September 28, 2016To: WoodenBoat Devotees
Trimaran Jim Brown stopped by our Store last week, just in time to see that his (and John Marples) Seaclipper 20 plans are now in our catalog, and in stock. If you're thinking about three hulls, this is a pretty neat boat. Straight-forward ply construction, swing-wing (folding back) akas (crossbars) make it extra handy for street legal trailering. If you're not familiar with Jim, you might want to listen to his free Outrig Project podcasts, where you'll hear the history of multihulls, from one of the key people in their development.
And another new plan now in stock is from Billy and John Atkin, the 24' Shore Liner. Such a pretty boat. If you have the book Practical Small Boat Designs, she's on the front cover, and you can read all about her.
Ever been sailing and in need of a quick wash-n-dry shirt? That's not what cotton does best, so we now have an Ultralight WoodenBoat Jersey made of very comfortable, super-lightweight poly. That material sure has come a long way. Featuring a small WoodenBoat logo on the front and a larger logo on the back, the "imprint" isn't silk-screening, instead it's a sublimation process, so it doesn't feel like ink has been added. These have ragland sleeves sewn in the same charcoal color as the imprint, while the shirt itself is a light, ocean blue. Check'em out.
This concept is likely not new to our readers: wood is a heckuva building material. The London Design Festival (Westminster) features the "Smile", a structure made of Tulip wood from the US, which was cut/laminated in Germany then trucked to the UK, and created as a long arc, to showcase the properties of wood as a material for building buildings. Click The Smile for more.
Summer is just about done here in Brooklin, Maine as we are on the very last week of on-site WoodenBoat School Courses. Click that link to see what transpired this summer, and click Nov 7-12 to see a just-added offsite course in Maryland taught by Eric Schade, on stitch-n-glue kayak building. Remember to head to the School site in late November to see the 2017 schedule. There is a very high "recidivism" rate amongst students, so make your 2017 plans early.
And lastly, WoodenBoat editor Matt Murphy reminds us that this coming weekend is the International Maritime Film Festival which takes place at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport, Maine (up the road from us) Sept 30-Oct 2. It's just $50 for the entire 3-day shindig. The Restorer's Journey will be a bonus feature, (yes, we carry it). The photo from the DVD jacket is also on our latest WoodenBoat Store Catalog front cover... Jon's first appearance there since 1983.
-Scot & Crew
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