Honoring Meade Gougeon: The Epoxy King

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Meade Gougeon, one of the 3 Gougeon brothers who “invented” epoxy with the help of Dow Chemicals, died last week at age 78. Meade was a ravenous sailor who continued to push the limits of what was possible with boat building and with sailboat racing.

In April of this year, at age 78, Gougeon finished first in his class at the annual endurance sailing race, the Everglades Challenge. Gougeon raced and won Class 3-Sailing Canoes in his self built boat, Elderly Care. (below) He placed fifth among the singlehanded racers and was 13th to finish overall. At age 78, he was also the oldest challenger to finish the race. Continue reading

Spring Catalogs are Here – Just in Time for Spring Weather

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Spring Jamestown Distributors catalogs are here!

Request a catalog if you don’t already get one in your mailbox!
The JD catalog is full of great items and features three very amazing boat building personalities. Our storied customers range from Tips from a Shipwright star, Louis Sauzedde, to mastermind of youth boatbuilding programs – Joe Youcha, and featuring Scott Roberts, a DIY garage builder who cranked out an impressive skiff. Continue reading

Chesapeake Light Craft Hosting Weekend Boatbuilders’ Rendezvous

We thought this weekend’s Festival at Chesapeake Light Craft sounded pretty cool and was worth sharing with you! Here’s the scoop!

OkoumeFest: A Boatbuilders’ Rendezvous

Location: Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Maryland
Dates: Friday, May 15, 2015 – Saturday, May 16, 2015

   Friday, May 15th: Open House in Annapolis
Saturday, May 16th: Boat Demos on Kent Island

Mark your calendars, wooden boat lovers and builders: Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 17th annual small boat rendezvous on Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, 2015.

“Okoume” is the plantation-grown African hardwood used in tens of thousands of CLC’s build-your-own-boat kits.  OkoumeFest features an open house with technical seminars on Friday at the CLC plant in Annapolis, and on Saturday an on-the-water rendezvous at Matapeake State Park on Kent Island.

The Friday seminars are useful and interesting, but the highlight of OkoumeFest always comes on Saturday, when we bring virtually everything in our shop over to the beach at Matapeake for our friends to paddle, row, sail, and generally put through their paces. We also welcome fellow boatbuilders, who bring their beautifully built watercraft to show and compete for best-in-show honors. This is a special chance to try some of the boats, like PocketShip, we can’t usually take on the road with us, and some that are brand-new designs, like the Outrigger Junior.  Attendance is free on both days this year, but please register so that we can plan accordingly.