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There is so much going on in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia these days.
Along with the rebuild of the Bluenose II, I recently caught up with Kevin Jeffrey, Founder and Owner of Norseboats. Noresboats continues to design and launch innovative designs and earn their title as the Swiss Army Knife of Small Sailboats. Theya re so busy, they’re sharing the wealth! Along with offering ready to sail craft, partially built and Norseboat Light Craft Kits in Lunenberg, they are currently building the Norseboat 21.5 by Mike York, York Marine in Rockland, ME.
If you’re looking for a great trailerable sailing and rowing boat, or just want to dream, find out more at Norseboat.com.
As always, send us news of your latest projects. We love to see what you’re working on.
It seems hard to believe that the Wooden Boat Festival was a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve logged a miles with my favorite flight attendants in Southwest, met with a number of new customers in our hardware, paint sundries group and enjoyed the KARMAS corporate outing near our plant in Byrdstown, TN.
The Wooden Boat Festival was a huge success. The Chesapeake Light Craft, Red Fish Kayaks and Sam Devlin boat designs where the hit once again. When we started this show 20 years ago not one boat was made with MAS Epoxy. Now, almost 80 percent are. How cool! And no wonder I have so much fun at this show every year.
I had the pleasure of sailing with Ted Pike and family on his 45′ foot sloop and Jim Miller of Wooden Boat Magazine. Weather was perfect and the boats where beautiful. Click here for more photos.
This year Jay Benford of Benford Yacht Design was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his designs and support of the industry. Congratulations to Jay, his wife, Donna and their lovely family.
I also got to meet Richard Woods of Woods Design, a designer of multihulls I’ve wanted to meet for years. http://www.woodsdesigns.com Richard is in a class with Nigal Irons and Gino Morrelli great cruising cats!
Hurricane Irene blew up the east coast last weekend leaving flooding and destruction with our friends from North Carolina right into my neighborhood here on Squam Lake, NH. It was amazing to see normally sleepy waterfalls from a few inches to feet wide torrents in the wake of the storm.
While most of our customers escaped without injury, there is plenty of clean up and repair work to be done. Check out http://www.masepoxies.com and the Epoxy School for information on repairs, or call us directly with questions at 888-627-3769.
In the meantime, the flood waters receded and life got back to normal on Squam Lake. Above is a picture of a 1969 Century taken earlier this summer at the Squam Lake Boat Parade. We also participated in the 250th celebration of the town of Holderness . Parades and boat show where a huge success.
We’re headed into an exciting and busy fall season of shows for boat lovers from owners to dealers and builders. We look forward to seeing you!
I’m taking my annual pilgrimage to The Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend this week from Sept. 8 through the 11th. Redfish Kayaks, Pygmy Kayaks and Chesapeake Light Craft will all be building boats with MAS Epoxy. Stop by to learn more about building your own boat!
We’ll be in the Composites Pavilion at IBEX (Booth 1233) and on the Green Marine Trail of eco-friendly products.
Check out Madness, John Harris’ big yellow PROA that will be on the docks at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, October 6 – 10.
We’re continually expanding our distribution network. Look for us with Donovan Marine, Orgill Inc. and Standard Hardware, as well as our existing distributors, which include Chesapeake Light Craft, Jamestown Distributors, Seattle Marine, and West Marine/Port Supply. See all of our distributors on our website, http://www.maspeoxies.com.
Looking forward to talking with you soon.
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MAS Epoxies: Great for beginners…Loved by Professionals
We received this great email recently from Doug Hackett, designer of this canoe and some of the coolest all wood rockers we’ve ever seen! Doug sells these canoes and plans for some other cool projects, so take a look. Please note that Doug is looking for a partner to build his boats. Let him know if you’re interested…JB
Thanks for your suggestions today when I spoke to you on the phone. I attached a picture of a strip canoe that I made with pine, cherry fiberglass cloth and Mas Epoxy. Your epoxy always works great and makes for a nice finished project. I get a lot of complements on the canoe when it is on top of my minivan and in the water. I am always a little surprised when complete strangers pace around my van checking out every detail or when they say things like” it’s the nicest canoe I’ve seen”.
