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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
80 Diesel Tanks Done Right, Part 1
by Steve D’Antonio
The material and construction choices behind good fuel tank design and installation.
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.
6 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on wire terminals and connectors; wearing shoes on boats; and Mike Leneman’s sheeting system.
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.
106 New Products and Innovations
109 Classified Advertising