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October/November 2021 — Table of Contents

On the cover: The Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op turns 40. Tim Lee, one of the co-op’s 12 owners, works alongside the hull of Western Flyer during the rebuild of the vessel Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck once chartered. Story on page 62. Photograph by Dieter Loibner.

FEATURES

Painting a BootstripeDAN MIELKE

Painting a bootstripe. Pages 16/17.

16/17  TEAR-OUT SUPPLEMENT
Task Sheet: Painting a Bootstripe
by Dan Mielke
A veteran yacht designer and engineer explains the subtle shape of a conventional bootstripe and details the calculations and steps in his simple method to cut a new one using a laser level and tape.

JEAN HISS, COURTESY EODEV

Hydrogen fuel cell. Page 22.

22  The Hunt for Hydrogen
by Hans Buitelaar
As boatbuilders gear up to bring high-pressure hydrogen gas on board, availability, economy, and the true ecological gains remain in question.

COURTESY THE LANDING SCHOOL

Composites repair fundamentals. Page 34.

34  Lessons from a Skiff Rebuild
by Richard Downs-Honey
Repair of a 1970s-vintage workboat revealed a lot about the adequacy of the original design, construction methods, and materials.

 

NIGEL CALDER

Peculiarities of shore power. Page 52.

52  Shore-Power Fundamentals, Part 2: Peculiarities of Onboard AC Installations
by Nigel Calder
Wiring for basic onboard AC circuits requires careful attention to detail and understanding the relevant ABYC or ISO standards to which a boat is built.

DIETER LOIBNER

The Port Townsend Co-Op. Page 62.

62  Cooperative Incorporated
by Dieter Loibner
With workshops buzzing and business thriving, the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op turns 40. We look at the past, present, and future of this unique institution.

STEVE D’ANTONIO

Fuel-tank architecture. Page 80.

80  Diesel Tanks Done Right, Part 1
by Steve D’Antonio
The material and construction choices behind good fuel tank design and installation.

STEVE D’ANTONIO

Modern lightning protection. Page 96.

96  When Lightning Strikes the Digital Boat
by James Cote
Onboard safety in the event of a lightning strike has become far more complicated in the age of networked electronics and onboard control systems.

DEPARTMENTS

6  Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on wire terminals and connectors; wearing shoes on boats; and Mike Leneman’s sheeting system.

10 Rovings
compiled by Dieter Loibner
Powering a research vessel with carbon-neutral methanol; lighting a cockpit with luminous canvas; eight bells Rodger Martin; and Torqeedo’s electric ferry propulsion units.

112  Parting Shot
by Jay Paris
A veteran yacht designer shares details and his appreciation of a hardworking modern bowsprit he created for his own cruising sloop.

READER SERVICES

106  New Products and Innovations

107  Connections

109  Classified Advertising

111  Index to Advertisers