Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
I separated my website into 2, I moved the gardening, butterflies, making charcoal at home, grow lights, and gardening for cats, to DirtOnMyHands.com
Hull is painted
Hull paint is drying, next I need to turn it over and start finishing the topside.
What is that boat called? A dictionary on types of boats
Boat types and names are confusing, here is an attempt at figuring out what was what. This page is the result on my own notes trying to figure out different types of boats. It's a bit clearer now.
Finished and Installed metal strips on skegs
These will add another layer of protection for the skegs. I have a lot of rocks and shallow areas to deal with and this will help.
Too much epoxy to matrix ratio weakens a composite
Weight for weight, the greater the % of epoxy to your composite, the weaker it will be.
It's Springtime and the Dogs and Cats will be spending more time outside. It's time to start treating everyone for fleas and ticks.
- Fleas in cats and Fleas in dogs
- What do fleas and eggs look like?
- Natural Control of Fleas
- Ticks on cats, applies to dogs too.
- Treating fleas on kittens.
What is a hybrid?
What is a hybrid, are they better than regular seeds, are hybrids GMO?
What seeds need to germinate
What do seeds need to come up quickly and produce healthy seedlings. Why are some seed so difficult to grow? This article looks at some regular and some exceptional requirements for seed germination.
I don't usually allow guest speakers on my website but I made an exception. It's a great project. He's the kind of teacher I would have liked to have.
Springhouse Community School build a Bolger Pirate Racer
He includes a Kickstarter appeal, throw a few dollars his way. He's making a better world for us.This is what David Reece had to say about the project: ... these kids are taking to boat building like seagulls to a bag of Cheetos. For those of you who love boats and sailing, you know how rare and rewarding it is when the younger generation gets excited about those things, too. Here is a group of kids from a tiny rural town in the mountains, willingly learning about boats, boat design, sailing, construction, woodworking, and nautical life.
The kind of skills they are learning are beyond my expectations. Not only manual skills, but highly transferable skills like problem solving and cooperation, resilience and creativity. When problems arise, these students confront them with the same determination and grit that you would expect from adults.
This is going to be transformative for them.
I made a Foam Kayak Paddle Float
This float will help me balance the kayak if I need to get back inside after a tip.
How to recognize opossum tracks
How to recognize the odd little star shaped opossum tracks
I finally made myself a Clamp Rack
Finally after many years, I finally gave up the "chuck everything into a milk crate" school of clamp storage and made myself a rack. It's got wheels too!
How to tell the difference between dog and coyote tracks
Once you know what to look for, it's quite easy to tell the difference between dog and coyote tracks.
What is paracord and how to make a small boat bumper
Paracord project are many and some are quite fun. Here I made a bumper for the Skerry. 2 versions. Softer and more gentle than most commercial versions.
How to braid a 4 strand round braid, sennit.
This is useful as a knife rope, dog leash braid, or any other round cord.
Have you ever wondered how potentially Rabid animal bites are treated?
I was bitten by an unknown stray cat and got treated for potential rabies. Not much fun. Both cat and I survived.
I turned the Scamp over. Link to Video
I bought a new scraper and I'm thrilled
In an effort to make cleaning up and finishing epoxy easier I got myself a new silicon carbide blade scraper. I'm thrilled with the stupid scraper. Go figure!
Why do cats pee in the house?
I had a spot of trouble with one of the cats. I quickly became an expert in Cat Pee.
How to find cat urine stains using a UV light
How to get rid of Cat Urine Smells (or dogs)
What do vets learn when the analyze your cat's urine?
I made a light to help start seeds inside.
How much epoxy is needed to cover fiberglass cloth?
I was running out of epoxy and wondered if I would have enough to finish the hull or if I should order more.
I found a great local lumber mill
Located in the Niagara Region. It's always great fun to go on a field trip. I found good lumber for the gunwales of the SCAMP.
Comparison of characteristics of red oak and white oakCan I use red oak for boatbuilding and what is the difference between red and white oak.
Table of Characteristics of red and white oak.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the safest garden insecticide there is
What is it? How do you use it? How safe is it?
Graphite powder is often added to epoxy to make it more slippery
It is used on hulls of light boats and for parts that need to slide against each other such as centreboard and its case.
Knowing how to Heave-to could save your life
Heaving to is often the safest way to weather a storm if you can't get to a safe spot in time.
So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.