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Thoughts on L. Francis Herreshoff’s Rozinante, with Roger Taylor and Maynard Bray: Two old friends sailing a simple, slippery, and beautiful L. Francis Herreshoff Rozinante on a gorgeous summer day- what...
Just Keep Going, Part 1 – Building the Drake Raceboat 20: Last year Nate and his brother Cooper tackled R2AK and this year Nate has undertaken to build his first boat and then ro...
Traditional Rigging, Part 10 – Parceling and Serving a Wire Grommet: Myles continues to make the throat halyard strop as he parcels and serves the underlying wire grommet....
Scribing & Maintaining a Waterline, With a Batten and a Pull-Saw: Havilah Hawkins shows us how to make and maintain a classic looking waterline on your wooden boat....
How to Attach Sail Hardware, Part 3 – Sewn on Hanks: There's no school like the old school and Alison Wood shows us how true this is as she walks us through the steps of sew...
Removing Paint from a Wooden Boat – Rhythm, Heat and a Scraper: Pride in one's work is never more evident than here-watching Havilah Hawkins take on the task of removing paint efficien...
Walkabout at Brooklin Boat Yard, 91-Foot Cutter SONNY: Sure, yachts are beautiful when the crowd gathers for launching day. But we wanted to see what it's like four days befor...
Metalworking Techniques, Part 2 – Making Mounts & Threading Stainless Steel: Erica demonstrates a variety of metalworking skills as she cuts, drills, grinds, and threads the traveler disk-mounts an...
Metalworking Techniques, Part 3 – Silver-Brazing & Finishing the Traveler: Erica finishes up the traveler project with fire and skill....
Building Birchbark Canoes, Steve Cayard Teaches a Wabanaki Tradition: As kids, many of us wondered how Native Americans built birchbark canoes. Well here’s master builder Steven Cayard sho...
How to Attach Sail Hardware, Part 2 – Webbing on a Slide: Alison Wood is attaching slides with handsewn webbing in the most durable way in part 2 of the series....
Metalworking Techniques, Part 1 – Heat-Bending Metal Rod for a Traveler: In this series, Erica Moody will demystify metalworking — showing the basics of how to work metal with portable tools...
Daysailing a Herreshoff S-Boat – Serenity at Sea: Long-known for its speed around the race course, the nimble and muscular Herreshoff S-Boat can provide just as much enjo...
Boat Shop Visit – Bertram Levy: One of life's fine pleasures is simply hanging out in the boatshop talking shop. And so we stopped by to visit retired d...
Rediscovering a Fiberglass Classic, A “New” Graves Constellation: For years we have been noodling around with the idea of picking up an old-time, bullet-proof fiberglass sailboat, sawz-a...
How to Attach Sail Hardware, Part 1 – Hand-Sewing Rings: In this series Alison Wood, of Port Townsend Sails in Washington, wants to show us how to attach the sliders and hanks t...
Traditional Rigging, Part 9 – How to Make a Wire Grommet: As this series continues Myles Thurlow will now make a throat halyard strop. The first step is to make a wire grommet- A...
WIZARD – Herreshoff’s Fishers Island 31: The restoration of the Herreshoff designed and built Fishers Island 31' by boat builder Brion Rieff not only achieves a...
How to Winterize a Small Outboard Motor, Part 2 – Oil & Grease for the Lower Unit: Taking us through the final steps, Bob Messier goes through changing the oil and greasing the pivots on the lower unit o...
How to Winterize a Small Outboard Motor, Part 1 – Flushing the System and Fogging Out: Watching a seasoned veteran as he goes through winterizing an outboard engine, step by step, takes the mystery out of th...
Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, A Shipyard Walkabout: Big buildings, proper machinery, tools, and 12 co-op partners, who manage projects, make up the Port Townsend Shipwright...
Restoring Mink, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 4 – A New Set of Old Style Sails: In our final visit aboard MINK, we learn about the new suit of old-style sails made for the 1914 Buzzards Bay 25. Sailma...
