The book that has filled my life for the last 18 months is finally published. Naturally, I think about this event in much the same was as I would regard having to gybe in a strong wind – but there’s no going back now. Having done the best I can to make sure everything’s as tight and ship-shape as can be, I’ll just have to grit my teeth, pray the book gets a favourable reception, duck my head and concentrate on following the best course out of the gybe.
Readers might be interested the blurb published by Amazon, and presumably provided by International Marine. I hope the book and I live up to it!
Ultrasimple Boat Building (Paperback) by Gavin Atkin
The first complete how-to guide for building the latest generation of quick and easy boats
In Ultrasimple Boatbuilding, renowned designer Gavin Atkin shows you how to create elegant, seaworthy plywood boats with a minimum of time, experience, and expense. Using clearly written and illustrated step-by-step instructions, Atkin explains the basics of stitch-and-glue construction, tools, materials, shop safety, and more, as he helps you choose and build the simple boat of your dreams.
Gavin Atkin is known around the world for his minimalist boat designs. His award-winning creations, including the celebrated Mouse, have been built by countless boat enthusiasts.
Buy it here: Ultrasimple Boat Building: 17 Plywood Boats Anyone Can Build
A shipyard image from The Ships that Saved the Empire. I particularly like the figures high up on the deck. I suppose they would have seemed to be performing some kind of wild dance in real life also. Click on the pictures for larger, clearer images
I couldn’t resist including this image of a sweet little tank engine!
Ships that Saved the Empire is a children’s book, and I’d suggest a classic piece of contemporary propaganda. If you would like to know more about this history of the era, this may help rather more:
The First World War, Second Edition: A Complete History
This should tell an interesting story too:
Warships of the World to 1900
Follow this link for more Ships that Saved the Empire!
The maiden outing for Dan Noble’s Expedition Mouse seems to have been a little more exciting than anyone intended, but even with two grown men aboard she seems to have coped pretty well. Sailing nearby the Statue of Liberty seems rather exotic from my perspective in Kent, England
I’ve said it before, but boat designers love a builder who follows the plans, builds the boat well and makes good use of it. But even those of us who are lucky in our builders have at least a little nervousness before a launch, for there’s always the danger that something about the boat might not work quite as expected.
Well, Dan Noble’s done a nice job of building the Expedition Mouse, and I seem to have got away with it – as once again one of my little boats has proved to work the way it should. Thanks Dan!
The Expedition Mouse is a stretched 14ft variant of my Mouseboat series of easy and cheap to build designs, but instead of being intended for the pond or river at the end of the road, this one is intended for real trips, perhaps involving camping. Many people would say that she’s an unusual looking craft with a surprisingly large sail are, but there is method in my madness. Her scow shape and hard chine makes her stable enough to stand up to quite a lot of sail, but her entry and exit are sufficiently easy that she’s easy to paddle much like a conventional cruising kayak. Her builder has reported that she while she sails well, she paddles ‘like a dream’.
The plans for the Expedition Mouse are available for free and can be downloaded at the Yahoogroup Mouseboats.