May 7, 2014

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

Just arrived... our new Green Streamers--they're like the Red version we added a couple of months ago, 'cept Green. Made in the United States of Arizona, they're 3-1/2 inches wide by 9 feet long, ready to fly from the leech of your main, from a pigstick, or halyard. Built of rip-stop nylon, they have heat-sealed edges, two brass grommets, and a swallow-tail end. Heckuva price.

The good folks at Mystic Seaport have recently produced a new video from the past called Unfurling the World. It's about Irving and Electa "Exy" Johnson and their seven circumnavigations, starting and ending in Gloucester, MA, between the 1930s and 1950s. The Johnsons made their sailing habit work by having young, mostly 18-25 year olds, as paying, inexperienced crew for the 18 month long sailing adventure of a lifetime. Interesting story, interesting footage.

When you order boat building plans from us, we're likely to include one of our new Build-Sail-Live stickers. How's THAT for incentive to start your building project!

"Call me anything but late for dinner." In mid-August there will be a bit of a celebration of WoodenBoat's 40th Anniversary, and a big part of that event will be two benefit dinners here in Brooklin, Maine. Tuck into a BBQ at the Firehouse, and a lobster dinner at the WoodenBoat waterfront. Click Din-Din for tickets and details. And for an overview of the event, click Open House Weekend.

And lastly, we thought you might find this interesting, from our sister publication Professional BoatBuilder magazine. The article shows boatbuilding instructor Rick Barkhuff of the Landing School and how he fits frames when dealing with curves and changing bevels. Nifty technique.

-Scot & Crew

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