Cuddling Up With a FOX (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...
How to Vacuum Bag, Part 1 – Making a Wood & Epoxy Laminate: Eric takes all the mystery out of what otherwise might seem like a daunting operation: Vacuum bagging. Step by step we s...
How to Vacuum Bag, Part 2 – Watching it Happen: Vacuum bagging with over 4000 pounds of pressure, and then opening the bag to see how it went is impressive enough- but...
Sand Casting Marine Hardware: The Port Townsend Foundry: We visit the Port Townsend Foundry to see how they utilize the sand casting process to create in-house marine hardware....
How to Make A Flat Blade Oar, with Wesley Reddick of Rower’s Oars: At his shop at Rower's Oars, Wesley Reddick shows us how to make a flat blade oar from a few pieces of spruce....
Making a Caulking Mallet with Antique Tool Guy Jeff Pearson: Antique tool guy Jeff Pearson takes us through the process of how to make a caulking mallet....
Herreshoff Marine Museum – Part 6, In The Boat Hall: The Dinghies: Maynard Bray and Eric Blake finish their tour of the Herreshoff Marine Museum with an examination of Herreshoff's dinghy...
Shortcuts for Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces – Part 4, Using Hand Tools For Final Shaping: This week Eric Blake demonstrates using hand tools for the final shaping of complex curves and tapers of wooden boat pie...
Building Momentum, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Eric Blake joins Head instructor Sean Koomen for a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock,...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 20 – Launch Day!: In the final part of our series, Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins' work comes to a completion as the kids gather to launch...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 5 – Practical Applications: In the final part of this series, Eric Blake walks us through a few practical applications of using epoxy on wooden boat...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 19 – Oil, Plugs & Paint: This week Eric Blake, Havilah Hawkins and the kids are finishing up the Off Center Skiff with oil, plugs and paint....
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 18 – Seat-Risers & Seats: Eric Blake, Havilah Hawkins and the kids build and install the seat-risers & seats on the Off Center Skiff....
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces, Part 3 – Routing & Sanding the Curves & Tapers: This week Eric Blake demonstrates routing and sanding shortcuts to the shape complex curves and tapers of wooden boat pi...
Restoring Mink, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25: Part 3 – Putting Exact Period Details in Place: We visit with MINK's owner and chief researcher to learn about how they put exact period details in place on the 1914 Bu...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 17 – Inwales & Outwales: This week Eric Blake and the Brooklin Skiff Club kids are hand-riveting the inwales and outwales into place on the Off C...
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 16 – Outer Stem + Sanding and Priming the Hull: The kids put in some elbow grease with sandpaper and paintbrushes....
How to Build The Off Center Skiff, Part 15 – Finishing the Bottom & Flipping the Boat: The kids are hard at work finishing up the puttying, taking the boat off the molds, screwing down the bottom stringers,...
Shortcuts Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces – Part 2, Cutting the Tapers: We return to the Brooklin Boat Yard with Eric Blake as he walks us through cutting the tapers in shaping complex wooden...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 14 – Caulking Cotton: As the series continues, Havilah Hawkins demonstrates how to traditionally caulk the skiff with caulking cotton....
Bit Brace Essentials, Part 2 – Techniques & Uses: We return to Harry Bryan's shop to learn the essential techniques and uses of the bit brace....
Ingenuity at Work & Play, with Harry Bryan: Harry Bryan takes us off-the-grid again with his ingenuity in both work and play....
Shortcuts for Shaping Complex Wooden Boat Pieces, Part 1 – Making the Blank: We join Eric Blake at the Brooklin Boat Yard where he breaks down how to recreate compound tapered shapes for wooden boa...
Restoring MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 1 – An Uncommon Approach: Over the last century, the Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 25 has lived a storied history indeed.  Now, one of the five boats t...
Restoring MINK, a 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, Part 2 – Mink’s Owner and Chief Researcher Weigh In: MINK's owner and her chief researcher weigh in on the renovation aimed at putting the 1914 Buzzards Bay 25 back exactly...
