Category: Journal Entry

Bending Wood with Steam, Muscle and Steel

Presentation by: Rick Blamer, CABBS member Rick Blamer fired up his steam box and gave a live steam bending demonstration. To show how its done, he brought along a bending jig to make a...

Caring for Your Sails and Rigging

To be competitive today a racing sailboat is not rigged with stainless steel cables. Rather it is rigged with composite cables woven from hi-tech fibers such as Kevlar®, carbon, or other proprietary molecules. Jon...

Frank Manley Builds the CABBS Optimist

CABBS Optimist Construction Photos Long-time, big boat sailor, Frank Manley, built a strong, trim Opti using the CABBS Optimist plans and materials sourced at his neighborhood home center. He photographed his progress and donated...

A Love Affair in Wood

Guest Speaker: CABBS Member Wes Roepke Love is blind. But to say it better, love is blinding. We know not how an invisible arrow from say the sight of auburn hair in the setting...

Sharpening Tools the Max Peterson Way

Our February guest speaker, Max Peterson, is a professional woodworker and amateur boatbuilder from the Pittsburgh area. He’s tried many ways to sharpen his tools to a razor’s edge. He searched for a quick...

EPOXY 101: The Basics

Epoxy plays many roles in boatbuilding. It’s glue, filler, and encapsulator. This versatile material is just short of miraculous in what it can offer to make strong watertight joints. Jim Stumpf dons the sacrificial...

Opti builders around the world

CABBS Optimist dinghy plans: Alastair shows the way Eleven-year-old Canadian, Alastair of Invermere, British Columbia purchased a set of the CABBS Optimist dinghy plan and set to work. He stated, “Dad helped, but I...

Tom Wareham: Marine Surveyor

Before you defer your boating opinions to someone who calls himself or herself a marine surveyor consider this. The profession of marine surveyor is unregulated and does not require a license. If you can...

Sixty-five Years of Wooden Boatbuilding

Guest Speaker: John Bridges John Bridges’ boatbuilding resume  tallies twenty-five boats, quite a performance for an amateur builder. His interest in boating started a young boy living on the Isle of Wight in England....

Solo Sailing on the Great Lakes

Guest Speaker: Paul Nickerson President, Great Lakes Singlehanded Society Sailing solo for days on end is not for everyone. It’s too challenging for some, too isolating for others, and possibly too radical for many. Paul...