|Tropical Cruising Handbook
Going cruising? Look for my book -
Tropical Cruising Handbook - published by International
Marine, and available at bookstores and of course 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. They may be
available at your local library, or in a back issue from
the publisher (links provided where possible). Happy
Wooden boat construction.
Good Old Boat
Canoes, subsistence and conservation in
the Louisiade Archipelago of Papua New Guinea (pdf)
About my designs
- Wynfall -- An Affordable Wooden
Boat . WoodenBoat #102 (Sept./Oct. 1991), pp.56-60.
- 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.
written by Penny Morton about "An Old Captivity",
Austral hull #1)
- 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
Wooden boat construction and
- 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 #18 (Nov./Dec.1999).
- We Wanted Wood. Good Old Boat
- Checking Your
Chainplates. Cruising Helmsman. (June 2002), pp.
- The Ultimate
Craft (Jan./Feb. 2002), pp.59-63
- Metal Corrosion,
Parts I and II. Good Old Boat (July/August and
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), pp.22-26.
- Seasonal Sync (Sailing the
monsoon through Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea)
Ocean Navigator (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 multihulls)
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 (Jan./Feb. 2001)
Practical cruising topics
- Sails: A to
Z, parts I and II. Cruising Helmsman. (Oct and
- 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 Water
Sailing (May 2000) p. 46-51
- Expectation correction (or what
to expect in the South Pacific) Ocean Navigator
May/June 2000 p. 47-54
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 planked or cold-molded; if you're not
familiar with those various methods, Boatbuilding
Manual will help.
Other books go into greater detail
about particular methods, and will be of more use when
- If you want to build
traditionally, Howard Chapelle's "Boatbuilding"
(published by W.W. Norton) is the classic reference
work for wooden boat builders, and covers all
traditional methods. If you are looking to build a
cruising boat, "How to Build a Wooden Boat" by Bud
McIntosh and Sam Manning (published by WoodenBoat
Books), is both simple and clear. A fine book with
- If you're leaning to strip
planking or cold molding (or a combination of the
two), then the following book is indispensable and now
available as a free download "The
Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction".
"Cold-molded and Strip Planked
Wood Boatbuilding" by Ian Nicholson (published by
Sheridan House) is also valuable.
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
All of these books should be
available online from Amazon.com; WoodenBoat sells them
all as well.