Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Late Summer Update and Announcement
|Drake Raceboat in perspective (more screenshots below)|
- A fast rowboat in the Drake spirit optimized for single, fixed- or sliding-seat rowing
- Ideal for fitness rowing and the open water racing curcuit
- 18'3" LOA (kit) stretchable up to 20' by spacing out molds (plans)
- Waterline length almost 17', 27 1/2" waterline beam
- Max beam is set at 4' so boat can be rowed in fixed seat class with 8 1/2' oars
- Sliding seat is an equal option in this boat, the Poseidon rig being the ideal, using sculling length oars
- Oarlocks for sliding seat can be mounted using Shaw and Tenney oarlock brackets or a custom made outrigger that fastens to gunwales (TBD)
- 5 kts speed potential race pace with 6kts in sprints
- Flotation tanks optional in sides or ends, but more likely flotation bags will be used and canvas decks to shed water
- Glued lapstrake construction, 4 strakes per side (4mm), no fiberglass
- Estimated weight below 75 lbs at kit length
- Numbers from computer model"
Volume Displacement = 306 lbs
Center of Buoyancy = 53.9% aft
Wetted Surface Area = 27.74 sf
Waterline Length = 16' 11 1/2"
Maximum Waterline Beam = 27.6781"
Water Plane Area = 24.5 sf
Center of Floatation = 53% aft
MSA 70.1711896 (+/- 1e-08) square inches
|More screenshots from the computer model of the DRB|
Friday, August 21, 2015
Sponsorship and Commission Opportunities
|The hull lines for the new KDI sketched out.|
|The Drake Raceboat has been modeled in the computer but that is it until sponsorship comes along.|
Friday, July 10, 2015
Be part of the Calendar Islands Yawl project this winter
Calendar Islands Yawl daysailer
Friday, July 3, 2015
Early Summer Activities and Updates
Prep, prep, prep!
Mostly my work focuses on watching four Deblois Street Dories getting finished, one of which has hit the water. Compass Project's Dory launched successfully with a a bunch of excited students who helped build her. Compass is looking for another big project commission to use in their work with at-risk youth.
|2015 Compass Project launch of the DSD.|
I am busily preparing the cutting of more Echo Bay Dory Skiff kits which will be built in Maine. This is the very latest version of the Skiff and any tweaks in the design demand a lot of attention to make sure all the details get done correctly. Those files are done and ready for more customers. It is hard to believe over 30 Echo Bay's have been built now!
Also in the works are the files for cutting the first ever St Lawrence River Skiff kit for the Bain & Co. Annie model. I am back in the computer model after quarter scale modeling the hull.
|Quarter Scale Model of the St. Lawrence River Skiff, Annie to be built at ABM in an August 10th workshop.|
Here is the information for my workshop in August. Spread the word! Contact me for more info.
Friday, May 29, 2015
I'm slowly updating the webpages on the blog. In the meantime, three Deblois Street Dories are slated to launch in the next several weeks, including two in Maine and one by a woman who teaches college Geology in Indiana. The first Drake19 rowboat will launch midsummer. I will do sea trials with Walter Baron, the builder. An Echo Bay or two should launch. And a Caravelle sailing skiff will also launch this season. Lots of activity!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Echo Bay Dory Skiff
|Echo Bay quarter scale model with sprit rig|
|Boothbay Regional HS students' build as of April 2015|
|EBDS at rest in Mystic, CT.|