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Ever since my father rented a small skiff and taught me how to row, I have been interested in boats. I probably wasn't more than 6 or 7 years old at the time. At first, I complained that I couldn't keep the oars in the oarlocks. I asked my father why we couldn't use some of the other oarlocks I had seen, the kind that are attached to the oars. My father patiently explained how fishermen rowed old fishing dories with only thole pins instead of oarlocks. He insisted that it was important to learn how to row with open horn oarlocks so I could "feather" the oars. He taught me how to feather the oars as I rowed, and he insisted that I do so.

Over the years, I have rented, purchased, owned and used a fairly wide variety of different small boats. I have even built one or two. If you are interested in big, fancy boats with powerful motors, you won't be too interested in what you will find on this site. If, on the other hand, you are interested in small boats that you can mess-about in, or if you are interested in some of the more "traditional" kinds of boats, you will probably find a good deal to interest you here.

My fleet of small boats has changed periodically over the years, but I always seem to have 3 or 4 (and sometimes more) boats in my personal fleet at any one time. These boats may include canoes, kayaks, sailboats, motorboats and rowing boats. Currently, I am building my "ideal boat" (I have found that a person's "ideal boat" tends to change over time, depending upon experience and taste.) At the present time, my "ideal boat" is a design called "Alaska". Just as parents often decide upon a name for a child before the child is born, I have already named my boat "Sea Dog". You will be able to watch the development and "birth" of "Sea Dog".

I will be adding pictures of the boats I have owned over the years, along with some descriptions of the experiences (and sometimes mis-adventures) I have had with them. I will also be adding some book-reviews of some of my favorite boating and boat-building books. If you have an interest in messing-about with small boats, or if you have an interest in "traditional" boats, I invite you to to come back from time to time to see what new pictures and information I have added.