Going cruising? Look for my book -
Tropical Cruising Handbook - published by International
Marine, and available at bookstores, West Marine, and online.
I've published articles on a number of topics that may
be of interest
either to those thinking about building a boat, or
getting prepared to
go cruising. A few are available on the web (links
provided below). The
others may be available at your local library, or in a
back issue from
the publisher (again, links provided where possible).
Wooden boat construction.
Good Old Boat
articles on tropical sailing that were published in
Canoes, subsistence and conservation in
Archipelago of Papua New Guinea (pdf)
About my designs
- Wynfall -- An Affordable
Wooden Boat . WoodenBoat #102 (Sept./Oct. 1991),
- Designing Wynfall -- The
Fine Art of Compromise. Classic Boat #71 (May 1994),
- (In Dutch) Wynfall -- Een
Betaalbare Droom In Hout. Water Kampioen #20 (Oct.
1995), pp. 70-75.
(these written by Penny Morton about "An Old
Captivity", Austral hull
- From Captivity to Cruising.
Australian Amateur Boatbuilder #27
- An Old Captivity by Penny
Morton. Water Craft #24 (Nov./Dec 2000) p. 29-32
- Captivity Classic Boat
(May/June 2000) p. 54-55
construction and repair
- The Common Sense of Boat
Repair. Water Craft #07 (Jan/Feb. 1998), pp. 32-38.
- Wooden Work. Cruising
Helmsman (July 1998), pp. 36-39
- Less Work, More Boat. Water
Craft #17 (Sept./Oct. 1999), pp.33-39.
- Design and Construction
Features that Simplify Maintenance and Promote
Longevity. Water Craft
- We Wanted Wood. Good Old
Boat May/June 2000
- Checking Your
Chainplates. Cruising Helmsman. (June 2002), pp.
- The Ultimate
(Jan./Feb. 2002), pp.59-63
- Metal Corrosion,
Parts I and II.
Good Old Boat (July/August and Sep./Oct. 2001)
Cruising destinations and
- Island Paradise -- Palmyra
Atoll. Cruising World (Sept.1998), pp.57-61.
- The Sand Islands (of
Australia). Cruising Helmsman (Nov. 1998), pp.36-42.
- Sailing Australia's Great
Sandy Strait. Blue Water Sailing (Jan. 1999),
- Seasonal Sync (Sailing the
monsoon through Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea)
(Nov./Dec.1999). p. 42-50
- Cruising the South Lagoon
(New Caledonia) Cruising World (Feb 2000) p. 61-64
- Sailing the Wharram Way
(about James Wharram and his seaworthy cruising
World (May 2000) p. 33-38
- The Louisiade Archipelago:
the canoe as essential tool. . WoodenBoat #156
(Sept/Oct 2000) p. 54-55
- Here be dragons
(Indonesia's Komodo Islands) Ocean Navigator
Practical cruising topics
- Sails: A to
Z, parts I and II.
Cruising Helmsman. (Oct and Nov.2002)
- Install ratlines for better
visibility. Ocean Navigator (Nov/Dec 1998) p. 82-85
- It ain't that heavy being
green (on environmentally responsible cruising). Blue
(May 2000) p. 46-51
- Expectation correction (or
what to expect in the South Pacific) Ocean Navigator
May/June 2000 p.
Where to go for
more information on wooden boatbuilding
I'm often asked where one
can learn more about wooden boatbuilding. Fortunately,
there are some
very good references out there. A few suggestions
- A good introductory book is
"Boatbuilding Manual", by Robert Steward. He talks
about lofting and
different construction methods, so it's a good way of
getting an idea
of what you're getting into, and of how you might want
to build your
boat (traditional carvel planking, modern laminated
wood and epoxy,
etc). All of my designs can be carvel planked, strip
cold-molded; if you're not familiar with those various
Boatbuilding Manual will help.
Other books go into greater
detail about particular methods, and will be of more use
- If you want to build
traditionally, Howard Chapelle's "Boatbuilding"
(published by W.W.
Norton) is the classic reference work for wooden boat
covers all traditional methods. If you are looking to
build a cruising
boat, "How to Build a Wooden Boat" by Bud McIntosh and
(published by WoodenBoat Books), is both simple and
clear. A fine book
with superb illustrations.
- If you're leaning to strip
planking or cold molding (or a combination of the
two), then the
following two books are very good: "Cold-molded and
Strip Planked Wood
Boatbuilding" by Ian Nicholson (published by Sheridan
House); and "The
Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction".
Other books are good for
certain parts of the process:
- On lofting, for example,
refer to "Lofting", by Alan Vaitses, (published by
For rigging, look to "The Complete Rigger's
Apprentice" by Brion Toss
(published by International Marine).
All of these books should
be available online from Amazon.com; WoodenBoat sells
them all as well.