2012 Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 05-10-2012 04:24 PM 1752 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 hours. 2 sheets of cheap CDX 3/8” plywood, 10 1×2s, 2 2×2s, a sheet of plastic, 2 tubes of caulk, a bunch of deck screws, a few nails, some rope, some ductape, a few other details. Hand tools only, except for battery powered drill/drivers. And then you race.

An amazing day out at the end of April in Bodega Bay here in Sonoma County in Northern California, I highly recommend coming out for it, either as a contestant (and this two-year winner is thinking about ways to approach the competition with more whimsy and attempt to wow the crowd, which will probably lead to a schism in our team, if anyone’s interested in going my way, or anyone wants to work with our other team mainstay who’s a long-time yacht and furniture builder and who has a lot to teach on going for more speed) or as a spectator. A few of my favorites:

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In order: A kayak whose paddler rolled in competition, Craig’s origami folded sailboat (pushing cheap plywood construction to new levels), a long outrigger boat that was serious competition in the speed category, the high school student team we trained with, that didn’t manage to build what we’d hoped they would, but still made it around the course, and our boat.

More pictures at my personal site of this year's competition, and last year's competition.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 04:13 AM

Interesting, it would be pretty cool to be able to tag along with the build with webcams!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 05:36 PM

One of the teams set up a video that has some of the process, but, yeah, if competing weren’t so much fun I’d be thinking about how to better film the day.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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