Christine DeMerchant's Web Page
I am currently setting up my website to run as secure website. HTTPS instead of HTTP. There are still a few insecure links and I'm hunting them down. Talk about teaching an old dog new tricks.
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.
Installed the Fence/Backrest/Splashguard on the SCAMP
After spending time sanding and preparing the underside of the deck, I was ready to glue on the side pieces on either side of the cockpit.
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.
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
Sole liner is now done
Second layer of the floor (sole) is glued down.
I made a small window at the front
This will bring a bit of natural light in the front watertight compartment.
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.
I hatched and released a whole bunch of Monarch Butterflies
Raising Monarch Butterflies From Eggs
I gathered eggs from my milkweed patch, hatched and raised the little caterpillars and released the emerged butterflies
Monarch Butterfly life cycle
Growing Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies
Making a couple of nesting boxes
I was procrastinating doing some epoxy work on the SCAMP so I made a couple of nesting platforms for Robins, Blue Jays or Mourning Doves. I'll install them tomorrow and see who claims them.
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 visited the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
I was actually visiting the Hamilton Woodworking show but it was held in the war plane museum and what a treat.
Inner Tube Boats
I just updated my Inner tube boat, Corky page.
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?
What is Cedar and is it good for boatbuilding?I tried to figure out the difference between the many woods referred to as CEDAR. There is more to cedar than meets the eye.
Table of Characteristics of different North American Cedars
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.
My 12 Essential Garden Plants
These plants provide almost all the vegetables we eat in over the Summer and Fall.
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.
I built a jig to hold the bulkhead against the curved bottom
Tar Based Boat Finishes
Traditional tar based boat finishes have been used for centuries
So you Think you know everything about sails? Take my sail, rig and sailing quiz.