Having read some of the letters and stuff in build reports about
casting lead and an even more bizarre method of adding weight
by boring and encapsulating steel washers I would offer another
In the UK sheet lead is still easily availablein various gauges,
it is normally used for roofing purposes. It is easily cut to
shape, even quite complex ones - so why not use multiple sheets
laminated together and then epoxy encapsulated to get the same
result as a casting. A bit less macho but a much more elegant
I am cosidering building a Micro and this is the approach I would
plan on using, Hope this prompts some dsicussion!
Regards Dave C
|I'm looking for John L. Pruitt, the designer of the
No Frills 15. He lived in Stockbridge GA in 1997.
ps -- Great magazine, keep up the good work :-)
I was reading your latest e-tome and decided to share my thoughts
about weighty matters, vis-a-vis rudders and daggerboards. As
related in Jim Michalak's fine book
and T. Marsh's recent article,
pouring lead is a bit of a bother. I was pondering this one day,
while watching one of my favorite movies ("Heist" by
David Mamet). In the movie, a switch is made. Plastic cases that
are supposed to be full of gold are actually found to be full
of large fender washers. As they say - the light bulb suddenly
And so I tried it. I took a daggerboard blank of 3/4 inch birch
ply and bored it with a Forstner bit to within 1/16 of the other
side, 1 1/2 inch diameter, for the biggest steel fenderwashers
I could find. I gave each washer a quick scour with a pot srubbing
pad. Then I drilled some very small holes in the side walls of
the drilled crater. Then I mixed up some epoxy. Poured some in
the bottom and inserted a washer, then pored some more epoxy then
another washer, etc, etc. Although steel is not as dense as lead,
I think this is a viable alternative.
Hope you guys have better weather than we do. Currently experiencing
white-out conditions. Building a new Kate,
this time from modified plans with a wider beam and deeper draft
enabling a raised seat for Renee. Using 1/8" ply and it's coming
in super light. Any way I ran out of epoxy and when I couldn't get
Raka (moving) I ordered from Noah's and got West System stuff along
with some 3.4oz glass. I just used the stuff and was amazed at the
difference in epoxies. This stuff does not seem to sag. I was always
under the impression all epoxy was the same. If I were technically
inclined I'd investigate further. Has someone done such a study
and if not why don't you try to get someone to investigate.
I read your article
in Duckworks and I enjoyed the tips on stitch and tape construction.
I built a mini-kayak some time back using this method (also called
'stitch and glue' by some), and although the little craft has given
excellent service, the appearance of its seams dismayed me. I look
forward to building my next project using your tips.
One thing I did do on that kayak might be worth mentioning. There
was no copper wire to be found here, other than house wire stuff
which was very expensive and too heavy. Instead, I used a roll of
"mechanic's wire," a mild steel wire that bends easily
and can be purchased at any auto parts store. I wrapped the wire
in a spiral around a dowel of sufficient size, slid the coil off
the dowel, and cut "rings" from the spiral. As I was wrapping
the wire around the dowel, I coated it with automobile wax. When
the seams were fully cured, I cut each wire tie twisted slightly
and the wires pulled out. A little unthickened epoxy filled the
holes nicely, using duct tape on one end of the hole to keep the
epoxy from running out.
At the time, I didn't think of using plastic ties, and these would
have no doubt been easier since they don't need to be removed. The
mechanic's wire, however, is much less expensive and the remainder
of a roll of wire has hundreds of other uses as well.
I am French, living near lakes and white waters rivers. I bought,
several (!) weeks ago, by Amazon.com, the Thomas Hill "Ultralignht
Boatbuilding" book. I received it yesterday.
But, two days before, absolutely by chance, I discovered your magazine,
and the Lapstrake canoe built by Chuck Leinweber. Without its images
and explanation, I would probably never understood the book and
the way to build
canoe by this method.
ThenS a big thanks from France
|I have a subscription and it's become a way of life
for me, essential daily reading. I think it's great how you manage
to keep the site fresh and interesting.
