Offcut Cut Off

January 22, 2018 I have been working pretty steadily on the Offcut dinghy, but preparing Tardis for the trip to Vero Beach and a week of meetings getting the Town of Madison off to a great New Year meant I had to stop after finishing the interior.  Glassing the hull and paint is all that remains. 

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Proof of Concept

January 4, 2018 It seems strange to be writing this sitting in a horrible New England blizzard, but in about three weeks Tardis will begin to fulfill her destiny and will be hauled south down I95 to eventually arrive at Suntex Grand Harbor Marina, Vero Beach, FL. The schedule from there is a little sketchy

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Sewing Up Plywood

December 13, 2017 Offcut uses “stitch and glue” construction, so with all the parts made, stitching was the next step. When Sam Devlin invented this method, the usual technique was to lay out all the pieces on the floor, stitch them together with wire ties and gradually see a boat emerge as the panels got tighter

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Offcut

November 26, 2017 After years of admiring his designs, buying plans and getting to know him through the WoodenBoat School, I am at long last building a Sam Devlin design. I need a dinghy for Tardis, and given the size of the mother-boat, the daughter-boat has to be versatile, light and simple.  That’s a perfect

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Alabama-Auburn

November 25, 2017 My undergraduate degree is from Stamford which, from time-to-time, is a college football power. I admit that I have no current knowledge as to the Cardinal’s record or prospects.  But tonight when John and I were cleaning up the kitchen and Molly hollered, “Alabama and Auburn are still playing,” everything stopped so

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Tardis Immortalized

November 19, 2017 Sneaking around behind my back in a beautiful gesture, Molly bid on (and won) a 9X12 pencil portrait of Tardis at a Connecticut River Museum silent auction.  (The package also included 50 4X5 note cards on beautiful paper). Killingworth artist Scott Baldwin did a wonderful job turning a picture taken by John into

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She Is Done!

October 29, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  4,000 I’m stopping the hours-o-meter at an even 4,000, since with the completion of the dinette, the Tardis has everything she needs to take off on a long cruise.  There will always be maintenance and improvements, but for some reason I had to take a look at

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Tardis Under Way

October 24, 2017 Finally got some pictures of Tardis on the water.  These were taken by John at the mouth of the East River in Guilford, CT and in front of the Connecticut River Museum.  Been doing a little local cruising, but still working some on finishing touches, prior to our BIG WINTER CRUISE.  More on

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The 18-Wire Solution

September 24, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,945 Finished two big electrical projects last week that pretty much wrapped up the systems end of the Tardis project. The first one was boat electrics 101 simple:  connect the battery charger to the bow thruster battery.  The thruster will probably get a solar panel when its

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Great Boat, Great Cruise

September 13, 2017  Hours spent building to date:  3,930 We planned to head east last Tuesday, but an ugly cold front was lurking to our west, so we went Thursday instead and were glad we did during the rain and thunder on Wednesday.  Thursday was sunny and dry, so we decided to make the run

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