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Stuck on the Dock

June 14, 2022 At least the dock is in Maine. Tardis went in the water last week after a winter in storage at Derecktor Robinhood. Inside storage cost a small fortune, but it meant the boat came out in great shape. I was all provisioned and ready to take off for a short cruise, when

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Arnhem Addendum

March 7, 2022 The email version of the last post isn’t loading the pictures correctly, so here is the most important one: the Master Builder Sytse Douna.

North Carolina Masterpiece

March 6, 2022 On our way to Florida for a month out of the cold, Molly and I stopped off to check the progress on Arnhem, Sytse Douna’s superb Olga 28. And we got a wonderful lunch from Rosemary, Syste’s wife, and great electrical tips from his building partner and electrical systems designer Ton Schoenmakers.

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Olga 28 Mark II “Arnhem”

January 11, 2022 Work on Sytse’s Olga 28 “Arnhem” to convert to a transom mount for his 115 hp Mercury is proceeding well. He was able continued the “V” part of the hull all the way aft. Starting with a boat that’s already done, I think I may go with a flat piece between the

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Mark Was Way Ahead of Us

December 13, 2021 It turns out Mark had already been thinking about both transom or “pod” mount for an Olga “stretched” to 31 feet, but just hadn’t produced plans yet. It looks fantastic. Here’s the link: If I still had the shop and was five years younger, I’d build a 31 with the pod

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A Radical Proposal

December 10, 2021 I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, and being up in Maine all summer surrounded by classic motorboats and new “Downeast” styles solidified my thinking. One of the fun things about Tardis is having so many dockwalkers and folks calling up on the radio with, “Great-looking boat, when was she

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Summer in Maine

September 2, 2021 This blog is supposed to be largely about building and improving the Tardis, so here you go: I did two actual pieces of work all summer long: a new smooth-walled bilge pump hose to use as a sink drain instead of the old mess of water hose and hose connections, and a

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Final Winter Projects

April 24, 2021 Once the rebuilt drawers were in and I had finished the engine cover lid and new deck boxes, literally the rest of the winter was spent painting or varnishing every single surface on the boat. Aside from the spots that were still victims of the Great Mold Invasion of 2018 and the

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Olga 28 Rendevous, Fall 2022, NC

February 1, 2021 Arnhem, the Olga 28 being built in North Carolina is really coming along. Like Freidbert’s, a magnificent build. I look at my little epoxy-filled gaps and planning errors (not too many!) and think, “Well, somebody had to go first.”


January 11, 2021 That’s a scary word to a plywood/fiberglass boat builder. No, the hull is fine (I poke, prod, tap and check it about once a month). But far into the project I ran out of the super-grade Brynzeel marine plywood I used to build the majority of the boat. I just didn’t want

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