Great work. - Neil
|I subscribe to Wooden Boat, Messing About In Boats
and Cruising World, but yours is by far my favorite boating magazine.
The content and variety is wonderful. I hope you have a long run.
You have managed to make your site a must see , it contains the
best selection of content on the net , you've made your self indispensable,
also the fact that you have made it possible to buy plans off the
site using credit card are going to make it very handy for people
like me who live over seas. Having to pay through the nose for US
dollars is a pain in the arse and then having to send cash through
the mail can tend to be a risky business as well.
|Chuck, during the last few weeks has been a great
interest in a small type camper/cruiser. Most of the interest has
centered on the Bolger Brick and brick type designs. Why not have
a design contest on modifications to the standard brick to make
it into a camping cruiser? I bet you would get a lot of interest.
There are a lot of Bricks built/being built.
Thanks for your consideration,
|Chuck --that skin on frame kayak looks like crack
cocain for boat builders !! Guessing that your construction techniqe
is so fast and cheap, that anyone (even as fickle as me) could build
and complete a boat before they lost interest in the project !!
...Small Boat Journal was a sad demise for me,
and between Duckworks and MAIB, and Michalak's articles, I feel
like I have my fix, and a slight small boating buzz on.
With the over development in Florida, small boats are almost subversive,
if you can find a place to put in to get to the areas the developers
cannot abuse, in a state where the Colliers of Collier country
can get 120 million for NOT DRILLING FOR OIL in the Everglades,
you are nearly seen as a terrorist, because you are blocking the
view without owning the dock. Perhaps one day sea front property
owners can have three mile limits off the dock. Dock guns, mortars,
at the very least catapults tossing Tyson chickens.
Perhaps mortality and living in the moment means you have to own
the view free of other viewers. I have had people shout at me
when paddling a canal, "What are you doing here?" It
made me feel like a toad in a tea cup. It makes me feel more subversive
than I should for my health.
A small boat motors silently toward that row of three million
dollar houses, where builders hired a lawyer to make sure they
could remove the mangroves and pay the fines until they got what
they wanted in a yard.
Its a twenty foot old style casket, with a Michalak walk through
hatch opening, made beautifully out of Okume ply, the strains
of a New Orleans funeral march play from a CD deck, a small boater
in a tall black hat appears in the opening, and conducts a funeral
for the edge of the sea.
|...I have seen duckworks named in many other sites
also-you guys are well thought of by many people besides myself.
Keep up the good work -
Collector of Plans, dreamer of completetions, and true web footed
I’m a new subscriber and I think your mag is great! Thanks
for providing a spot for the great content on your site....
|What I'm writing for is to give you an ATTA BOY for
the magazine. I check by every day. It's such a treat. And such
wonderful people we meet here!
My subscription to your site is the best investment I ever made
in hours of pleasure per dollar invested....
Thanks for your great site!
Yeah Sandra! Go girl!
|Your magazine is great and is generally one of the
highlights of my day. There are so many topics that you cover, and
so many interesting people that you are attracting. Good Job! Greetings
There is a good article about SkiffAmericas at Cedar Key Florida
in Small Craft Advisor, Sept/Oct 2003 issue no. 23.
|This is the first and only online magazine that I
have subscribed to. What a great job you folks do. Many Thanks,
I just posted a link to the Duckworks site on my page. I found the
piece about using polyester film over epoxy/glass such a good idea
that I thought some of the other Mark V-39 future builders should
know about it. I put a note in my updates to subscribe to your page
to read the article. Hope you get a few subscribers out of the deal.
I just wish I knew where the author got his polyester film??
If there are any problems with having the link on my page, let me
know and I'll take it down but otherwise I'll leave it up.
|...You have a great magazine Chuck, it's layout beats
anything else I've seen for a boating webzine. Not a bad effort
for a one man show. I hope it works out for you in the long run.Cool.
|I really like what you've done with the site. I especially
like how you've fleshed out the store... There are several things
there that I'll be ordering for my next project
|Hey Chuck and Sandra,
Ole Matt finally posted bail and showed up to work on the canoe
again. After sanding the inside for only six or eight hours (the
bare minimum) Matt finally whined enough that I said he could stop
and fill the half a dozen or so minor gaps in the seams. They are
minor, don't show up on the outside, and look like slight variances
in routing the coves. In any case, not something to worry about.
