Author: Don

During the “stay at home” order we’re re-purposing some of our peel ply to be used as ties for protective face masks. Yes, not really an obvious use of skills by a fiberglass boat builder but it proves that anyone …

Pivot to Masks… Read More »

My son’s friend had a school project to design, build and implement a foiling surfboard. I thought I’d post the YouTube video he put together documenting his process…

After starting Sabot building in 2013, I’m now starting the 30th hull – to be delivered to the SWYC junior program. In 2018 10 yacht club boats and three racing boats were delivered. The three racing Sabots were all for …

Now Building Hull #30 Read More »

Southwestern Yacht Club has ordered five new Sabots – though not the usual racing model! They are looking for a trainer version that their new sailors can take out and bang around. They are replacing boats that are about 30 …

New Yacht Club Version of Sabot Read More »

Now completing boats 14, 15, and 16. Yes, just in time for summer sailing – I’m hoping the junior sailors hopping into these boats will have a great summer and give their peers some serious competition this year. After delivery, …

3 New Sabots Read More »

It has now been over three years since the startup of¬†Bedford Boats. It has certainly been a big change from being a systems engineer at a Fortune 500 company but It has been great. I’ve now completed boat 13 plus …

Completed Sabot #13 and still going Read More »

Just finished infusing the hull for Sabot #6. Take a look at the time-lapse video – a day’s work condensed into less than 30 seconds! Also, my batteries ran out before the boat was completely wetted-out but it was close …

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I’ve been experimenting with some new looks that I could use for the mid-thwart and/or hull. I’ll be retro-fitting Boat #1 with the new thwart I just completed. It is white like the old thwart but with translucent top, fore, …

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I’ve been spending lots of time recently researching shapes to use for rudders and leeboards. While I never used to think this was a big deal, I found out differently when testing the first boat I made. I had two …

Board Shapes Read More »

Now working on boat #4 and I thought I’d provide a bit of a glimpse as to what it takes to setup the vacuum bag for infusion. Take a look at this time-lapsed video… The fiberglass and foam are already …

Infusion Setup Read More »