Just a Bit Odd

Amazing Fly by Wire Boat

First off, this has NOTHING to do with homebuilding boats, at least not for the foreseeable future.  But this is well worth watching.  Lots of amazing engineering going on here.

Around the World in a Junk Rigged Boat

No engine.  No electronics.  No toilet. Junk rig. Here’s a quick report: The YouTube clip says, “Kris Larsen spent 104 days at sea in his junk-rigged sailbaot blown off course without an engine or any electronics. Mr. Larsen used celestial navigation forsaking GPS, EPIRBS, and even a toilet on his minimalist sailboat […]

21 Footer from Scrap Lumber

There’s the “right way” and then there is this way. Note that there is no follow up as to how the boat worked… or didn’t. Video says, “We set out to fulfill our dream of building a boat over 20 feet and with no plans and a handful of wood […]

They HOMEBUILT that boat? How? What…?

The Youtube video says, “Join Team Roam at the start of their journey as they quit work, leave home and start the sailing adventure of a lifetime. Sailing the World on Roam a HOME BUILT 48 foot Catamaran. Episode 1 sees Michael, his girlfriend Liss and brother Andy preparing for […]

Expanda-Pontoon Idea That Was

In 2016 someone in South Africa was trying to find investors for his take on a pontoon boat. These four videos give you a pretty good idea of its capabilities. To us, it seems as though there are some good ideas, but they clearly come at the expense of aesthetics […]

A River Captain Remembers This Boat…

From Northern Kentucky Tribune: Walter Hoffmeier’s houseboat, the PAL-O-MINE, appeared nothing like the mass-produced, molded fiberglass look-alikes of today. The PAL was hand-built from the keel-up, board by board, of natural woods. The hull had White Oak frames with Douglas Fir, the next most durable wood after Cypress, planking. Overall, […]