Anyway, I put a freezer bag in a mixing bucket and was fixing to
mix a batch of filler (wood flour and resin) in another bucket when
the phone rang.
While I was out, Matt, (emboldened no doubt because he finally got
to stand in front of the fan) decided to go a head and mix the batch
himself. I mean he had seen it done once before and it is a simple
process.... I came back as he was mixing the filler - in the bag!
I don't know why, but I have always mixed in a bucket and then scraped
the filler into a freezer bag held in another bucket. The filler
always sticks real good to the mixing bucket making its life much
shorter than the resin bucket. Turns out the filler mixes just fine
right in the bag - you just kind of squeeze it back and forth and
mush it around to get a good mix - no waste - no clean up! As a
reward for such a great discovery I let Matt work in front of the
fan (OK I only half stood in front of the fan while supervising)
- it was only 99 degrees in the shop, not yet considered hot in
I'm not ready to send more update photos - not a whole lot different
to see. But working is continuing on the paddles, inwales, deck,
and cane seats. The ash thwarts are done. In the meantime I've been
renovating an old Lakeland fishing boat - not a homebuilt, but restoring
an old glass or aluminum boat is also a nice way to spend an evening.
Thank you for creating Duckworks - kind of a BYOB* virtual messabout
that never gets rained out.
*bring your own beer, broil your own burgers, build your own boat.
Hear ya'll are going to the Canadian Messabout in Sept. We be
go'n too! Get'n all ready but can't decide on which boats to bring.
I'll bring 2...one will be the Yakette ...haven't decided which
of the others to bring like the original Yakoo...da yeller and
white one, the Stealth ....that's pretty beat up cause I use it
a lot, or the new skinboat. Wife wanted me to take the Featherwind!...the
Bay-B-"K". No can do! It's bigger than the Tracker and
the Teardrop put together!
Finally got the damn rack welded up and mounted. Thing was a pain
in the butt! ..not making but mounting and getting half way level.
She'll easily carry two of these lightweighters. Had a friend
helping and of course he had to put in his 2 cents worth of advise
for mounting and made all these damn templates ....he's an engineer!
.....gasp and eeeegadddddds! You know how "they" can
be! He starts his preaching shit about measurements to the nearest
.0000001...zillionth of an inch! Hell ....if it's within a quarter
that's good enough and I don't measure that much anyway and good
ole PL Premium can do the rest! Can't see dat good anymore. If
it's close and works fine! If it don't then make it fit! Then
he starts on this binge about finishing and must have visions
of granger or something in that neighborhood that I'm building
an exquisit and extremely rare work of art that should have the
finish of a Baldwin Baby Grand that you can look at and shave
or mash bumps if need be! I told him that you could see yourself
in my finish if I used high gloss paint and you peer beyond the
ripples, gouges and unsanded areas, screw holes, etc.! Then He
says, "But they work so well!" So I said, "While
you spend another year to two painting your Piraqua....that I
built for you 2 years ago that's still hanging in your garage...I
will be having a blast and catching a lot of fish,....AND will
probably have at least 3 dozen more boats of somekind in the water------______head!"
He used to work for the government.....but you probably figured
that out already! The result was--- I had to redo everything after
he went home----got done about 10 that night!.....now I got a
bunch of goddamn holes to fill up in the Tear drop sides! Guess
I got some dowel rods around somewhere! He meant well anyway!
Bad as I hate it, I will have to do a little sanding and painting
to keep the wife from yelling! AND....He'll probably borrow one
of my boats for the next decade before he gets his painted or
whatever he's going to do to it!
|Thank you for continuing to offer this fine online magazine. It's
well worth the subscription price. Keep up the good work...
Just a note to say thanks for your Bowron
Lakes article. My wife Maureen and I "did" the circuit
26 years ago and your article stirred up all kinds of memories.
