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Old 16-05-2006, 16:58   #1

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Life on Easy Street

I've been on this site for a while so I guess it's time I introduced myself.
I'm Brent Swain. I bought a 36 foot ferro cement hull at the ripe old age of `19 , finished her off and set sail for New Zealand at the ripe old age of 23. I spent two years cruising the South Pacific in her before she blew aground and broke up at Beachcomber island in Fiji. I shipped home what I could salvage off her, built a 29 ft steel sloop and sailed back to French polynesia for the winter. I cruised BC waters for the next ten years , and after designing and building steel origami boats for others I built my current boat "Easy street "a 31 ft steel twin keeler. I sailed her to Mexico, and two trips to Tonga and back to BC as well as 20 years of cruising 11 months a year in BC. All has been
I work about a month a year helping others get their dream boats together, and cruise the rest. Money problems are easily solved by minimising the amount you need.
I wrote a book on origami metal boatbuilding which along with sale of plans ,subsidises my cruising.

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Old 16-05-2006, 19:21   #2
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I started reading the origami site several months back and became so enthralled that I read the 8400 or so posts at that time. I bought your book and it was well worth the money spent.

I enjoy your "take no prisoner" defense of your boats.

When you strike first, you don't have to get even.
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Old 25-01-2007, 13:03   #3
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Hi Brent,

I'm interested in building a trailerable sailboat of about 32 feet in length with twin keels. Do you know where I can get some plans for study with basic illustrations? Thanks in advance. Bob PS. When I registered, I said it was alright for members to send me emails.
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Old 25-01-2007, 15:17   #4
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why the louis riel bit?
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Old 25-01-2007, 15:22   #5
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Aloha Brent,
Welcome aboard!!
Kind Regards,
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Brent’s interesting website, Origami Magic
Boat Building Magic - The "Origami" Method
Origami Magic

Michauel Kasten also offers his insights into Folded Plate (“Origami”) boatbuilding (and more) at:
Frames First... or Plates First...?
A Discussion of Metal Boat Building Methods
Frames First or Plating First...?


From the Metal Boat Society
Special Issue on Framing Metal Boats ~ Metal Boat Quarterly (Fall 1996)
Goto: MBQ Back Issues

Editorial: Metal Boat Framing? You Bet! – Michael Kasten
Why Framing is Used – Thomas E. Colvin
"Frameless" Assembly – Gary Noble Curtis
Swain's "Folded Plate" Boats – Book Review by Pete Silva
Perelandra's Progress: Vanuatu – LeCain Smith & Sheila Moir

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"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

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