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A book about the history of the Sea Marks around the Isle of Thanet

This book about the lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys and hazards around Thanet looks unmissable! I suspect I won’t be able to wait for Christmas myself despite my distaste for Black Friday…

I hope Mr Moore next turns his attention to the North Kent coast.

My thanks to Ian Carter for spotting this one!


Knots book includes handy knot selector

Bob Holtzman knot book 2

Bob Holtzman’s new book on knots, The Field Guide to Knots, is out now and available from Amazon!

There are already a lot of knot books out there, so what makes this one different?

Bob Holtzman knot book 3

Bob tells me that it’s designed to help readers identify most functional knots they are likely to encounter – which is why he’s called it a ‘field guide’. It also explains how to untie each knot – which we all know can be an issue!

And, finally, it provides a quick way of selecting the most appropriate knot for a job (see above) – rather than forcing the reader to go through lengthy descriptions of dozens of knots to find one that seems right. I think that’s a strong selling point…

Here’s a typical knot tying page:

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Howard Chappelle 23ft 8in Tabloid cruising boat from the book Boat Building

These photos are of an example of the 23ft 8in Tabloid cruiser designed by Howard Irving Chappelle and included in his classic Boat Building: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction.

They were sent over by Ronald Glen, who with his brother Peter built the boat at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, in 2004 . He reports that the Sydney Museum has shown interest in her, as well as an American museum looking for Chappelle-designed boats for a planned centenary exhibition.

If you’ve read Chappelle’s book, you’ll know this design, which I would think owes something to New England lobster boats and Hampton boats of the past.

Thanks for the photos Ronald!

To see an earlier post of photographs sent by Randal Cooper of Goolwa Masts, Australia, of another boat built to these plans, click here.

Are any examples of these boats to be found in the USA? Or of the intriguing ketch Southwind?