Our canoe was a roomy fibreglass job weighing over 80 pounds,
that I carried for every step of those portages -- is that first
one still a mile and a half or have they shortened it? I always
thought they must have planned it that way to help cut out any
We did see a black bear, at the end of the portage around the
rapids, down at the southeast corner of the circuit -- I forget
the name of the lake there. I'd just put the big pack down, and
he ambled out of the bushes about 10 feet away, and headed away
from me, back up the trail. I followed along, hoping I could alert
Maureen, who was coming towards us, carrying the camera. I didn't
want to shout too loudly in case I scared him away, so neither
Maureen nor the bear had any warning of the other before they
met on a fairly open stretch of the trail, about 25 feet apart.
Unfortunately, Maureen wasn't interested in photography right
then. She suggested (loudly) that Mr. Bear should Go Away!, and
on the second repetition he did just that. It was her first encounter
with a bear, so I couldn't blame her for not getting a picture
-- in fact she handled the whole thing very well!
Yes, we had a great time. We would have overstayed our food supplies
if it wasn't for a cooperative cutthroat trout and a patch of
wild strawberries -- as it was we were getting pretty hungry,
but didn't want to finish before we
absolutely had to.
Thanks again for the story, and thanks, Chuck, for the site.
|awsome site.....just wonderin , with all you have free on here
what could you possibly ofer with a subscription. I read the FAQ
but it wasent very specific . could you tell me what " extras
" you offer your subscribers ?
This is the best 20.00 that I have ever spent. Thank You;
May I take this opportunity to tell you and Chuck how much I
appreciate all you are doing. This site is important to me. I
check it almost every day.
BG, TC, GB.
So you know, I still like the old format better. Too much searching
around for stuff. A ton of stuff on there though. Good job.
|too bad you guys have gone off the deep end with the commercialization...it
WAS a great site...
St Augustine Florida
The building of a boat its the only frontier activity people
can still do, that puts them 'over' a dark water that still has
things in it that can eat you.
Lived on the water for a while, fished to eat, that time stayed
with me. I grew up on a Ranch in Florida, the 'tree line' was
like an ocean, beyond it at night it had a life you had to respect
and fear a little when the snakes were out.
I like your magazine, it reminds me of Small Boat Journal. I am
an artist and poet who makes a boat to feel my hands, not a professional,
just like the rush of the first rides.
|your new site is driving me mad. I normally read the projects
once a month or so and really enjoy it and now you have gone all
subscribe, commercial argh.....and worst of all the free stuff is
not obvious compared with the subscriber stuff. change it please
|Gee, Chuck, when you send out an order you really send it out.
I ordered Michalak's new book yesterday and have already received
Thanks for the advice and great site.
I am ordering a copy of Barend Migchelsen, Boat Building With
A Difference Dutch
Punters [A description of the Dutch Punters and how to build
a copy of this ages-old sturdy design for leisure purposes] $11.90
I've ordered the plans so I can scale them down to build a model
since its so pretty and then, eventually, if I can find the courage,
the money, the time, the place, the drive, the storage space,
the tools, the foolhardiness, the smallest shred of a reason,
and a lot of coffee, maybe a full-scale one to sail the Chesapeake.
I like the Duckworks' new format. Lots more new stuff more often.
I check the site at least once a day, and there's often something
new to drool over. That Hot Chili catamaran looks like a load
of fun. If I weren't building a Tideway 14, I'd probably try it,
even though I'm a monohull sailor.
Keep up the good work.
|Maybe you should publicize your guest map more. I stumbled on
it in looking for how to get in touch with you, and I hooked up
with a guy that's not too far away, who is building a Bolger Wyoming.
I've tried unsuccessfully on the bulletin board at the local West
Marine, sail clubs to find other plywood murdering epoxy breathers.
|I received my Duckworks Polo shirts yesterday... Very Nice...
The guys at work asked me why I was wearing a shirt that had a duck
in a soup bowl on the front... A great laugh was had by all.
