Build Your Own Boat

Build your own boat. Building your own boat isn’t so difficult. It can be a lot of work, but it is so satisfying to to take your own home built boat out on the water.

Step One: Buy Renn Tolman’s Book:
Tolman Alaskan Skiffs
Building Plans for Three Ply/epoxy Skiffs

Step Two: Read it over and over.

Step Three: Buy materials, and gather tools.

Step Four: Build sawhorses.

Step Five: Get started by building the transom. This will give you a good idea of the scale of the boat.

Step Six: Keep going until you have it on the water.

Having issues? Having Questions? Go to Tolman Skiff Building Forum and ask away.

Boat Building Forum
Build your own boat
Build your own skiff
How to build a wooden boat
Bass Barn thread

San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley and Oakland Biodiesel

Truck is happy running B100 ASTM biodiesel from Sirona Fuels in the East Bay. I’ve been running Biodiesel fuel in my Cummins powered truck for over two years now, and none of the few horror stories I’ve heard have come true. True my first few fuel filters clogged up as the biofuel worked its powerful solvent through the fuel tank, fuel lines, mechanical lift pump, injection pump, and injectors. B99 BioDiesel is going to clean everything, and since your filter is the last thing inline before your fuel injection pump, all the crud the B99 dislodges is going to end up in the filter. Run Biodiesel for a few months and your engine is sure to run better and cleaner.

A few months ago, being the curious fellow that I am, I dropped the Dodges fuel tank to take a look see. It was clean as a whistle. Rubbing my hands inside the tank transferred no nasty gunk to my skin. I recall Fossil Fuel Diesel being dirty, smelt and leaving a nasty layer of tar or asphaltum on my hands when the truck had only seen Dino diesel.

Algae PhotoBioReactor

I’m interested in all things alternative fuel, and energy. So I’m looking at solutions for creating Biofuel or biodiesel from things like used restaurant cooking oil, to using virgin oils from plants like the jatropha, or Algae Oil and I came across a solution for processing algae into lubrication oil.

Urban Algae has invented an Algae PhotoBioReactor using commonly available surplus parts.

Urban Algae’s low-cost, high-yield photobioreactors, or Algae Pods (a-pod) are recycled industrial totes re-engineered into high-efficiency, high-yield algae photobioreactors.

Algae can be farmed and converted to fuel or lubricants, and even food. Urban Algae is leading the way to actualizing cost effective farming of algae using their low-cost, high-yield photobioreactors.