Regarding my latest project, now that all the cloth is in place (about 5 -6 layer of 9.5 oz) in my female mold for a solid glass canoe, I will do a test with six layers of scrap cloth to see if it wets out ok by hand with a brush. If I can get the canoe to release easier than the first one from this mold, figure out the correct amount of fiberglass to use, to keep the weight of this “pack” canoe to a minimum, and I make a few sales, then I will take it to the next level with vacuum bagging.
Thanks again for getting me on the right track. I have taught Industrial Arts/ Technology Ed. for the past 30 years and used MAS with my students when making strip canoes. Thanks for a great product.
PS: The canoe/mold that I designed at my house here in Glens Fall, NY is quite unique because the gunwales are made at the same time as the hull so all I have to do is slip in two wooden thwarts and two wooden handles into 8 small “cups” along the top. I designed it this way because my goal is to make a very lightweight, strong, pack canoe the fastest way possible because there is a big demand for them up here. I will be able to sell a lot of them. If you know anyone that would like to partner with me, please direct them to my web site or e-mail address. Thanks.
I met with an old customer this week who is getting ready to barrier coat a 44′ sail boat his company built in the 70′s. He brought up the idea of using vinyl ester for the job. His reasoning was that vinyl ester would allow for easy wet out of the mat they would put on the boat to build back what they had peeled off when removing the blisters.
While they use MAS for some applications, he hasn’t ever used it to build back a bottom. He has used other epoxies for years and was concerned about the time it would take to wet through the glass with traditional brands. I had to remind him that our MAS Low Viscosity resin is formulated for just such projects… ease of wet out of heavy fabric and, yes, even mat! Yet another disaster avoided……remember epoxy is the right choice for all repairs to polyester and vinyl ester hulls and parts. Exceptional water barrier ability and adhesion value make it the right product to use. Also remember low VOCs and odor. If you want to know more, check out this article About Epoxies, Vinyl Esters and Polyesters in the Epoxy School/”How to” sections of our website.
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PS – Congratulations to our good friend, Allison Langley, for having two limited edition prints represented by Pottery Barn.
Mark has built some of the most amazing racing runabouts anywhere in the world. Boats designed by George Crouch, Gar Wood, Hacker to name a few. But these aren’t your run of the mill race boats. These boats sport Rolls Royce engines Hispano Swissa better known as a “Hisso” built buy the most talented mechanics in the world and rocking with power…each cylinder is 1020cc’s. They’re massive!.
Mark is just finishing up a boat called “Scotty Too”. Hull and frames were built by Steve White and Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. Check out the pics I got! This is a new boat can you believe it! Simply stunning, thanks for sharing Mark and for building with MAS Epoxy.JB Currell 609 332 3866 Jb@masepoxies.com MAS Epoxies: Great for beginners…Loved by Professionals
While New Hampshire is just shedding it’s snow layer, near the office in NJ the tulips are up already. It got me thinking of my great trip to METS (Marine Accessory Trade Show) last fall. It was my 5th time to this show and I was still impressed.
At METS, I loved the hardware and accessories from Europe that you don’t see everyday in the US. Sam and I are awed by the sexy Italian metalwork, and the cleats aren’t bad either! There was everything from adjustable props for mega yachts to a new thruster system for new and retrofit boats that uses a central pump and hoses to the bow and stern. Quiet and cost effective. Very cool!
I have to say though the highlight of the trip was the tour of the replica Dutch trader from the 1800′s Batavia. This is a traditionally built replica of a ship that sank off of New Guinea on it’s maiden voyage. Lots of fun to get a tour of such a huge vessel.
After the Batavia, we continued being “good” tourists, taking tours of the canals and the Dutchmasters museum. Very cool ship models and paintings of sea battles. And of course we had to also take the tour of the Sailors Bar reportedly the oldest bar in Amsterdam. Yes it’s in the red light district and very entertaining!!!!!
We happened upon a bookstore which carried Sam’s famous book on boatbuilding. Who’d have thought! The owner of the store got Sam to sign a copy for his own collection. Sam and I picked up some ink and pen drawings as souvenirs from the early 1900′s.