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 13 – Planking the Bottom: The Brooklin Skiff Club makes quick work of planking the bottom of their skiff....
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 12 – Planing the Chine Log/Garboard: Our Off Center skiff build continues this week with planing the chine log and garboard....
Bit Brace Essentials, Part 1 – Knowing What To Look For: Join Harry Bryan as he walks us through bit braces and knowing what to look for.  ...
Traditional Rigging, Part 8 – Parcelling & Serving a Eye Splice: Myles Thurlow demonstrates the methods behind parcelling and serving a eye splice....
How to Build the Off Center Skiff, Part 11 – The Frames: Eric, Havilah and the rest of Brooklin Skiff Club are installing the frames as the Off Center Skiff continues to come to...
Traditional Rigging, Part 7 – Making a Wire Splice: Myles demonstrates the methods behind making a wire splice in this next chapter in our traditional rigging series....
Cool Shop Tips #4, Harry Bryan’s Sawhorse Clamp: Forget the power miter saw - this original sawhorse clamp design by Harry takes a sawhorse and clamp to create a handy t...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 10 – Planking the Sides: This week, Brian Larkin joins the Brooklin Skiff Club as planking the sides begins on the Beautiful Skiff....
The Boltinator: An Ingenious Tool for Extracting Keel Bolts & Bearings: Got keel bolts to pull? Or perhaps you'd like to pull a hole in the time-space continuum? This shop-built tool does the...
Traditional Rigging, Part 6 – Leathering a Spliced Eye: For leathering a spliced eye, or sewing leather around standing rigging or oars, the double needle baseball stitch is th...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 9 – Shaping the Inner Stem: As the skiff series continues, Eric Blake demonstrates how to plane a twisting bevel into the skiff's inner stem....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 5 – Drilling and Tapping Stainless Steel: We finish our trip into the shop with a look at tricks on drilling and tapping stainless steel....
Traditional Rigging, Part 4 – Cutting and Parcelling for a Spliced Eye: We continue our exploration into the art of traditional rigging with Myles Thurlow walking us through the cutting and pa...
Traditional Rigging, Part 5 – Serving for a Spliced Eye: After cutting and parcelling, master rigger Myles Thurlow demonstrates the technique of serving a spliced eye....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 8 – The Transom: Gluing-up and fairing the cedar boards that comprise the transom, and then mounting it, is the task at hand as the Beaut...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 7 – Setting Up The Molds: With measuring sticks and pencils, the kids join Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins to set-up the molds for the skiff....
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 6 – Layout and Building Molds: Before the kids arrive, Eric Blake and Havilah Hawkins walk us through the process for laying out and building the molds...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 5 – The Strongback: A strong and precisely constructed strongback is a critical element in getting the skiff building project off to a good...
L. Francis Herreshoff – Yacht Designer, A Book By Roger Taylor: L. Francis Herreshoff (LFH) is one of our favorite designers here at OffCenterHarbor.com, and all of us have had direct...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 4 – Cutting & Planing Planks: In the fourth video in our series, Eric Blake takes us to the Brooklin Boat Yard to begin work on cutting and planing pl...
Handsaws for Boatbuilding, with Harry Bryan: When it comes to handsaws, whether you're working with plywood or natural stock, Harry Bryan knows which saw is the be...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 3 – The Local Wood Option: In the third video in our series, Eric Blake visits David Gray, an owner of a local sawmill, to have Eastern White Ceda...
How to Build a Beautiful Skiff, Part 2 – Getting Screws and Lumber: In the second video in our skiff series, Eric visits our local hardware store and lumberyard to purchase screws and rev...
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...
Schooner BOWDOIN Gets a New Deck: When OCH visited the schooner BOWDOIN to see the progress of her new deck, a job which called for the precise joining of...
Traditional Rigging, Part 3 – Wire, Thimbles, Marline, & More: Ever wondered what tools and materials a rigger brings to a traditional vessel? Master rigger Myles Thurlow takes us ste...
