill i n S e a t t l e , m i l e s f r o m t h e w a t e r . T o p e o p l e o n l y carrying o a r s . We t h i n k it is a r e c o r d .

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CALLING ALL BLANCHARDS T h e Blanchard Senior K n o c k a b o u t Association is attempting to locate B l a n c h a r d s that m a y b e m i s s i n g i n a c t i o n . . . i n t h e N o r t h w e s t o r elsewhere. Fleet H i s t o r i a n J i m L l e w e l l y n p r o b a b l y k n o w s w h e r e m o s t o f t h e B l a n c h a r d S e n i o r s a r e , but t h e r e m u s t b e a n u m b e r o f " l o s t " b o a t s a n d owners. I f y o u o w n a S e n i o r K n o c k a b o u t a n d h a v e not r e g i s t e r e d w i t h t h e a s s o c i a t o n - o r i f y o u k n o w o f a " m i s s i n g " B l a n c h a r d - please c o n t a c t J i m Llewellyn a t B o x 4666. Rolling Bay, Bainbridge Island, W A 98061.

SHAVINGS EDITOR Marty Loken CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Dave C o x , C h a s D o w d , D i c k W a g n e r A p u b l i c a t i o n o f T h e C e n t e r for W o o d e n B o a t s . Issued s i x t i m e s a y e a r f o r m e m b e r s ; single c o p i e s a r e available f o r 2 5 c e n t s . E d i t o r i a l c o n t r i b u t i o n s a r e w e l c o m e d . W e a r e especially a n x i o u s t o r e c e i v e s u b m i s s i o n s f o r t h e O w n e r ' s N o t e b o o k s e r i e s . S i m p l y tell u s about y o u r boat - design, c o n s t r u c t i o n , performance, history, etc a n d i n c l u d e a f e w p h o t o s or line d r a w i n g s if t h e y a r e a v a i l a b l e .

T h e r e ' s as salty a s e a m a n as e v e r k n o c k e d w e e v i l s o u t of a b i s c u i t . N o paltry " s t r o k e , s t r o k e , s t r o k e " from M r . S t u b b .

We also wish to publish features on small-boat beach c a m p i n g in the N o r t h w e s t , and w e l c o m e a wide variety of news items f r o m Center members - boatshop projects, new designs, voyages planned, t h o u g h t s o n t h e C W B a n d its o f f e r i n g s , i t e m s for sale o r t r a d e , p r o f i l e s o f t r a d i t i o n a l N o r t h w e s t s m a l l c r a f t a n d s o f o r t h . Please d o n ' t b e s h y ! W h a t are y o u up to? Let us k n o w . . .

I t ' s n o t as if t h e r e ' s a l a c k of r o l e m o d e l s for T h e C o x s w a i n s . E v e r y b o d y r e m e m b e r s t h e g r e a t w a r galley s c e n e in Ben Hur w h e n t h e general shouts d o w n to the overseers, " P i c k up the pace! R a m m i n g speed, r a m m i n g speed!" A burst of activity followed. W h i p s cracked

Please a d d r e s s all c o r r e s p o n d e n c e t o Shavings. T h e C e n t e r for W o o d e n B o a t s , 2770 W e s t l a k e A v e n u e N o r t h , S e a t t l e , W A 9 8 1 0 9 . I f y o u h a v e q u e s t i o n s o r n e e d h e l p w i t h a n e d i t o r i a l c o n t r i b u t i o n , please call M a r t y L o k e n , S h a v i n g s E d i t o r , a t 282-8116 ( d a y s ) . •

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$750 i n t h e b o a t , w h i c h has a b e a m o f 6'-4." T h e c o n d i t i o n o f t h e m o t o r i s m u t e , b u t I h a v e b e e n t o l d t h a t it's u n i q u e a n d w o r k a b l e . I f y o u r m e m b e r s a r e i n t e r e s t e d , p e r h a p s t h e y c a n get i n t o u c h . . . Harry Schulz 11295 N . E . W i n g P t . D r . B a i n b r i d g e I s l a n d , W A 98110

