Boatbuilding Tips and Tricks

I've been compiling this blog of boatbuilding tips and tricks, plus launchings and in-progress boatbuilding projects for years now. The vast majority of the questions I receive by email have already been asked by someone else, so if you take the time to read through the archives, you'll probably run across many the questions you may already have plus find answers to questions you haven't thought of yet. You also get a chance to look through many of the projects that others are building. I try to include as many of the photos I receive from builders as well, some from facebook pages.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Seneca on Rescue Mission

I just received this great email and pictures:

Mr. Spira,

I have to say I am truly impressed with my Seneca that I built this past winter. This last 4 days I was on a Scout Canoe trip on Lake Ozette, Olympic National Park in western Washington state. We had taken some gear out of a couple of the younger scouts canoes to lighten their load so they could keep up with the other boys. So the Seneca was at probably over loaded with two adults and gear ect. The wind came up suddenly and blew some boys off course. It was apparent it was time to take action. So, without any problems in choppy white caps we transferred two boys into the Seneca and towed the canoe to better conditions. This small boat provided us a very stable platform for this situation. I had no idea when I was building this boat that it would be called to duty.

I hope I never find myself in a similar situation and we all learned from it. I just wanted you to thank you for designing a safe little boat.


Kyle Nelson

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.

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