My Phone Walked the Plank

Jul 17, 2015 | | Say something

OK, the title of this post is perhaps a little misleading.  My phone did not actually walk the plank.  It just got a little wet. Perhaps an explanation is in order. I have a Michalak-style rowing box to go with my Michalak-style oars.  I created a cinch-down strap for it, and a tether that I […more]

Deer Creek Reservoir

Jul 6, 2015 | | Say something

Yesterday (July 1, 2015) we took the young men and young women of our ward to Deer Creek Reservoir to goof around in the lake there.  We borrowed a three small plastic kayaks from Brother Barsdorf and I took my mouse boat and PDRacer.  We threw all of this gear in the back of the […more]

About Time — Sail Report June 23 2015

Jul 2, 2015 | | Say something

I had mentioned before (in passing) that my wife was pregnant.  Well, now she isn’t pregnant.  Samuel Hyrum Earl was born just before midnight on May 20th.  It was a pretty exciting day.  KaeLynn had an emergency C-section and everything.  On the bright side Sam is here now, and everyone is safe, and I have […more]

Puddle Duck Racer Build — Spars

May 7, 2015 | | Say something
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First of all, let me apologize in advance for this post.  This should be a trip report, but between the weather and the fact that my wife is nearly 9 months pregnant I have not been able to go sailing.  So instead I am going to write about building spars the Earl way. When you […more]

Nephi’s Courage — Design Notes

Apr 29, 2015 | | Say something
Drawings of the finished rig.  This is pretty much exactly what I have today.  Although, I will admit that I haven't had time to put in all of the reef points yet.

Like most small boat builders I spent a fair amount of time agonizing over which boat I would build.  In fact, I came very close to building a Rebel Cat, and I still think that a multihull would be pretty fun to build.  In the end I decided on a Puddle Duck Racer, mostly because […more]

Bird Island

Apr 14, 2015 | | 2 comments
Sailing to Bird Island

Even before I started building my first boat my girls were fascinated about the stories I told about visiting the various islands of Moses Lake, Washington, where I grew up.  Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around paddling, rowing, or sailing to Goat Herd Island or Marsh Island, and my girls were intrigued by […more]

Utah Lake State Park

Mar 24, 2015 | | 4 comments
That is a lot of people on that little boat.  It is a good thing we all love each other.

For the second weekend in a row I was able to get my boats out on the lake.  Like last week all three of my littlest girls came along.  This time my son Zachary was able to come with us as well.  It was a lot of people for two small boats, but we made […more]

Puddle Duck Racer Refit — Leeboard

Mar 20, 2015 | | 1 comment

I am not a naval architect, but designing boats is sort of fun.  My pdracer is inexpensive enough that I am more than happy to experiment, and at some point I am hoping that experimentation includes some racing.  To me, that’s the beauty of the Puddle Duck Racer.  They are easy and inexpensive to build, […more]

First Boat Outing 2015

Mar 16, 2015 | | 3 comments
My homemade boats in their native element.

The stars finally aligned, and I got my boats out on the water for the first time this year. The day got off to an inauspicious start. Eliza had a bad cough, Abby wasn’t feeling well, and Stella, well Stella is always a little difficult. However, Eliza and Abby have been dying to try the […more]

Puddle Duck Racer Refit — Gunter Rig

Mar 11, 2015 | | Say something

Nephi’s Courage sports a nifty gunter rig, and I really like it.  The rig allows me to sport a ridiculous amount of sail area on spars made from 12 foot 2×6 boards.  Yes, 12 foot spars don’t fit in the boat, but they do fit well on top of my minivan. Of all of the […more]