April 1, 2015

To: WoodenBoat Devotees

Dick Wynne of Lodestar Books in the UK has just brought back the Albert Strange book by John Leather, originally published in 1990. There's a new foreword by Iain Oughtred, as well as more color photos and artwork. We carry several other Lodestar titles, including Lugworm and Under the Cabin Lamp.

We now have three more of our half-hull model plans converted to digital, for instant download. The digital format is really slick for you overseas folks as you'll save on delivery time and airmail fees. Take a look at Madge, Nymph, and Papoose. In addition to the plans and lift patterns, you'll receive a brief history of the boat, materials list, and an article on how to build using the "lift" method. These are projects which don't take-up gobs of space or cost all that much for materials, and the results are nothing short of stunning.

Another addition to our digital offerings is a quantity discount deal on our 99 cent Study Plans. Now when you order 5 you pay for 4 (10 for the price of 8, and with 15, you pay for 11). This is especially handy if you're the kind of person who loves to compare and contrast designs.

For you Boat Design Quarterly fans, we just got word that that next issue (#45) will be out in July. No doubt it will be worth the wait. If you are lacking past issues, we stock the available print issues, and we have all of the issues in downloadable PDF digital format.

A celebration of small schooners thread on our WoodenBoat Forum is worth a quick check-in. Although the thread was started a couple of years ago, it continues to receive new postings, and for good reason.

If you are into hull performance, here's a short video about hull vanes. Posted on our Professional BoatBuilder site, the hull vanes have been patented and developed by the Dutch firm Van Oossanen & Associates. Neat stuff.

And last but certainly not least, the April Small Boats Monthly is now on-line. This issue features the Candlestick 13 from Sam Devlin & Company, as well as Escargot, inspired by the canal boats of France. And, there's a Françoise Vivier-designed Ebihan 16 in the Reader-Built Boat section. Also, we just got word that Small Boats Monthly editor Chris Cunningham will be at The WoodenBoat Show, held at Mystic Seaport at the end of June. Look for the Small Boats Monthly booth to be in the same tent with our Store display, School, and WB magazine.

-Scot & Crew

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