NEW B O A T - R E N T A L BUSINESS N o w y o u c a n r e n t classic w o o d e n b o a t s i n O l y m p i a . C a p i t a l L a k e Boat Rentals offers a variety of designs to t r y o u t , including p r a m s , W h i t e h a l l s , c a n o e s , r o w i n g t r a i n e r s w i t h s l i d i n g s e a t s , a n d a 2 1 -foot Sharpie with cabin. Daily, w e e k e n d or weekly rates are available, w i t h a 3-hour m i n i m u m . D a y r a t e s a r e $ 4 - 5 / h o u r for r o w b o a t s , a n d $6.50-$7 h o u r for sailboats. S e a s o n passes a r e a v a i l a b l e , w i t h d i s c o u n t s u p t o 5 0 % for t h o s e w h o w a n t an alternative to small-boat o w n e r s h i p . T h e b o a t - r e n t a l b u s i n e s s will d e b u t A p r i l 1 , a n d will f o l l o w this s c h e d u l e y e a r - a r o u n d : A p r i l , M a y , S e p t e m b e r , 4-7 p . m . , M o n d a y t h r o u g h F r i d a y ; 1 0 a.m.-7 p . m . , S a t u r d a y s a n d S u n d a y s . J u n e , J u l y a n d A u g u s t , 10 a . m . 7 p . m . daily. T o f i n d C a p i t a l L a k e B o a t R e n t a l s : T a k e E x i t 105 f r o m t h e S o u t h o r 105-A f r o m t h e N o r t h off o f I n t e r s t a t e 5 . F o l l o w signs f o r S t a t e C a p i t a l . E x i t s t r a i g h t off t h e r a m p o n t o 14th. T u r n r i g h t a t " T " i n t e r s e c t i o n o n t o C a p i t a l B o u l e v a r d . G o 7 b l o c k s a n d t u r n left a t 7 t h . G o o n e b l o c k , t u r n right a n d t h e n left again t o s t a y o n 7 t h . G o o n e m o r e b l o c k a n d p a r k i n t h e lot a d j a c e n t t o C a p i t a l L a k e a n d t h e b o a t r e n t a l . F o r d e t a i l s , c o n t a c t C a r l B r o w n s t e i n a t (206) 426-5276.

INTRODUCING C R A B S T h e C o l u m b i a R o w i n g A n d B a i l i n g S o c i e t y has b e e n f o r m e d t o further the education for, and encouragement of. cruising in small craft. S p o k e s m a n J o s e p h T o d d o f P o r t l a n d , O r e g o n , says t h e n e w organization was launched " t o p r o m o t e the use of boats not frequently c o n s i d e r e d for c r u i s i n g l o n g d i s t a n c e s . " w i t h a b e a m o f a b o u t 5'-4." T h e r e a r e n o m a n u f a c t u r e r ' s I . D . plates o r o t h e r m a r k s o n t h e b o a t . S h e has a f i x e d k e e l w i t h m a r i n e p l y w o o d p l a n k e d h u l l . S h e i s w e l l built a n d q u i t e h e a v y f o r h e r s i z e . T h e sails w e r e m a d e i n S a n d b a n k , S c o t l a n d , b y J o h n M a c K e n z i e & S o n s , a n d a r e d a t e d 1954! I f y o u r m e m b e r s h a v e a n y i n f o r m a t i o n w h i c h m i g h t h e l p m e t r a c e t h e b l o o d l i n e s o f t h e b o a t , please let m e k n o w . T h a n k s , a n d happy sailing, Rod G r o n k a R N 10, A n e s t h e s i o l o g y University of Washington S e a t t l e , W A 98195 P.S. — T h e p i c t u r e w a s t a k e n just p r i o r t o d r y d o c k i n g a n d s h o w s t h e hull m i n u s the s t e m m o u n t e d r u d d e r . M y s o n b o u g h t a n 18-foot l a p s t r a k e i n n e e d o f T L C , i n t e n d i n g t o r e s t o r e it. I t c h u g g e d a r o u n d t h e S o u n d f o r m a n y y e a r s , but i s n o w p a r k e d i n m y f r o n t y a r d . (See a c c o m p a n y i n g p h o t o . ) His job keeps h i m out of the state so he doesn't have the time to p u r s u e t h e r e s t o r a t i o n . W e ' d like t o sell t h e b o a t . H e has a p p r o x i m a t e l y

T h e s o c i e t y will p u b l i s h a q u a r t e r l y n e w s l e t t e r , a n d h o p e s t o h o l d a n i n f o r m a l r e g a t t a this fall. T h o s e w h o o w n or are interested in cruising in small craft may c o n t a c t C R A B S a t B o x 14922, P o r t l a n d . O R 9 7 2 1 4 . o r call (503) 285 8938. o

