Three canoes: plans and instructions for under £8

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The Canoe Shop

From the notes on the back cover:

The Canoe Shop arms you with complete plans and step-by-step instructions for building three graceful and rugged touring canoes, including a 12-foot double-paddle canoe, a 14-foot solo, and a 16-foot tandem. You needn’t be an experienced boatbuilder to get the most out of this book. All that’s required are a few common tools and the most basic woodworking skills. The secret is Chris Kulczycki’s original LapStitch approach, which combines traditional lapstrake boatbuilding with the simplicity and ease of modern stitch-and-glue construction. With the help of 170 photos and illustrations, Chris walks you through the entire process for all three designs from reading the plans to painting or varnishing your new canoe.

And all for under £8, plus postage.

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Who can save Iwunda?

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A friend of a friend recently sent us these photos in the hope that they might just attract the attention of someone with the energy, vision and means to bring this famous old yacht back to spanking sailing health.

Iwunda was built in 1929 and is 34ft on deck and 40ft overall. Built for the East Coast and the Thames Estuary, she has a lifting keel, giving her a maximum draft of 6ft and a minimum draft of just 2ft. She’s the kind of boat that will attract attention anywhere, but she’s also well known as the yacht owned by Jack Cootes who wrote the book East Coast Rivers.

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Some snaps from La Roche Bernard

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I’m shattered after a long weekend playing music at a festival in Brittany. It’s been great fun, but I haven’t the energy to write too much tonight. Still, here are some photos that might particularly interest those of you who would have enjoyed a stroll around a harbour but didn’t manage to fit one in this weekend.

Why did I include the last image? Only because it made me smile! In common with many Breton towns, La Roche Bernard has a stronger sense of its history as a seaport than any town I know in the UK – even the beer bottles bear an illustration of one of the area’s distinctive heavy two-masted luggers. I wonder whether any breweries put traditional boats on their bottles in the UK? Answers on a postcard please…

By the way, if you have any information on any of the boats shown here, do please send it in so we can share it with other interested readers. Thanks!

Gavin Atkin's weblog for the sort of people who like looking inside boat sheds: old boats, traditional boats, boat building, restoration, the sea and the North Kent Coast