Thanks for the great deal, I really do like the shirts. I guess
I'll have to order the hat next time...
|I've spent many enjoyable hours at your site,
and I thank you for all the hard work that you have put in over
the years. I regret that you cannot continue and must make the website
Thanks again and goodbye for good.
I am actually glad you are going to keep the content flowing like
it is. I just have a homepage style website and I haven't changed
it in forever because of the time involved in doing it. From that
experience, I know that you must spend a bunch of time with the
all the rotating content that you have. Build it and they will come!
I'm hooked, I'll find the $25 and I'm in, but try to realize that
some of us "cheap" plywood boat builders (as one person
called us), have a hard parting with bucks that could go to supplies.
Thanks for doing what you've done for all these years! I hope we
can all say this in 10 years from now when you raise the rate to
Hang tough ol' boy,
Rich in Florida
|I want to voice (or e-mail) my support for your
web changes. I come to your site almost every day and find it inspiring.
I will be willing to pay to keep you going and improving.....bring
|So, since we will be paying for it, are there
going to be any boobs? :)
I really like the concept that I have read so far. I bet it will
generate a lot more content, and provide you with a little income
so that you will be able to spend more time producing that content.
Figure I spend $25 a year for maib, and about same for small
craft advisor, would be more than willing to spend same on your
magazine which is easier to read, has better (more, bigger) pictures,
and more content that isn't available anywhere else.
Good job Chuck, way to be bold! Go Gettem !!!!!
I think that your need to fund this great newsletter, magazine,
whatever it is, is long overdue and I support it wholeheartedly.
Expansion can be a wonderful thing.
Sign me up as a subscriber, even if I do float any of the boats
in my "shop" and come through with another article.
|Hello Chuck, your new DUCKWORKS MAGAZINE seems
to be very well and I can accept the price for it. DM helped a lot
to overcome the long dark and cold Winter in Northern Germany. Thanks
a lot. When I`ve learned to use my new Scanner with XP on my new
Computer I hope to send some of my latest Projects.
Delighted to see you're moving into paid subscriptions, must really
open the horizons for you. Good work, and do let us know what the
tariff will be soon so we can subscribe. You're not too far off
the mark in comparing Duckworks to the late and very lamented SBJ
(although really you do need to get PCB on board to make the comparison
worthwhile, hint hint...). You could always recycle his apparently
bottomless inventory of design 'cartoons'.
|Never mind about my articles, they were years
ago, just let me know how and where to pay!
I enjoy your efforts and it's well worth the cost.
Thanks for a great e-magazine.
Jeff & Julie
I would like to subscribe to the New Duckworks site. Please tell
me how to go about sending you the required payment. This will
be money very well spent and I am looking forward to the "New"
site. I have built several "backyard" boats over the
years and wished for a Duckworks" many times over the years
to help get over those "expensive trouble spots" that
became my learning curve.
I am getting started now on two projects at the same time, a
13' lapstrake canoe from "Ducktrap Woodworking" (It
almost seems like I have a thing for ducks), and a Core Sound
17 from "B&B Yacht Designs". The canoe is being
built in the house and the CS17 is on the back porch. I plan on
getting a digital camera to document the construction of both
projects. I have started taking pictures with a disposable camera
so I will have to get them scanned to send in. I'll send in a
progress report as soon as I have enough done to justify a spot
on your site.
Thanks again for a great on line magazine,
A tough call I'm sure, but undoubtedly necessary. I've wondered
for a while at the effort it takes to create and maintain a website
like Duckworks. I certainly couldn't and didn't. Am most grateful
that you have and will support your effort as best I can.
a fellow boat nut
I have always wondered how you financed this mag. I agree that
paid access is a good approach especially if we get more good
stuff! Could you include more articles on cruising from various
authors like you've written in the past. I am starved for such
articles because that is what I like to do. I wouldn't mind paying
for access even though I contribute once in a while. I check the
your site everyday so keep up the good work and I anxiously look
forward to meeting you soon!
thanks to you and the judges for posing some interesting problems
in houseboat design. A big hat tip to all the entrants and particular
congrats to Paul and Skip. I hope somebody out there builds them