DIRECTOR'S REPORT By Dick Wagner T h e r e i s n a r y a s t r u c t u r e o n t h e W a t e r w a y 4 site y e t , b u t w e ' r e g e t t i n g c l o s e . B e t w e e n t h e a p p r o v a l o f o u r use p e r m i t o n N o v e m b e 2 2 , 1982, a n d n o w , t h e r e h a v e b e e n m o r e p a p e r w o r k s t e p s , e a c h n e c e s s a r y f o r o c c u p a t i o n o f t h e site. H e r e i s t h e c h r o n o l o g y :

December 1, 1982 - I n s u r a n c e f o r g e n e r a l liability a n d p r o p e r t y d a m a g e f o r t h e site i s s u e d a n d p r e m i u m p a i d . December 21 — R e c e i v e d e l e c t r i c a l p e r m i t . January 8, 1983 - R e c e i v e d S h o r e l i n e M a n a g e m e n t p e r m i t . January 1 7 - R e c e i v e d U . S . A r m y C o r p s o f E n g i n e e r s p e r m i t . February 18 - R e c e i v e d title to t h e B o a t s h o p f r o m t h e O a k m e a d F o u n d a t i o n . T h e s h o p will s o o n b e m o v e d t o t h e s i t e , m o o r e d , a n d a r a m p built a n d a c t i v i t i e s b e g u n . I n v e s t m e n t O p p o r t u n i t i e s — C W B has d e c i d e d t o let i n v e s t o r s i n o n the g r o u n d floor o f o u r m u s e u m d e v e l o p m e n t . T o help build o u r E n d o w m e n t F u n d , we are offering a Life M e m b e r s h i p w i t h every c o n t r i b u t i o n o f $125 o r m o r e . T h i s offer has b e e n e x t e n d e d u n t i l A p r i l 3 1 . T h e Endowment Fund is your investment in our permanence. Y o u r m e m b e r s h i p is also a p p r e c i a t e d . Renew it at any time, but certainly when your present membership expires. (Expiration date of y o u r m e m b e r s h i p a p p e a r s o n t h e a d d r e s s label o f S h a v i n g s . ) B u y a d o c k p l a n k w i t h y o u r n a m e c a r v e d in it for $ 1 0 . 0 0 . A c o n t r i b u t i o n o f $100.00 p u t s y o u r n a m e p e r m a n e n t l y o n t h e s i t e . Y o u c a n also s p o n s o r a b o a t . W e h a v e p l e n t y n e e d i n g r e b u i l d i n g a n d refinishing and others we wish to acquire. A major c o n t r i b u t i o n to o u r r e n t a l - b o a t fleet will p r o v i d e sailing p r i v i l e g e s for t h e d o n o r . Pacific N o r t h w e s t Bell a n d B o e i n g m a t c h e m p l o y e e c o n t r i b u t i o n s o f $25.00 o r m o r e . G e t their n o n - p r o f i t d o n a t i o n f o r m s for d e t a i l s .


A l l c o n t r i b u t i o n s a r e t a x - d e d u c t i b l e . F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , please call 283-9166. R e c e n t A c q u i s i t i o n - A 12-foot M a r t y M o n s e n - built G r a n d y d i n g h y has j u s t b e e n d o n a t e d t o t h e C W B . T h i s i s a fine-lined l a p s t r a k e rowing boat made at the G r a n d y B o a t s h o p on L a k e U n i o n . T h e G r a n d y b r o t h e r s h i r e d 14-year-old M a r t y M o n s e n a s a n a f t e r - s c h o o l s w e e p e r w h e n t h e s h o p s t a r t e d i n 1924. E a r l G r a n d y t a u g h t M a r t y l a p s t r a k e c o n s t r u c t i o n w i t h i n t w o w e e k s . A f t e r t h a t , M a r t y built all t h e G r a n d y d i n g h i e s u n t i l h e q u i t t o s t a r t his o w n s h o p i n 1933. T h e s e b o a t s w e r e p o p u l a r y a c h t t e n d e r s , a n d w e r e also p u r c h a s e d i n quantities by the Parks D e p a r t m e n t as lifeguard boats. T h e West Seattle B o a t h o u s e also had t h e m as rental boats. W e l o o k f o r w a r d t o r e s t o r i n g this b o a t a s p a r t o f o u r w o r k i n g e x h i b i t fleet. T h i s will b e a m a t c h f o r o u r o t h e r G r a n d y d i n g h y , a c q u i r e d i n 1979. T h a t b o a t is c u r r e n t l y r e c e i v i n g a n e w k e e l s o n a n d r e f i n i s h i n g by a v o l u n t e e r c r e w o f B o b M u e l l e r , B r u c e S k i l l i n g a n d Rip a n d C a r o l i n e Knot. •