Traditional Rigging, Part 2 – Tools of the Trade: In part 2 of our Traditional Rigging Series, master rigger Myles Thurlow shows us the tools of his trade. Carefully sele...
Traditional Rigging, Part 1 – Whipping A Rope: In part 1 of our Traditional Rigging Series, master rigger Myles Thurlow walks us through whipping a rope end to finish...
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 4 – Drilling & Tapping Bronze: Head into the metal shop to learn the order of events of how to drill and tap bronze pieces together....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 3 – Machine, Pan & Hex Head Screws with Wood: See more fasteners in action with tips on using machine, pan and hex head screws in woodworking projects....
How to Use Epoxy, Part 3 – Sheathing Wood with Fiberglass and Dynel: As Eric Blake demonstrates how to use epoxy for sheathing wood with fiberglass and dynel, we see how many techniques and...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 4 – Prepping & Painting Over Fiberglass and Dynel: After the epoxy cures overnight on the demonstration panels, we see the results Eric has been shooting for as he shows u...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 5 – In the Boat Hall: The Extreme: Take a detailed look at the radical elements of Herreshoff's more extreme designs at the Herreshoff Marine Museum with M...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 2 – Getting a Smooth Finish for Paint or Varnish: Eric Blake continues his walkthrough on how to use epoxy to get a smooth finish for paint or varnish at the Brooklin Bo...
How to Use Epoxy, Part 1 – Coating Plywood for Paint or Varnish: For your next project, let Eric Blake walk you through using an epoxy buildup coat before painting or varnishing bare...
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 2 – Countersinking Screws & Setting Bungs in Wood: Fasteners in action: Proper techniques for putting stuff together using a variety of fasteners....
Fasteners & Fastening, Part 1 – Naming of the Screw: Get up to date on today's fasteners and their specific uses....
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 1 – Flush Panel Construction: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove puts together a frame and panel constructed pilot house door for a Northwest...
Making a Pilot House Door, Part 2 – Finish & Fit: Woodworking techniques abound as Tony Grove finishes and fits the frame and panel constructed door for a Northwest Fish...
Creating the Pisces – A Daysailer Inspired by the Herreshoff Fish Class: These days classic daysailers are increasingly popular with experienced sailors with an eye for simple elegance and comf...
DAVID B – One Boat, Two Hearts: A skilled mechanical tinkerer and a gifted naturalist/cook turn their combined talents to the restoration of an ancient...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 4 – In The Boat Hall: Classic Centennials: Surely the most radiant jewels of the Herreshoff Marine Museum are the boats designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff in...
Kids in the Shop, a Work Bench & Set of Tools: When Harry Bryan built a tool bench for his grandchildren, it got us to thinking that maybe there's a workshop in Passam...
How To Use A Handsaw, Square & Bevel Crosscuts: In an era of loud, whirring machines, Harry takes us back to the simplicity and precision of the crosscut saw as he show...
Herreshoff Marine Museum Part 3 – In The Boat Hall: The Early Days: To better understand the development of America's premier yacht designer, join Maynard Bray and Eric Blake as they exami...
Building Boat Furniture Using Plywood and Cleat Construction: We visit the Grove Woodworking School on Gabriola Island in British Columbia where boatbuilder Tony Grove demystifies th...
Cool Shop Trick: Applying a Herreshoff-Style Sheerstrake to a Cold Molded Alerion 26: Cold molded boats don’t really have individual planks, so sheerstrakes, especially ones in the Herreshoff style that a...
Sailing LILY – L. Francis Herreshoff’s Design # 43: Seldom has a man been more comfortable on a boat than OCH Founder Maynard Bray aboard his beloved L. Francis Herreshoff...
A Sail Aboard An Alerion 26 – KITTIWAKE: Of all of Nathanael Herreshoff's great designs, perhaps his beloved ALERION proved to be the most seminal,  spawning mo...
