Bailers, Pumps and Other Systems for Getting Water Out of a Small Boat

Bailers, Pumps and Other Systems for Getting Water Out of a Small Boat

by Colin Angus 4 Comments

Some boats are shaped so that all water that comes aboard is removed with gravity.  This is how a typical cruising sailboat works.  The cockpit is raised above the waterline, and a simple drainage system allows water to quickly flow away.,..

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Race to Alaska: Leg One in an Angus Rowboat

Race to Alaska: Leg One in an Angus Rowboat

by Colin Angus 4 Comments

The first day of leg 1 for the 2022 Race to Alaska proved to be one of the most dangerous days in the history of the race.  Four boats required rescues, three having capsized and another dismasted.  The majority of the boats in the race didn’t even attempt to cross the treacherous Juan de Fuca Strait in these conditions.  Boats that did successfully complete the crossing were the larger sailing boats. Gale force winds combined with extraordinarily powerful ebb flows created chaotic sea states with steep breaking waves up to 10’ in height.  It was in this maelstrom that I found myself with an Expedition Rowboat...

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Featured Boatbuilder: Jerry Hackett builds the Expedition Rowboat

Featured Boatbuilder: Jerry Hackett builds the Expedition Rowboat

by Angus Rowboats 1 Comment

One of the best ways to become better at something is to learn from someone who's already walked that road, or in our case built that boat. We wanted to share some stories of builders who've built our boats and have launched a new section called Featured Boatbuilder.

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Try the Bumblebee Sailboat at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

Try the Bumblebee Sailboat at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend

by Angus Rowboats

Kids 5 and younger can try the Bumblebee Sailboat at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival on Sept 10-12.  It's free and sign-up is at the pool. For those of you near Port Townsend, the Boat Festival is a great way to see a huge number of classic, innovative and beautiful wooden boats, as well as attend presentations and there's even hands-on activities for kids. 

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Fixed Seat Rowing Geometry

Fixed Seat Rowing Geometry

by Angus Rowboats 4 Comments

The geometry of fixed seat rowing is completely different from sliding seat rowing, but equally important for performance and comfort. There are many variables including length of oars, location of rowing seat relative to the boat, position of foot brace, height of oarlocks above seat, height of oars, height of seat above bilge, and the spread of the oarlocks. Additionally, there are factors to consider with the oars, such as spoon blade vs flat and weighted vs non weighted handles. 

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R2AK Stage 2 Days 8 - 11

R2AK Stage 2 Days 8 - 11

by Angus Rowboats

The last few days of R2AK have included some remarkable finishes. Team Ketch Me if U Can reached Port Townsend on June 19th, finishing 4th overall and completing the race in 7 d 15 h, making them the fastest 20 foot and under boat ever to finish. Plus they now hold the $10,000 buy back cheque, as they’re the first team to reach Ketchikan willing to sell their boat for 10K. Congratulations!

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R2AK Stage 2, Days 6 & 7

R2AK Stage 2, Days 6 & 7

by Angus Rowboats

The weekend brought steady progress for many boats. Two more boats crossed the finish line yesterday, bringing the total in Ketchikan to 5. That leaves 23 boats still out there including all under 20 foot boats.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 5

R2AK Stage 2 Day 5

by Angus Rowboats

It was a nail biter of a day yesterday, with Team Broderna and Freeburd racing to the finish within shouting distance of each other.  After 700 miles of charging along the tumultuous and rugged west coast, the boats were within 5 minutes of each other.  The last stretch to Ketchikan was calm and it all came down to their pedal drives propelling their weighty multi-hulls to victory.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 4

R2AK Stage 2 Day 4

by Angus Rowboats

Day 4 brought with it the winds that many boats have been wishing for, that and a little more.  By this morning the winds have reached gale force, blowing at 30-40 knots and most boats sought out shelter so they could hunker down.  Teams Nomadica (seen in the photo) and Heart of Gold made it through Seymour Narrows yesterday.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 3

R2AK Stage 2 Day 3

by Angus Rowboats

The teams are still going strong and have been slogging for 70 hours now. Of the small boats, team Discovery (trimaran in the photo) is the only one who’s made it through Seymour Narrows so far, giving Roger Mann a sizable and potentially permanent lead. Teams Rush Away and Nomadica, are just passing Campbell River, which is about 35 miles behind Discovery. But they need to wait for slack tide at Seymour Narrows in order to go through, which is at 3 pm and then again at 10 pm.

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R2AK Stage 2, Day 2

R2AK Stage 2, Day 2

by Angus Rowboats

The small boats are still going strong, but the big sailboats have finally taken the lead, buoyed by the appearance of some winds and their ability to go non-stop. Of the boats under 20’, Team Discovery, a 19’ trimaran is in the lead, sailing alongside a handful of 20-30’ boats that are just west of Texada Island on the morning of day 3. Nomadica, a 17’ trimaran, is not far behind

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 1

R2AK Stage 2 Day 1

by Angus Rowboats

After an eventful first day of the R2AK with winds reaching 50 knots causing broken masts, broken booms, capsized boats, rescued boats, and hypothermia, 9 boats were out of the race. They call the Port Townsend to Victoria leg the qualifying leg, but this was a little over the top. Nonetheless, there are still 34 boats in the full race to Alaska, including 13 that are less than 20’ long.

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