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T h e bad news about the C W B bus t o u r s t o A s t o r i a a n d V a n c o u v e r , B . C . w a s t h a t a r o c k - p o l i s h i n g m a c h i n e a n d the h i g h s c h o o l b u s w e r e n t e d have t h e e x a c t c o m f o r t level. T h e g o o d n e w s w a s t h a t o u r passengers were tougher t h a n we had a right to e x p e c t , and h a n d l e d the bodily t o r t u r e w i t h brave smiles. H u g h M o w a t o f V a n c o u v e r d e s e r v e s t h e I r o n M a n A w a r d . H e d r o v e f r o m his h o m e t o S e a t t l e , t o o k t h e 2 8 0 - m i l e r o u n d - t r i p b u s ride t o A s t o r i a , a n d r e t u r n e d h o m e t h e same night. Even better news w e r e the experiences at the destinations of each trip. T h e C o l u m b i a River M a r i t i m e M u s e u m utilizes v a r i a t i o n s o f l i g h t , t e x t u r e a n d direction to take the visitor b e y o n d the w o r l d of o r d i n a r y d i m e n s i o n s a n d s e n s a t i o n s . O f c o u r s e , t h e y e f f e c t i v e l y tell t h e s t o r y o f the m a r i t i m e h i s t o r y o f t h e C o l u m b i a River. T h a t ' s i n t e r e s t i n g i n itself, but e v e n i f o n e d o e s n ' t c a r e f o r t h a t , t o u r i n g t h e m u s e u m i s a n o u t s t a n d i n g s p a c e a d v e n t u r e . T h e e x t r a benefit o f t h e t r i p w a s t h e c o n s u m m a t e h o s p i t a l i t y o f t h e m u s e u m staff. O u r V a n c o u v e r , B . C . jaunt i n c l u d e d a t a n k - t e s t d e m o n s t r a t i o n a t B . C . R e s e a r c h - t h e o n l y s u c h facility i n t h e N o r t h w e s t . G e r r y S t e n s g a a r d r a n t h e t e s t , w h i c h w a s o f a m o d i f i e d 16'-8" A d i r o n d a c k guideboat that he designed a n d built. T h e boat was r u n t h r o u g h her paces at various speeds up to 5 knots, a n d G e r r y t u r n e d on irregular w a v e s t o c h e c k her i n C a p e H o r n c o n d i t i o n s . T h e sleek craft h a r d l y p r o d u c e d a b o w s h o c k w a v e o r fussy w a k e , e v e n a t 5 k n o t s . I t w a s o b v i o u s that t h e o l d classic w a s a f i n e l y - t u n e d d e s i g n . G e r r y passed along the following results f r o m the tests: Speed (knots) Resistance (pounds) 3 2.6 4 4.4 5 9.0 T h e b o a t , similar t o R u s h t o n ' s S a r a n a c L a k e r , w a s l o a d e d t o s i m u l a t e o n e o a r s m a n p l u s gear. T h e t r i p c o n c l u d e d w i t h a visit t o t h e a l w a y s - f a s c i n a t i n g V a n c o u v e r Maritime Museum, •