Carrying on the Tradition, Hand Painted Boat Lettering: On a classic boat, nothing says "hand made" better than the artful flourish of hand painted boat lettering....
An Electrifiying Twist To The Gunning Dory: G.E.M.A. – The Gentleman’s Electric Mess-About: G.E.M.A, otherwise known as the Gentleman’s Electric Mess-About, has an electrifying new twist on the classic Chamberl...
Boats Worth Restoring, PORPOISE Gets New Frames: What makes a good candidate for wooden boat restoration? Meet PORPOISE: A one-of-a-kind, handsome little pocket cruiser...
A Three-Generation Dream Boat – The Herreshoff Fish Class Sloop – PERCH: We pass a significant milestone with this video — our 250th video for members of OffCenterHarbor.com. We fantasize abo...
How to Paint a Boat, Part 1 – Getting the Right Topside Paint: Get a grip on how to paint a boat — before you head off to the marine paint store. The more you know, the better the...
SPARKLE: The Boat to Beat: In 1947, two NASA rocket scientists started playing around with sailboat design. The result was SPARKLE: the boat to bea...
Lie-Nielsen Woodworking Tools, A Glimpse at How They’re Made: Tom Lie-Nielsen is the man behind the kind of woodworking tools that we would like to pass down to our kids and grandk...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Making the Pattern: It's better to have a whole boat, rather than two halves. Installing floor timbers in a wooden boat ties everything toge...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Cutting & Fitting Big Oak: Handling big oak timbers is an art unto itself. Peter Buxton passes along valuable tips while he's installing floor timb...
Installing Floor Timbers in a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening with Drift Pins & Screws: Fastening the newly shaped piece of oak with drift pins to the keel, frames and planks is the final step of installing f...
How to Paint a Boat, Part 2 – Prepping a Surface For Paint: As the man (or the woman in this case) always says, good preparation lays down the foundation for a good paint job.  Th...
How to Paint a Boat, Part 3 – Primers & Thinning: Understanding how to use primer, and thin it properly, sets the stage for a finish coat you can be proud of....
How to Paint a Boat, Part 4 – Brushwork: Rolling & Tipping and Cleaning: Finishing the job: Techniques for laying on the final coat with a few tips for cleaning up afterward....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 9 – Belt & Electrical System: When it comes to the electrical system - it's not always clear what is really causing your problem....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 8 – Changing the Oil: Changing the oil in your engine is simple and essential to its long term health. Do it yourself and there's no appointme...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 42 – Final Thoughts: Launch day has arrived, and it's time to take our Caledonia Yawl sailing! And with a few parting words from Geoff; we're...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 7 – How to Bleed the Fuel Injection System: Diesel engines won't run if air gets into their fuel systems.  Knowing how to bleed air out is therefore an essential s...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 6 – the Fuel Injection System: Clean fuel is THE essential ingredient when it comes to a smooth running diesel engine.  Understanding the path that th...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #4 – Calibrating Your Eye for Luff Sag: Seeing the correct shape will help you get the most out of your sail....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #3, Of Rollers, Coils, & Curves: Coiling rope (or even your garden hose!) and other tips....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 41 – Rigging: Woodworking tools can be put away as Geoff assembles the Caledonia Yawl and completes her rigging with her new suit of s...
Wood Carving, Part 2 – Carving Letters: Whether it's on the stern or a quarterboard- nothing beats seeing a boat's name carved in wood....
Wood Carving, Part 1 – Traditional Scallop Shell: Sculptor, teacher, sign-maker and boat-builder all rolled into one, gives us the wood carving how-to on carving a handso...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 40 – Installing the Hardware: Cleats, oarlocks and a few more final bits of hardware as we draw close to finishing up our Caledonia Yawl....
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #2 – Tail Bury Lengths for Splicing Braided Rope: Synthetic ropes are strong but slippery. Here's how to be sure you have enough tail bury length when splicing braided ro...
