December/January 2015 — Table of Contents
On the cover: Chesapeake Light Craft production manager Aaron McWain cuts scarf joints on spar stock for sailboat kits in the Maryland company’s busy mill shop. Complete kits designed for simplicity of assembly have made CLC one of the most successful suppliers of kit boats in the world. Story on page 24.
Photograph courtesy Chesapeake Light Craft.
24 Easy Pieces
by Steven Callahan
With roughly 2,000 boat kits sold annually, and double that in plans, Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) is likely the largest kit-boat producer in the world.
36 The Strong Stuff
by Dan Spurr
Armstrong Marine, in Port Angeles, Washington, is muscling its way into the global aluminum-workboat market.
48 Fresh, Clean, and Clear: Potable-Water Systems, Part 1
by Steve D’Antonio
Materials, design, and installation of plumbing, pumps, and filters for onboard freshwater systems.
82 Common Systems-Installation Errors
by Ed Sherman
Look out for poor workmanship and noncompliance with American and international standards that can pose safety hazards—even on newly built boats.
Readers comment on Alan Gurney’s Nepenthe and Windward Passage; marketability of semi-planing powerboats; and crediting the builders of Oracle’s lifting foils.
compiled by Dan Spurr
Jim Betts resurrects a victim of bad alloy; joystick controls for sailboats; Westlawn at risk of closure; and J/70 production surpasses 500 hulls.
16 Design Brief
by Dudley Dix
The Didi 950 is a water-ballasted plywood raceboat designed to the Class 950 Rule, and built from a CNC-cut kit.
80 Parting Shot
by Jeffrey Bowles
A naval architect cautions against the rush to marine hybrid-propulsion options.
68 New Products from IBEX
77 Classified Advertising