C U L T U R E AT THE BOAT SHOW Boat shows are as predictable a p h e n o m e n o n in the new year as o u r I R S f o r m 1040. T h e d i s p l a y s o f m a n y o f t h e b o a t s a n d e q u i p m e n t are easy t o k n o c k . T h e y s t a n d a s m o n u m e n t s t o c o n s p i c u o u s c o n s u m p t i o n . H o w else c a n o n e r e g a r d a d a z z l i n g m i d n i g h t b l u e , m e t a l - f l a k e d , v i n y l - u p h o l s t e r e d , t w o - p l a c e , 5 0 - k n o t r u n a b o u t f o r $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 , o r a $1,000 marine head w h o s e claim to fame is that it goes " s w i s h " rather than "gurgle?" H o w e v e r , (or t h e past f o u r y e a r s C W B has set u p a n o a s i s o f h i s t o r i c p e r s p e c t i v e a m i d this a n n u a l m a r i n e b a z a a r . I t ' s a b o u t a s l i k e l y a p a r t n e r s h i p a s I z a a k W a l t o n e x t o l l i n g the v i r t u e s o f f l y c a s t i n g w i t h b a m b o o r o d a n d l i n e n line a t a c o n v e n t i o n o f c o m m e r c i a l f i s h e r m a n . W h a t m a k e s i t all t h e m o r e b i z a r r e i s t h a t S e a t t l e h o s t s t w o boat s h o w s in January. We are at b o t h of t h e m . O f c o u r s e , w e are t h e r e f o r g o o d r e a s o n s . W e c a n ' t a f f o r d t o pass u p a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o w a v e o u r flag b e f o r e a c a p t i v e a u d i e n c e . C W B m e m b e r s l o o k f o r w a r d t o o u r n o o k t o rest t h e i r g l a z e d eyes a n d s t r o k e s o m e r e a l w o o d . A n d w e a l w a y s s e e m t o a t t r a c t the o l d - t i m e r s w h o s t o p a n d c h a t a b o u t t h e w a y i t w a s . W e leave t h e s h o w s w i t h n e w k n o w l e d g e o f o u r past f r o m t h e s e c o n t a c t s .

T h e s h o w s also p r o v i d e us w i t h earnings f r o m new a n d r e n e w e d m e m b e r s h i p , sales o f o u r p u b l i c a t i o n s a n d f r o m t h e g o o d w o o d b o a t s w e a l w a y s raffle a t t h e s h o w s . T h i s year w e h a d t w o o u t s t a n d i n g l a p s t r a k e d o u b l e - e n d e r s . T h e first was a 13-foot r o w i n g b o a t d e s i g n e d a n d built b y S t u a r t H o a g l a n d . T h e s e c o n d w a s a 15-foot t o u r i n g c a n o e d e s i g n e d b y P e t e r L e n t i n i , a n d built by Lentini and J o h n Henzie. T h e rowing boat was w o n by newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Dave Nason. of Kent. W A . (Dave surreptitiously bought o n e t i c k e t w h i l e his w i f e w a s a c r o s s t h e aisle. H e h a d j u s t s o l d his highschool-built Snipe sloop to begin a savings nest egg, a n d w a s in the t h r o e s o f b o a t - w i t h d r a w a l pains. T h e y p r a c t i c a l l y k i s s e d o u r feet w h e n they w e r e a n n o u n c e d a s w i n n e r s . ) Eric T h o m s e n o f S e a t t l e b o u g h t f o u r t i c k e t s a n d w o n t h e c a n o e . Eric builds f i b e r g l a s s W h i t e h a l l s , b u t r e m a i n s f o n d o f w o o d . " I b e l i e v e i n y o u r g o a l s s t r o n g l y , " he said a f t e r w i n n i n g . " A l t h o u g h I b u i l d in glass, I c e r t a i n l y h a v e e v e r y a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r a f i n e l y built w o o d e n b o a t . . . " T h i s year we made a special effort to pass on m a r i t i m e i n f o r m a t i o n at t h e s h o w s . C h r i s C u n n i n g h a m built a n Inuit k a y a k : C a r l B r o w n s t e i n m a d e s p a r s ; M a l c o l m W e h n c k e a n d P a d d y B r u c e d i d p a l m a n d needlew o r k o n t r a d i t i o n a l sails; T o m P a r k e r f a s h i o n e d half m o d e l s . Slide t a l k s w e r e given by M a r t y L o k e n on small-boat beach c a m p i n g in a Poulsbo Boat, and Chris C u n n i n g h a m in a Swampscott dory. T h e r e was A n d y Wichert d e m o n s t r a t i n g steam bending; L a n d W a s h b u r n w i t h a handso n session o n b o a t b u i l d i n g t o o l s ; Pat F o r d o n r e s t o r a t i o n o f h e r i t a g e b o a t s , a n d D i c k W a g n e r o n g e t t i n g t h e best s a i l i n g p e r f o r m a n c e o u t o f your boat. W h o k n o w s ? I f w e k e e p e x p a n d i n g this b e a c h h e a d o f h i s t o r i c consciousness, the J a n u a r y boat shows may s o m e d a y evolve into cultural experiences! D.W.



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