Cool Sail Rigging Tips #1 – Turnbuckles & Pins: Rigging tips from the pro on how best to handle turnbuckles and those terrible cotter pins....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 5 – Coolant Trouble-Shooting & Maintenance: A little maintenance can save a lotta headache -sure-as-shootin'!...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 4 – Coolant System Overview: Let's take a look at how the engine coolant system keeps things from overheating under pressure....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 39 – Fitting Out the Interior: Putting all these parts together that we've spent so much time making? What could be more satisfying?...
How to Make a Herreshoff Tiller, with Alec Brainerd: The tiller is the conduit for a sailor's intentions and a boat's response; delicacy is an asset....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 38 – Installing the Rub Strips: Whether you call them bang-strips, rub-strips, or brass half-oval, they are a must for protecting the keel while getting...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 37 – Mast Steps & Partners: There's a lot of pressure exerted on masts so well set steps and partners are vital to keep everything in place....
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 3 – Changing the Impeller: The rubber impeller in the raw water pump pushes water through the cooling system.  Learn how to inspect this critical...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 2 – Trouble-Shooting the Raw Water System: Your engine is running too hot; here's how to think through the stages of the raw water system and then solve your probl...
Marine Diesel Engines, Part 1 – Overview of the Raw Water System: Understanding the raw water cooling system of your boat's diesel engine will help you keep her running cool. Keeping you...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 36 – Finishing the Mainmast: Some planing, sanding and a little carving to bring our birdsmouth spar to completion and ready for paint or varnish....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 35 – Assembling the Birdsmouth Mast: Working those long twisting staves into position made simple. Here's how the birdsmouth mast comes together....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 34 – Milling the Wood For a Birdsmouth Mast: Our hollow mainmast will call for some pieces which need to be carefully shaped. The result is a birdsmouth mast weighin...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 2 – NGH’s Workshop with Halsey Herreshoff: Halsey Herreshoff shows us  the tools and workshop where The Herreshoff legend was made. THE MUSEUM: Herreshoff Marine...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 33 – Solid Spar Making with the Mizzen Mast: Building a solid round spar calls for specific tapering and shaping techniques and a lot of fractions....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 32 – Finishing the Rudder: When building a double-ender there will be some discussion of pintles & gudgeons as well as the Norwegian tiller- th...
Applying a Boat Name That Sticks – How to Use Vinyl Lettering: All boats should have a name, and vinyl boat name lettering is one of the most common and affordable methods for sharing...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 31 – Shaping the Rudder & Centerboard: Shaping and feathering the trailing edges of both rudder and centerboard into aqua dynamic shapes is the subject here....
Stepping a Mast with a Gin Pole: A do-it-yourself method for stepping a mast with a gin pole that makes the job simple and elegant... and saves you money...
Herreshoff Marine Museum, Part 1 – The Model Room with Halsey Herreshoff: When we launched OffCenterHarbor.com, we hoped to give our members access to special boats and places that is not availa...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 30 – Reinforcing & Ballasting the Centerboard: Heft and durability - just what our centerboard needs....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 29 – Laminating the Centerboard & Rudder: Laminating the centerboard and rudder and similar processes. Follow along with Geoff Kerr and he takes us through Iain O...
A Different Kind of Lobster Yacht with Tom Townsend: Tom Townsend takes practical work boats and brings them back to life with no-fuss painted finishes for an ease of care l...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 28 – Cleanup, Filleting & Priming: Cleaning up the inside of the hull is a must in preparation for painting....
Plane Talk & Spokeshaves – Boat Building Hand Tools: Boat building hand tools expert, OCH Guide and well known traditional tool expert, Harry Bryan, takes us through his col...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 27 – The Floorboards: Being systematic is key as the floorboards are cut and shaped before painting....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 26 – Some Odds & Ends: Crucial finishing details are illustrated so you can get things right as the project winds up....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 25 – Shaping & Drilling the Seats & Partners: Dressing the side benches and thwarts maintains their strength while removing the appearance of bulkiness....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 24 – Partners, Thwarts & Side Benches: As our Caledonia Yawl takes final shape, Geoff furnishes the interior space with thwarts and seats....
