Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2014 Film

The year 2014 heralded the 17th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, a competition that has captivated the sailing community since its inception in 1998. A defining juncture for the Farr 40 racing season, the Championship offers the perfect stage for evenly-matched, 40-foot monohull racing boats, helmed by skilled and competitive owners. Fiercely contested, the event demands and rewards precise teamwork, consistency and determination. These attributes, together with the true sporting nature of the competition, align perfectly with the core values of Rolex, title sponsor of the event since 2001. The reward for victory is coveted throughout the sailing world: the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship trophy and a Rolex timepiece, true recognition for greatness on the water.

Sea Trials aboard CARY ALI

CARY ALI, built by Rockport Marine, is a Friendship 36 designed by Ted Fontaine. The cold-molded centerboard sloop was launched in fall 2013. See her perform on the water, and hear design and construction comments from several team members at Rockport Marine.

Steambending Fishing Platforms


This video from Angus Ross shows the steambending process that he used to build custom Wave-like benches. This series of unique sculptural fishing platforms for the city of Canterbury run along the Riverside walk on the river Stour.

Using a Dutchman to Repair a Stem

Our January 24, 2015 workshop included a clinic led by John La Fountain on using a Dutchman for repairing the stem of 1953 Shepherd 22’ utility we are preserving.
Following is the handout he prepared and distributed to workshop participants.

1. Inspect stem and knee to determine if a Dutchman can solve the rotting and grain separation issues where the stem and knee meet.

2. Remove the bad part by cutting away any rot or split-out wood.
a. Always cut the top at an upward angle relative to the leading edge of the stem so that water runs off the Dutchman, not down inside it.

3. Make a template using cardboard.

4. Locate a straight-grained, clear piece of white oak – usually 8/4, as it was here. (Be sure to wear heavy gloves!)
a. Using a band saw, rough-out the mating surfaces between the Dutchman and stem or knee, after transferring the templates to the blocks of wood.
b. Rough out the abutting faces of the two Dutchmen.

5. Sand the Dutchmen to shape

6. Re-fasten the leading ends of the planking – or strakes in a lapstrake hull – bedded in 3M 5200.

7. Repair any rot, cracks or over-sized holes with TotalBoat Thixo Thickened Epoxy adhesive now. (The above-waterline seams will be affixed with TotalBoat Wood Epoxy System.)

8. Once epoxy has cured, do a final sanding and shaping of both Dutchmen and the surfaces they will mate to on the stem and knee.

9. After a final check for fit, some final sanding, fit the Dutchmen in place and one fastener pilot hole into each.

10. Glaze both surfaces with TotalBoat Thixo, and the abutting surfaces with 3M 5200, and fasten them in place with fasteners passing through the pilot holes.

11. Wait 24-48 hours.

12. Drill the carriage bolt holes from the inside of the stem and knew out, and insert silicon bronze carriage bolts – 4 in the case of the Shepherd.

13. Do a final sanding and fairing.

14. You are ready for paint!

CWB: A History

In 1978, after a decade of growing popularity for their rental operation, Dick and Colleen Wagner decided to start a “living museum.” Hear the story of CWB’s founding from the Founder himself.

Timelapse of a Fowey River class dinghy (Hull number 64) by Marcus Lewis