Morning Wood

Yesterday morning Sweeney Hardwoods delivered a load of beautiful African Mahogany to my house.  They are all 12′ lengths and 6″ to 9″ wide.  I bought 6/4 rough-sawn wood, which means it was 1-1/2″ thick to begin with.  I had them resaw the planks in half, plane them down to a 1/2″ thickness, and then put a straight edge … More Morning Wood

Precarious Perch

My 1948 Speed Liner 14′ Trophy Deluxe Racing Runabout arrived from Great Falls, Montana one day last week.  I bought the boat on eBay from the son of the man who was the original owner of the boat, who had bought it brand new.  As you can probably imagine, Montana has a relatively short boating … More Precarious Perch

Lapstrake Demo

Upon closer examination, I discovered that the 1958 Lyman Outboard I purchased on eBay recently was actually quite complete.  The windshield, including all the glass, all of the interior furniture, and all the deck hardware and trim were present.  The Lyman’s hull is constructed of five-ply Douglas fir plywood lapstrake planks.  The hull sides and bottom … More Lapstrake Demo

My Little Johnson

No outboard motor came with my 1958 Lyman Outboard; however, sitting in my garage is a nice little 1958 Johnson Seahorse 35, which came with my 1958 Glastron 16′ Fireflite barn find.  This motor will not only be exactly age-appropriate, but also very nice looking, the right color combination for this boat, and appropriately powered for a 15′ lapstrake.  Mark Gunter … More My Little Johnson

Trailer Tramp

Back in April, 2015 I managed to be the only eBay bidder for a 1958 Lyman 16′ Outboard, which I bought for a song from a guy in Cataula, Georgia.  So, I paid my money through PayPal and in early May, Patrice and I borrowed an 18′ farm trailer from her sister, attached it to my truck, and … More Trailer Tramp