April 9, 2014

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

A couple of days ago we received our new Navy Blue Fleece Hats with the WoodenBoat logo laser-etched into the fleece. It's our subtle hat, with a Black logo on Navy. If you prefer something a tad brighter, take a look at the Sage Green. And for more than a tad brighter, pick Hot Pink. Comfortable and handsome, they're not your run-of-the-mill hats.

Hot off the press: the new Print as well as Digital versions of May/June WoodenBoat are now in stock. We hear it's already up for a "prettiest cover" nomination. And this is an especially good issue (no bias here...) with reviews of the new book about the Pardeys and the terrific Anna and Harlan Hubbard DVD . There's even a Malabar II featured--we happen to have that design on the cover of our book How to Build a Wooden Boat. In the Launchings section, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that VERY handsome Bill Garden designed Tom Cat. And don't overlook the piece by Evelyn Ansel. She was in the WB School video we mentioned a few months back. Now she's in Stockholm, studying very old boatbuilding tools.

Ring... Ring... Ring.... Maine is calling you to the WoodenBoat School this summer. Course reservations are ahead of last year so you'll want to sign-up soon. Understanding what to take has been made wicked easy by Greg Summers, WoodenBoat's site designer. He's truly outdone himself with a clean, clear, and bright look, and his month-at-a-glance section is perfect for putting it all into perspective. Just in case you needed an extra nudge, Greg has loaded-up the place with tons of photos of boats and the facilities. Yes, it's time to answer the call.

And lastly, even if you have zero need to build a spar, that latent engineer in you will find this interesting. It's Reuel Parker's submission to the WoodenBoat site's Whiskey Plank feature, where he's posted drawings as well as building info for light weight and economical mast construction.

-Scot & Crew

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