There appears to be a growing interest in small boats since they are easier and cheaper to maintain and build, quicker to launch, and just plain get used because the boats aren’t complicated!
For a limited time the book will be available for FREE to folks who are subscribers to my eNewsletter. I am feverishly working on my SCAMP to have it fully assembled before the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival starts September 6th.
I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on.
Click HERE to subscribe to my email news list for the latest and greatest fun stuff and click on one of the buttons below to subscribe to my show. Betsy spent her formidable years on Mercer Island and enjoyed getting out on canoes and row boats on Lake Washington. In January of 2002 while attending the Marine Carpentry Program, fire struck the Seattle Yacht Club where Glory Be was moored and she burned and sank. Over the next 2 years, she was lovingly and painstakingly restored to her former glory, and looks as beautiful today as she did when she was launched in 1914 from the Taylor-Grandy yard on Vashon Island, WA. Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Betsy and her love of wooden boats and the wooden boat community! WANT TO HELP? PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK! I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. The Bellingham Maritime Museum prides itself on its diverse collection of informative exhibits, boats and artifacts, models and photographs dating from the first native canoes to the present time. The collection of about a dozen boats in various stages of restoration, are on display to the public at any given time.  These include a wooden hull boat, created by naval architect, Richard Poole who passed away before completion.
A collection of unique fiberglass and wooden vessels are being restored on museum premises.
The only surviving PACV Hovercraft combat vehicle from the Vietnam Conflict, as well as a working, restored, WWII, Army DUKW are on public exhibit.  The MK I PBR, nicknamed the “Ugly Duckling” for its combat damage, was built in 1966 by United Boat Builders of Bellingham. One of the world’s largest salmon canning operations, Pacific American Fisheries operated on Puget Sound and in Alaska between 1899 and 1965, with headquarters in Bellingham along the Fairhaven waterfront. Founded by Arch Talbot prior to WWII, the Bellingham Shipyards established a national reputation for excellence in wooden shipbuilding and the pioneering of fiberglass boats. This exhibit features illustrations of canoe designs and construction.  We hope to expand this collection in the future to include actual canoes and other artifacts.
With a large Coast Guard presence in Bellingham, our exhibit has information on aircrafts, ships, facilities and boats utilized by the organization.
A very early iron cannon found in Bellingham, whose origin and age is yet to be determined, is on exhibition, along with the mystery surrounding it. BMM’s wide collection of artifacts include many antique items, such as a brass ship’s telegraph, a Clift Engine, made in Bellingham in early 1900’s and a 100 year-old steam engine from a sunken steam tug, “Charlotte”. Also on display are genuine vintage telescopes, and an Azimuth Circle, an instrument used to obtain bearings on objects relative to the ship.  A Navy Standard liquid-filled magnetic compass and an illuminated dial Pelorus navigation tool are fascinating to see.
Imagine one of the greatest feelings in the world, riding on the water on a sunny afternoon in your beautiful newly built boat and all the jealous people craning their necks just so they can get a good look at your boat. You can make your dreams come true if you download and start using this great wooden boat building package. Plans 4 Boats package was designed specially for boat building beginners and all DIY enthusiasts that have the basic wood working tools and the basic wood working knowledge.
All of the 254 Wooden Boat Plans include step-by-step clearly written and illustrated instructions that also explain the basics of boat construction, tools, materials, safety and a lot of other great info. Tiernan adds that the reason most boats for sale today are made of fiberglass is that they can be made by semiskilled and unskilled workers who are cheaper to hire than the skilled craftspeople needed to build a wooden boat. Another is that when we build in wood or commission others to do so, we are helping to maintain an important tradition.
I wonder also whether the argument that building from wood is environmentally friendly has really been made. PS Fans of the US designer John Atkin will be interested to know that Tiernan is currently weblogging the build of a clinker-built Atkin Ninigret.
PPS I’d draw your attention to some of the comments below, particularly those of West Country boat designer, occasional building and general sailing man John Hesp.


