Making a Living in the Wake of the Pelican Disaster


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Awesome post David. It has everything – history, engineering, production design, some sex thrown in. Nicely done. And the writing is good too!

    When I was a commercial raft guide I remember how the best trips started – even before the put-in – with my feeling that people were in my care and that I was inviting them aboard my vessel. (There were less good trips too, but I’ve blocked out most of those.) There’s something very rewarding about taking people into situations where they aren’t necessarily comfortable all on their own but where they can – and will! – have a good time if you do it right.

    (Also, what’s the name of the marine plywood you used?)Report

  2. Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

    In the case of our plywood, we used a less well-known species that our testing showed to be stiffer and stronger (as well as more rot resistant, and less costly) than the more common alternatives. But there are no published materials behavior data for the plywood we selected, so we were obliged to send a sample out to an ASTM-certified materials testing laboratory to have our result confirmed. (They were.)

    Does this generalize?  I mean, is the wood in the “legit” database now?

    If someone wants to use the same wood, do they piggyback on your certification, or do they have to do the same materials testing?Report

  3. Avatar Shelley says:

    That’s a heartbreaking photograph.

    Thank God for friends in a tragic world.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Wow.  The work on your site is really quite powerful.

    Just wanted to say.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    gotta say, reading about your design would make me a LOT more excited to get on the end product, vis an ordinary boat. 😉Report