Inspiring ideas from the 2015 Wooden Boat Festival

Last fall I finally attended my first Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend (WA).  It was a real treat to be there — in part because it was a chance to finally talk leisurely to some of the other mariners that participated in the 2015 Race to Alaska (aka R2AK), and in part because there were lots of inspiring ideas for small boat sailors, builders, and designers.

I particularly enjoyed meeting Dillon Majoros and pondering the genius ideas he put into his proa.  It was a pleasure to spend more time with Quill of Team Barefoot Wooden Boats, as well as the Boatyard Boys, Thomas, Matt, and more.

Below are a bunch of photos I took there with captions that explain where I found inspiration.

Sailing row-cruiser by Colin Angus

Skin-on-frame proa “Palindrome” by Dillon Majoros

Dillon just managed to get this beautiful, innovative, scrappy boat built for the 2015 R2AK.  He finished it en route to the starting line in a bus he’d converted to a rolling workshop and transport vehicle!  Unfortunately his crew bailed on him and he was forced to solo cruise Desolation Sound in the summer of 2015 instead of competing in the Race.  Happily, he reported that it performed great as a cruising boat — which I think bodes well for it’s future in a Race to Alaska…

The proa Palindrome on display as an R2AK build.
The proa Palindrome on display as an R2AK build.
Twin swing-up rudders allow the steering as the proa shunts. A central board (that can also kick up) provides additional lateral resistance.
Specs from Dillon: 400 pounds for a 30×12′ craft; 190 sq ft tyvek crab claw sail; $1,500 in materials!
Detail of the crab claw tack.
Mast step and control lines.

You can learn more about the boat via this post at Proafile.  I wish I’d gotten a photo of the open crab claw, in particular it’s ingenious running rigging of the brailing lines (which used at least 2:1 purchase, I think, to greatly reduce the amount of line at the cleat, thereby reducing the management of all that line…)

Yuloh on Matt Layden’s “Paradox”

The pivot point appeared to be a brass threaded rod epoxied in…
The end of the blade showing the blade cross-section, as well as the bend in the shaft.

Outrigger Junior from Chesapeake Lightcraft

Have admired this proa from the plans and test-sail blog post…

$2,500 for the kit…
Tack detail. Nice and simple.
2:1 purchase on the main halyard and doubled, solid-wood upper spar.

A novel pedal boat

This tiny canoe seemed to have it’s prop pretty far forward, but the drive was nifty, pretty simple, DIY, and without the rusty/greasy bike parts we used…
Timing belt drive detail.
Timing belt drive and pedal mast detail.
Hiyu has: a 10″ primary pulley and 2 idler pulleys; twisted belt; 2.5″ 2nd pulley; outboard gearbox; 1:9 drive ratio so 50 rpm at pedals yields 450 rpm at propeller.

Lots more inspiration and pure beauty


SUPs (shopping for Tim King)

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