Gavin, most of Tiernan's list deals with the engineering advantages of wood, as if we bought boats based on these facts. Trees have been growing, falling over, rotting, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere for years and it hasn't caused a massive increase in atmospheric CO2. I do see what you mean – it seems unreasonable to reduce these issues to numbers and engineering criteria when one of the key reasons we go boating is often to get away from such prosaic considerations.
Nevertheless, these issues are worth considering as I'm sure your inner designer will concede, and the environmental questions are much more subtle than most of us thought at the beginning. And of course, carbon emissions are tightly connected to economic activity and human activity in general. On the other side of the issue, some fraction of whatever carbon there is in a plastic boat will remain locked in the material for a very long time. You don't think you've been led down the garden path by what sounds a rather journalistic BBC article? Ironing and washing, to be fair – both need more heat where cotton shirts are concerned. One interesting little tidbit I read recently is that the meat industry in one way or another, contributes significantly more to global warming than transportation, worldwide. One other nice thing about wooden boats, which has already been touched on a bit, but a nice one is gives pleasure to people, even when they aren't normally interested in boats. If the global warming cost of fossil fuels is added to that fuel we find ourselves playing a very different game. Did you know that one barrel of oil contains the same amount of energy as 12 men working for one year? Image coming back to shore after a day on the water on a foggy day in an aluminum boat and the oars are clunking against metal. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to. Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. After working in the hi-tech industry, becoming a board member at CWB, and purchasing Glory Be in 1997, Betsy took some time to reflect on the next step in her life journey. The Bellingham Maritime Museum is a working museum with groups of volunteers taking on the many challenges to preserve and restore boats, artifacts and Northwest Maritime History.
During WWII, Bellingham Shipyards was the largest privately owned shipyard in the United States and was the only Shipyard to receive 6 Navy ‘E” awards for excellence.
In 2000, Fairhaven Shipyards employed 110 full-time employees.  Next door, All American Marine continues the tradition of boat building in Fairhaven by creating state-of-the-art, foil supported aluminum catamarans.
Included in this section are charts of the San Juan Islands and a map of local lighthouses.  A large model of a 110’ Island Class Coast Guard patrol boat is on permanent display.
The original markings can still be clearly seen, but it is unknown where it came from and who made it. The engine had been in at least two vessels previously.  BMM plans to recover the boiler and recreate the engine room for exhibition. The process used to be very complicated and involved a lot of precise work form a lot of people. You will find Plans 4 Boats a very large package that contains everything that you need to strat building today. You will be able to build boats from 254 Wooden Boat Plans using basicly any material for the job. Boatbuilders teach each other, and the skills have long been conveyed by oral transmission.
But if we only build boats out of oil, and keep a constant number of trees, there will be a nett increase in CO2. I became aware of this when a BBC magazine looked at the issue and decided that the heat consumed in ironing a cotton shirt meant that poly-cotton shirts were a better environmental deal; so it seems to me that we should consider all the inputs and outputs, not just the obvious ones.


Gaseous hydrocarbons are often very powerful greenhouse gases, and if a boat needs eight coats of varnish every two years, what's the impact of that?
I wish someone would give me some nice, clear well worked answers that left me knowing where I was on all this, and that I could quote when the issue arises. I can guarantee that the energy expended per year ironing my cotton shirts is less than it takes to make a years worth of polyester shirts…. And it seems to me that I've never even owned an iron that got hot enough to iron a cotton shirt properly!
We should use wood because we want to, and save our agonizing about our carbon footprints for the times when it really counts. I am not about to give up my roast lamb, but cutting my meat intake in half would do me good, and probably make a more significant dent in my carbon footprint than all the other little fiddles one reads about put together.
The difference in the reaction of people when I am paddling some rental day-glo plastic fantastic canoe, and when they see me in my little varnished oak and pine S-O-F canoe is remarkable.
I seem to remember writing about the issue years ago, and finding that the energy savings from triple glazing can take a century to pay back the investment. What's needed is some sort of mechanism where the cost of dealing with CO2 problems are paid for by the sources of CO2, then triple glazing and the like would look a lot more attractive finacially. If person A manufactures a triple glazed panel using oil based energy sources the cost of energy is very low but the CO2 generated is very high.
The cost of the triple glazed panel goes up slightly because of the embodied energy, but the cost of the energy being saved over, say, 20 years is a very worthwhile saving.
Theres a tigermoth biplane at our local airport that is probably 60-70 years old with wooden wing spars that DO flex. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! We like to think that at night, they are telling stories and reliving their adventures.  The USN PACV Hovercraft was manufactured on the Isle of Wight, England by British Hovercraft Corp.
Bellingham Shipyards set the Navy’s quality standard, for wooden Minesweepers and support craft during both WWII and the Korean War. Uniflite became one of the largest and most respected makers of fiberglass boats in the country.  The company was later acquired in 1984 by Chris-Craft, continuing to build the boats under their brand until they ceased production in 1989. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and NOAA produced a special 20-poster exhibit set that explores the Coast Survey’s history, accomplishments, and scientific contributions.
But things tend to get easier these days and so I came across this great selection of boat building plans for wooden boats that includes 254 Wooden Boat Plans and all the needed boat building knowledge to make a real floating vessel from them. With our busy working and family lives I have no hesitation in saying that we own and use at least one boat that we wouldn’t be able to keep up it on a DIY basis if it was made from wood. For example, when wood eventually rots its breakdown must release carbon dioxide and the much worse global warming gas methane. If the returns are so small, I'd suggest there are likely to be other areas we could cut down on that would make more of a difference.
If person B manufactures the same panel using energy from photovoltaics the cost of energy is very high, but the CO2 released is very low.
Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and artwork held in the Survey’s archives, these colorful posters provide a foundation for programs and exhibits about your organization’s resources and associations with boating, shipping, and maritime history. So what is the lifetime cost of a wooden boat to the environment compared with a plastic one? With regard to the maintenance I was referring to epoxy encapsulated wood like the Ninigret I'm building.
The recession might have lowered energy costs, but I can see us coming out of it with soaring energy costs. Maybe plastic boat owners are more inclined to motor than sail, and maybe plastic boat owners are more attracted to resource hogging marinas?
Sure, we need a reasonably big car to haul the family around, but could we get away with an overgrown go-cart for the commute to work?
Just to add a factor that seems relevant, what is the contribution to global warming made by the drying of spirit-based paints and varnish?



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