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Archive for November, 2010

Lapstrake Vessels – A History

November 18th, 2010 Comments Off on Lapstrake Vessels – A History

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen and thank you for joining us for this National Boating History Conference. I love old varnished mahogany speedboats, but I have also had many rewarding experiences with lastrake boats. In the year 735 the Vikings began making a name for themselves by trading and plundering along the northern coasts of Europe. Their light, seaworthy vessels made it possible for them to reach coasts as far away as Newfoundland, and establish a community there. In 1904,


My Pal Murphy

November 18th, 2010 Comments Off on My Pal Murphy

by Outboardman I first noticed it during the Second World War, but the law, “If something can go wrong it will”, began to be recognized in 1949 when Capt. Ed Murphy was working on an Air Force rocket sled, crash test project, where the strain gages were wired backwards. Weeks later at a press conference his superior officer stated that the success of the project was a result of their belief in Murphy’s Law, which brought the concept to the


My Skiff

November 18th, 2010 Comments Off on My Skiff

by Howard Percival Johnson Jr. One day my distant neighbor George called,” Hey Harrid (Howard), you like boats, you want a canoe? I gotta clean up my yard.” Sure George” I said, ” I’d love a canoe, I’ll come right over.” And I jumped in my van and went right down there. George and I dragged this thing out of the weeds, bugs and vines and all, and put it in the van. He said they had to clean up


New Products

November 18th, 2010 Comments Off on New Products

By Howard Percival Johnson Jr. Try the new Polyurethane glues, by Elmers and others. They have fabulous gap filling properties, dry overnight with gentle clamping and are extremely strong like epoxy but require no mixing. It is easily spread, wets the surface well and foams to fill any cracks. Wax the outside first to aid in removing dried glue, later. The down side is short shelf life so buy the small size and squeeze the air out and store inverted.


Classic Flying Boats

November 18th, 2010 Comments Off on Classic Flying Boats

In 1969 my great friend William H. Dyson III, found a job as captain aboard Charles J. Owens, of Owens Yacht Corporations, personal yacht, Oceanus, a 50′ Bill Tripp designed, carvel planked sloop. With Will’s wife Evelyn as first mate, the job was to maintain the vessel and keep it ready for Chuck and Marge to go out on short notice. Berthed at Owens’ recently acquired yard, Port Owens, on Stony Creek, Oceanus required constant upkeep and since I was

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