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The Hvalsoe 16 – Little Shell and Big Wave Dave Attempt the Salish 100: A beautiful story of how a community honors a father and the spirit of a daughter that fulfills her father's dream in a...
Jack Stone’s Senior Project: My son Jack chose to build a boat for his senior project in high school, and here's a video we made for his presentation...
The Toy Dory Jig, with Harry Bryan: Ingenuity in action. Watch how Harry Bryan sets up a system of jigs to produce multiple toy boats...the very toy boats h...
A First Time Builder’s Family Boat, the Australian Couta Boat MY GIRLS: So glad to make this video our 500th. Vernon and his “girls” have deeply inspired us....
Slow August – Lost In the Moment: Eric's son Asa is four. Oh, the simple pleasures found in the here and now....
Des Townson’s SERENE, New Zealand’s Family-Friendly Cruiser/Racer: We’re always on the lookout for a really big little family-friendly cruiser/racer (that's not a typo), so naturally th...
The World Duckboat Championships, A Classic Fleet Sails Again: Before there were Optimist Prams, at least on the Jersey Shore, there were Duck Boats. And now, thanks to an ingenious D...
The River Home — A Reflection on the Last Two Years: We thought we'd take a moment a look back at some of the places we've been, boats we've seen, and people we've met. What...
Beautiful West Coast Fishing Boats, PACIFIC – A Retired Halibut Longliner: Climb aboard the F.V. PACIFIC, a retired halibut longliner, to meet Don Macmillan who successfully fished her for many y...
Cuddling Up With a FOX Kayak (Double Paddle Canoe): The Fox Double Paddle Canoe is so cozy, and this little video clip was so heart-warming — it sparked nicknames for the...
Schooner MAGIC, A Family Goes Cruising: When the schooner MAGIC sailed into Brooklin this summer, we all got to witness her arrival with the three young sisters...
A Boat in the Family, A Good Way to Grow up – Aboard the Philip Rhodes Ketch SAONA: After emigrating from England to Australia, Ben built a boat for his young family. They all set to exploring together an...
Beauty, Craftsmanship & Boating – The Schmee of New Zealand and Doug Marsden: The slightest detour off the beaten path in New Zealand, will bring you face to face with the real story of this great c...
Small Boat Adventuring with Teardrop Trailers: For those of us who love the portability, practicality, affordability, and stylishness of little boats, we'd like you to...
A Father, a Daughter, and a Boat: Cruising in an Iain Oughtred Sooty Tern: A father and daughter take the day for a sail aboard UNA, an Iain Oughtred-designed Sooty Tern. The Sooty Tern is the ki...
Soul Sailing: A "soul sailor" (coined today by OCH) is a sailor who sails for the sheer pleasure of sailing. Although they may still e...
Small Boat Gatherings – Simplicity Afloat: Seeking a simpler life afloat? Small boat gatherings will stimulate your dreams and help you find community....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 1 – An Idea is Born With Eric Blake: In this first video, Eric introduces the skiff building project for local Brooklin kids that he and Havilah Hawkins are...
The Schooner MARTHA – Making Something Beautiful Happen: Built in San Francisco in 1907-1908, the 68' B.B. Crowninshield schooner MARTHA remains a graceful and powerful presence...
The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle — Our Favorite Place in this Great City: The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle has long set a standard for bringing people to the waterfront and getting them st...
Harry Bryan’s THISTLE, A Pedal-Powered Fin Boat: Ever wish you could swim through the water with a fish's power and quiet gracefulness? Harry Bryan's THISTLE, a pedal-po...
Following a Course, A Centennial Tour of GRAYLING: GRAYLING was built 100 years ago as an elegant fishing boat.  When she was restored into a family cruising boat in the...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 42 – Final Thoughts: A few final words from Geoff as we prepare for launching day....
Introducing Kids to Boats, Part 2 – The Blink of an Eye: With one's kids, things happen quickly.  With grandkids, as the slope of years angles ever more sharply downward, thing...
Introducing Kids to Boats, Part 1 – A Sense of Command: Getting children interested in boats can be as easy as finding a safe setting and letting them explore it on their own ...
Temple Tiny Regatta: Regattas need not be large and formal functions involving hardcore racing, signal flags, and grown men screaming for roo...

 

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