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Coleman K1 Inflatable Kayak

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With our annual 2 weeks at delightful Nelson bay coming up and no boat small enough to take I decided to get a small inflatable. What I ended up with is a Coleman 1-person kayak. Anyone that knows kayaks and the Coleman will realise that it is a a kayak in name only, and really an inflatable mattress with style, but it seems well made and is fun to use, as long as you don't expect too much. For a cheap 1-person kayak the choices here in Australia were the Coleman, the Sevylor Bali and No-Name stuff off E-Bay. I wanted a known brand for at least some peace of mind and a sit-on-top for easy re-boarding - the Bali is narrower and higher & I doubt you could re-board it while afloat. (The sleek Sevylor SVX100 kayak would probably be a lot better, but at about $1000 much more than I wanted to spend for now.) MORE...

Duckchaser - brilliant reworking of an old folding kayak design.

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Don from Melbourne sent me this email:- 'you might like to take a look at the design I've been playing with lately. Google duckchaser to find the plans & instructions. MORE...

Illustrations for Four Months in a Sneakbox by Nathaniel Bishop

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It is hard to get a reprint of this classic boating and adventure book (from the 19th century) that includes the original illustrations and maps. These images were downloaded from http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/nhb/SB.HTM MORE...

Illustrations for The Voyage of the Paper Canoe, by Nathaniel Bishop

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It is hard to get a reprint of this classic boating and adventure book (from the 19th century) that includes the original illustrations and maps. These images were downloaded from http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/nhb/paperc/intro.html and are provided here for anyone who wants to print a set as an addendum to the printed book (mine is from http://www.narrativepress.com). MORE...

Sixpence, my second boat

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Tardus was a bit too heavy and cumbersome to car-top single-handed, so I thought I'd try a one-sheet skiff, light enough to take on holidays. I settled on David Beede's "Mini-Sharpie", free plans from the Internet http://simplicityboats.com MORE...

The Autocanoe - an amphibious recumbent trike

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This is one of the most wonderful machines I have seen! If I lived near to the water I think I would have to build one, for the pleasure of just going for a ride and taking to the water whenever the mood took me. I asked the designer, John Montgomery, for the picture above, and here is his website http://www.autocanoe.com/ - You can buy the plans for a very reasonable price there. MORE...

The good ship Tardus

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I guess like many I have toyed with the idea of building a boat for years, and finally decided to do something. I first came across Phil Bolger's name in the book "Cruising on a Small Income". The author, Ann Hill, and her husband built a Tortoise as a tender for their 34 foot junk-rigged Badger dory. Lots of Internet hours later I knew a bit about Bolger's fascinating designs and got familiar with Dynamite Payson's web-site. MORE...

US Civil War Mortar Boat

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Mortars are short distance high trajectory cannon designed for shooting over the walls of fortifications. In the US Civil War armoured barges like the model below were used to get the mortars within range. The paper model pictured below was built from a free downloadable plan from http://www.papershipwright.co.uk/index.html/ MORE...


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