Mailbag: travels of a Melonseed

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Mailbag, Melonseed |

We received a letter from our friends about their travels in Canada with their beloved Melonseed. Maybe you’ve gone on an adventure in a Melonseed. If you have pictures and an accompanying story, mail it to so we can share it with those interested in the kind of fun you can have in our boats. Travels of a Melonseed My wife and I took our Melonseed from it’s home on Willapa Bay in WA to Vancouver Island, BC, a road...

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Mailbag: Whitehalls in Cathlamet

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Mailbag |

The mailbag is often a little empty in the winter, but the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having the past month has brought a couple of our boats out of their winter shelter and out into the sunshine.  Here’s a beautiful picture we just received not long ago of a pair of Whitehalls underway in Cathlamet, WA.  Beauties! Dave, I just wanted to thank you and the crew again for the rowing mirror.   Attached is a picture of Colleen...

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Mailbag: SCAMP in the Florida Keys

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Mailbag |

Now that the first few fiberglass SCAMPs have been out in the world for a few seasons, we’re starting to get some great feedback from folks who are using them in the real world.  This pair of reports come to us from Don H. in Florida. He waited for a break in the unusually cold winter that most of the northern US had to escape from Maryland to Florida. Looks like a great plan! Warm water, warm breeze, what’s not to like?   Had quite...

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Mailbag: Whitehall in British Columbia

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Mailbag |

Last month we received a great report from a lady at Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada. She detailed for herself a very nicely outfitted Whitehall that she can row in conventional aft facing and our Forward Facing slide seat operation. The maiden voyage was in the thick of winter but it looks like she had a great time!  She also let us know about a foot hold modification she made that some other rowers might find helpful. Hi Dave, You might be...

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When less is more

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Mailbag, Navigator |

This is a real-life example of how a bigger boat isn’t necessarily better… Many years ago we built a 12′ Point Defiance sailboat for a lady who lives on a nearby island. She sailed the dickens out of that Point Defiance and really loved it! But then she got the whim to go cruising in her yacht between here and Alaska. The original plan was to use her Point Defiance as the yacht’s tender – unfortunately it turned...

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A novel way to tow your boat

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Mailbag |

Got a boat and no way to tow it?  Here’s a clever solution we’ve never seen before… Keith in St. Petersburg, FL rigged up a way to tow his Captain’s Gig with a recumbent tricycle! Here is his dad, age 84, making it look way too easy… That’s a cool setup, and good exercise, too – combined with a row, that’s a full-body workout for the day!  Just remember to save your legs for the ride back. 🙂...

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