Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
What's New?Did you know I had separated my website into 2, I moved the gardening, butterflies, making charcoal at home, grow lights, and gardening for cats, to DirtOnMyHands.com
It's fall, NEW BOAT PROJECT TIME
I have a lot of resources for new and experienced boatbuilders.
Have you figured out what you are building?
- I have MANY pages of boat plans and boat plan links. Many are free
- What's the best type of boat for ME?
- Lots of Links to Boatbuilding Books Mostly Amazon links.
- Boatbuilding resources Essentially this page is an index to my various pages on boat building, finishing, materials, types of boats, paddles and more.
- Articles on varous types of boats: *Dories, *Skin on Frame such as kayaks, *Rowboats, *Ultralight boats, *Take apart and folding Boats, *Faerings, *Cedar Strip or Strip Planking, *Simple Punts, *Canoes, *Houseboats, *Multihulls
I've been updating various pages. Today I updated the Rowing boat plans page. I fixed a couple of broken links and added several new links.
Plans for many types of rowing boats
It's Fall and the Dogs and Cats will be spending more time inside. It's time to treat everyone so that they don't bring in fleas into the house.
Never feed these foods and medicines to your cat
I keep getting links that list things you should never feed your cat. I decided to check them out to see why these were listed and if it was true. As usual the internet was not as accurate as I would like. This is an accurate lists for cats and also includes information for dogs. From my gardening pages.
I took apart my microwave oven
I've always wondered what made a microwave oven work.
Kayaking in the old Quarry at the Wainfleet Wetland Conservation Area
I check out a new stream kayaking in Port Colborne
I tried my hand at distilling catnip essential oil.
Gluing on the skegs
Making the Spars
Installing Gudgeons and Pintles on the Rudder Box
Finishing SCAMP hull bottom, sanding, glassing, sanding
Not only are they delicious but they can be picked late in the fall or in spring.
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
Finished the rudder case
Making the tiller
Hawk eats Bird in my yard and is challenged by crows.
High drama in the backyard as 3 local crows come and check out a hawk eating a bird.
Making sanding pads for my Dremel multi tool.
I got some sandpaper sheets and made some sanding pads for my Dremel. Saved myself a lot of money.
Pink Slime Mould in my firewood
I found pink and yellow slime mould growing on a piece of firewood.
Glued in the coaming cap
I'm not too sure what to call the piece of wood that runs along the coaming, but I glue it in today. I also worked on glassing the gussets and fitting in the wood along the gusset.
Kayaking to Point Abino Lighthouse
This is a kayak paddle I took during the summer. Pt. Abino lighthouse is on Lake Erie near my home. It is a short distance from Buffalo on the Canadian Side.
All this cold weather is making me dream.
Are Frogs Smart?
This past summer I had a frog move in my pool. He showed great ability to learn and evade my plans to boot him out of the pool. He was much more clever than I expected.
Houseboat plan pageand
Houseboats info page
Updated Puddle Duck Mast Page
I had broken my mast sailing in gusty conditions and I made a new square mast. Finally got around to showing the mast build. The mast is a Michael Storer design and has worked perfectly.
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 silicone carbide blade scraper. I'm thrilled with the stupid scraper. Go figure!
Added a whole lot of Motor Boat Plans
Butterflies of S-Ontario and NW US
I was sorting out summer photos and realized I had some lovely butterfly pictures
Added a whole lot of Canoe and Kayak Plans
Added a page of Multihull Boat Plans
Page about Multihulls
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?
This summer I got a kayak at an estate sale. It's been great fun.
Kayaking in Port Colborne
Kayaking in Black Creek
Making a simple
kayak splash skirt
I went in Lake Erie but the waves were quite high and the boat took on quite a lot of water so I realized I needed a splash skirt.
Kayak came with a Simple but effective Dolly
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.
Some Photos of spiders that live in my yard
What is Stainless Steel?I was curious and did some digging to find out what made steel stainless. Why are some magnetic and others not. As usual there is much more than meets the eye.
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.