Amsterdam is not known for it’s food but Sam, Jim and I share an affinity for good cigars and I would have to say Amsterdam has one of the best cigar shops in the world…served with a fine Port in a private room with marble walls, fine Oak trim and floors. It was like something out of an old movie. This is what Old guys consider fun!
Well enough of Amsterdam for now, although I hope to go back in a few months.JB MAS Products Keep up with our latest news at MAS Products on Facebook.
Mark Bayne, owner of Sea Island Boat Works, and I recently walked through his yard and talked about the projects he has.
Most of all we discussed MAS O KIsS , my 1962 42′ Chriscraft Sport Fish, which Mark is restoring for me. He has done an amazing job rebuilding the cockpit sole and reglassing the decks using 10 oz cloth and MAS low viscosity resin for good wet out of the wood and fiberglass
Thanks to Mark and his lovely bride Sherri for a wonderful time.
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I’m in a series of road trips after a few much needed days at home in NH. I had a great time in the Charleston Area celebrating St. Patty’s Day, checking out boats at Sea Island Boatworks and visiting hardware stores like Hughes Lumber and Royall Ace hardware. I love a good hardware store. It’s like a jewelry store for women. Nothing like a good paint department.
I was visiting these stores as part of MAS’s expanding distribution channels. It is a learning process for me and the MAS team. One of the things we need is stories from MAS users about the different ways you use our epoxy and Bio-Solv. I’m looking for photos and offering Miss MAS t-shirts as always! Please upload your stories and photos to MAS Products on Facebook, or send them to us. We appreciate your thoughts as always!Jb@masepoxies.com MAS Epoxies: Great for beginners…Loved by Professionals
The Coast of Maine…A Great Place to Visit, even in February
I’ve loved sailing the coast of Maine for decades now, but don’t get a chance to visit in the offseason as often as I’d like. A few weeks ago, we piled into the car and took off to see old friends and the great work going on inside as snow covers the outdoors.
After a long drive, we were thrilled to re-fuel with an incredible meal prepared by Jim Miller and his lovely wife Molly. You may know Jim as the President of Wooden Boat Magazine but who knew Jim had a culinary bug. We dined on Jim’s soon to be famous paella loaded with fresh seafood, chicken and sausage to die for. Of course we enjoyed too much wine, great desert and conversation longing for when the boats can go back in the water. Jim has a favorite design of mine by Ruel Parker. A shallow draft outboard rum runner called Black Bird. Jim and Molly use it for picnics and traveling to the islands around the Maine coast.
Next up was a stop to see Todd and Erin French. Todd owns a custom boat company in Belfast Maine called French and Webb. Wow, what boats! Todd gave me a tour of his facilities right in Belfast harbor. With new boat builds like Erika, Zogo and exceptional rebuilds from the ground up like the New York 30′s, French and Webb have secured a place in Marine history. Check out their current projects at www.frenchandwebb.com.
Okay cool boats! But! Not we came for even more……Erin, Todd’s beautiful wife is also a gourmet chef. She holds Secret Suppers. If you’re lucky enough to get on the list you can attend a private dinner for 20 people. With the finest 6 course gourmet meal you will ever have. These dinners are held in obscure locations and it’s like a gourmet speakeasy. Your name has to be on the list and they lock the door when everyone is in. Erin then explains the menu and for the next 3 hours your taste buds get treated like royalty. The very cool thing about this particular dinner was not only the food but eating with one of greatest marine photographers in the world! The oh so lovely Alison Langley was our table mate. What a Treat! Allison is working on a new form of marine video description. When we went home I looked up her website www.Langleyphoto.com and was stunned at the artistry she has created with her camera.
What an unbelievable weekend! We ate wonderful food, drank well and most importantly, had the pleasure of hanging out with some of the finest artists in their fields whom we are lucky enough to call our friends. Blessed and now 10 lbs heavier.
PS: I’m new to this blogging idea. I am lucky enough to spend my time traveling the country meeting professionals and hobbyists who make neat stuff out of epoxy. Please let me know how we can use this blog to create a conversation and spread the word about the industry.