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  • WoodenBoat magazine No. 251 (July/August 2016) includes an article on PT-658, a 78′ Higgins motor torpedo boat built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. A group of PT Boat veterans banded together to restore her between 1995 and 2005, and the boat is now fully functional and afloat as a museum ship in Portland Oregon. Powered by three working 1,850-hp Packard V-12 gasoline engines, PT-658 is today the only fully operational World War II-era PT Boat. The following is a list of resources for those who wish to explore PT boats in more depth.
  • WB No. 250, May/Jun 2016: MANTA is a simple and versatile boat—quick to build, and quick to get underway. The designer considered three different hull shapes when developing the concept for a home-buildable sit-on-top fishing kayak. He chose No. 2—a V-bottomed hull (the green one) —for its relative ease of construction and good performance. MANTA’s simple shape is built by first forming the sides...
  • WB No. 249: SERENA is meant to keep the good aspects of the 30′2″ Shields-class one design, but in a boat that’s 25′ long. The new boat’s rig makes good use of the “flipping topsail” arrangement developed by Maine schoonerman Havilah Hawkins. Although inspired by a larger, longer-ended sloop, SERENA has relatively short overhangs in order to maximize her...
  • In WoodenBoat Nos. 249 and 250, author Patrick Beautement describes in detail how the A.K. Ilen School of Wooden Boat Building in Limerick, Ireland, built four boats known as “gandelows.” The gandelow is a general-purpose type of rowing craft once common in the River Shannon Estuary. These boats are hard-chined, with a rounded bottom to make them easier to work free from the mud after...
  • WB No. 248: The 22′ power catamaran SEAHORSE is meant to carry six people—and their kayaks—on excursions to distant paddling grounds. She’s also adaptable to other uses, such as a support boat for waterfront parks or a power launch for rowing clubs. In flat water and lightly loaded, SEAHORSE will reach her cruising speed of 5 knots with just 10 hp. But because the boat...
  • In WB No. 247 Greg Rössel, contributing editor of WoodenBoat magazine, reviewed the Elco 9.9-hp Electric Outboard Motor.
  • WB No. 247: The design employs two H2Pro-Ped units, which have transom-mounted drives—outboard-motor style. Spinning the propellers in opposite directions will turn the boat in its own length, and one unit may be removed to allow for solo pedaling. MISS BEHAVIN’ Particulars: Length: 20′ (6.1m) Beam: 30″ (0.76m) Boat weight: 71 lbs (32kg) Block coefficient: 0.44 Prismatic...
  • WB No. 246: CHIMAERA —a cruising ketch that takes inspiration from a variety of existing designs. She’s a simple, rugged, and good-looking boat that’s equally at home at sea and in shallow coastal waters. CHIMAERA’s twin bilge keels will be very effective. As the boat heels, the leeward board is pressed deeper into the water, increasing lateral resistance; the windward board meanwhile...
  • WB No. 245: The Muskoka motoryacht RAMBLER’s ingenious lifting cradle that’s built into the boathouse; the cradle rises, via a ratcheting mechanism, on a series of threaded vertical posts. See more in WoodenBoat issue 245 .
  • WB No. 245: EUREKA is a 20′ (6.1m) demountable (“take-apartable”) trimaran suitable for long-distance coastal cruising and adventure racing for one or two. Empty weight is approximately 500 lbs (230 kg), with a payload of up to 600 lbs (270 kg). We have drawn the boat with an aft “pedaling” cockpit, and a small cabin centered between the akas (crossbeams). Both have...