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 4 – Ropework, Rings & Grommets: The guys at Nat Wilson's finish up with the handwork of roping, rings and grommets on the new suit of sails for our Cale...
Cool Shop Tip #3 – Chipper Guide for Plane Sharpening: Who knew the cap iron on your hand plane could be used as a guide when sharpening the blade? A handy little plane sharpe...
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 3 – Patches, Turns, & Tapes: Stitching seams and finishing the edges are integral parts of sailmaking and gives a sail its shape....
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 2 – Laying Out the Panels: Laying out panels in dacron sails and cutting for shape must be done smoothly as well as economically....
Spring Painting, Beauty is the Reward – Prepping & Painting a Wooden Boat’s Topsides: Spring painting is a well-worth chore. Achieving a smooth and glossy paint job on ancient topsides calls for an assured...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 23 – Cleats for the Thwarts: Locating the exact position of cleats supporting the thwarts, and then establishing the proper bevel so the cleats lay s...
Sailmaking at Nat Wilson’s Loft, Part 1 – Laying Out the Shapes: Sailmaker Nat Wilson has graciously opened the doors of his legendary loft to OCH, and we're taking you inside for a new...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 22 – Stemheads & Breasthooks: Stems and breasthooks are signature components that jump out visually in the finished boat.  Learn the specific techniq...
Sailmaker’s Bench at Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmaker: A tour of an antique sailmaker's bench with the tools-of-the trade explained, sets the stage for our video series on tra...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 21 – The Centerboard Trunk: Over a period of four days Geoff builds and installs the centerboard trunk....
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 3 – Fastening a Cedar Plank: The fat lady sings (well, not really) when Peter screws the plank into place.  It's snug, it's lovely, and it's sure to...
How to Build A Caledonia Yawl, Part 20 – The Rails: Geoff brings a bit of salty boat quality to the hull as he installs the rails....
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 2 – Making & Fitting A Pair of Cedar Planks: After spiling the plank to achieve a rough shape, Peter planes it down to fit precisely before fastening....
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 19 – Turning the Hull Over: Flipping the hull over, a job that's scarier than hard, gives us our first chance to see just how big a Caledonia Yawl r...
Carvel Planking a Wooden Boat, Part 1 – Spiling: "Spiling" is the technique boat builders use to determine the shape of a plank. In the abstract, it is a difficult proce...
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 26 – Final Rigging For Launch: The Fox finale features final touches before she hits the water for the first paddle.   Great job, Bill, and thanks fr...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 18 – Scoring a Waterline with a Laser Level: Striking and the scoring an accurate waterline is an easy job with a laser level and a good set of plans.  Join Maynard...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 17 – Installing the Outer Stems & Keel: In a double-ended boat, the outer stems define her final shape.  See how forethought throughout the project makes this...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 16 – Prepping for Outer Stems & Keel: Fairing the hull with a power plane to achieve a snug fit for the keel and the stem....
Sanding Station: Tired of the sawdust from sanding? See the sanding station system Bill Thomas put together to more than solve that prob...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 15 – Planking: Geoff Kerr's masterpiece; where artistry and structural imperatives intersect.  Planking, after all, is ultimately what...
Selecting Wood for Boat Building – A Few Basics: Here's the introductory course on wood for boat building with Ted Pike.  Plan your needs, get your wood early, for the...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 14 – The Garboard Planks: Snug fitting garboard planks are key when it comes to keeping water out of a boat....
Building a Stitch and Glue Boat, Part 25 – Painting The Hull: In this edition of the fox series, we get much more from Bill than a simple video of rolling on some paint. Bill, per us...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 13 – Mounting the Floor Timbers: Mounting the floor timbers completes the boat's backbone and must be done correctly to assure a smooth landing for the p...
How to Build a Caledonia Yawl, Part 12 – Fairing the Keelson: Fairing the keelson with a power plane calls for precision.  Get it right and the garboard planks kiss the keelson all...
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