Welcome to my web page. I've put this up to show a little about myself and some of the projects I have worked on.
I have photographs, music and video. I hope you find it interesting.
Here are 3 photos from our July 2002 vacation in SW Ireland. The first is near Derrynane
The 2nd is with my daughter Emily, son Peter and my wife Julia, near the Burren, an unusual geological rock formation.
This was on Valentia Island looking north across Dingle Bay.
I took this photo in 2000 at Lake Tahoe, California after a light snowfall – a very beautiful place.
In 2004 I was lucky to be able to go to Paris and stay with my step brother and his family for 1 week. I really loved it, It was great to see something so different. I wished I could speak French, - if I mumbled a couple of words in French, then they would answer me in French and I was really screwed but I found the Parisians all spoke English and were very accommodating.
The Cathedrals are incredible. I had read about them years earlier in an architectural history class, to see them in person was a treat.
And the view from the top (this is a composite picture).
And look at that pipe organ, hanging on the wall.
The engineering and detailing is incredible, they were the moon rockets of their day.
The ramps are deserted now but they and the river must have been crowded with traffic in the past.
My son Peter runs track, this is a video from last year.
Video (13MB file) of Peter running in the 4 X 400 relay.
Catholic League Championships Indoor 2004: Lehigh University, February 15, 2004
4 x 400 meter relay; O’Hara “A” (Peter Maynard, Matt Berrodin, Jack Braconnier, Steve Cook)
My daughter started rowing crew at Rutgers, She is 3rd from the bow.
A couple of pictures of the 180-mph wood and fiberglass airplane I built in the '80's.
Flying by at Scroon Lake, NY.
Another airplane shot on the ground in roughly level flight attitude.
I built this plane from a kit. While I was building that airplane, I played with the idea of modifying the design to a single seat version. I never did anything with my ideas other than build a scale model and some drawings. Recently I spent some more time on the drawings and they are listed here. I developed linkages that would droop the ailerons as the flaps were deployed. This was not an original idea but was rarely done with small general aviation aircraft. I have detailed fabrication drawings of the linkages. I do not advise anybody actually try to build this based on these scant, incomplete and untested drawings. But, they are still interesting.
Video of Philadelphia Glider Center Sept, 2001 where I started taking lessons in 2001 - trying to get back in the air but it’s hard to find the time to finish getting my glider rating.
Some of my more recent boat projects.
A photo of the first sailboat I built, taken on Chesapeake Bay shortly after I finished it. Edwin Monk designed “Cerlew” in 1934.
Another more recent photo from Barnegat Bay, NJ
A side and plan view drawings of the original design.
The same view showing some of the modifications I made, a modern centerboard, kick up rudder and the addition of an inboard engine.
A description of the modifications I made to the original design.
An interior photo showing the engine.
Video sailing at 8 knots on the Chesapeake with my brother Dave at the helm.
Some more recent photo’s sailing with a half dozen other boats on Barnegat Bay.
I built a rowing boat for Julia, this shot taken on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The hull is a kit called The Merry Wherry. It’s based on an older English hull design but built using thin marine plywood and modern, light, simple, stitch and glue construction method.
This past fall, the Delaware River Chapter of the TSCA met the Annapolis chapter at the Annapolis Naval Academy Museum. We were given a tour of their world-class collection of English Dockyard ship models like the 1 below. These models were built at the same time as the full size ships. Their accuracy and detail are extraordinary. This was the first museum tour I had ever attended and our tour guide, Lawrence Biemiller, the curator of the museum, was very impressive. He added so much life and insight to these models, it was a wonderful day trip, (the museum is open to the public).
Here is a slideshow of some of the models (20 pictures 12mb).
We also had the annual chapter hosted messabout at Union Lake, NJ. The wind picked up a bit as Hurricane Ivan came through but it was a great day.
A Delaware Ducker.
The sunset on the way home, after Ivan passed by.
This is my latest completed project. It’s adapted from an older design “Melon Seed” once built in New Jersey. I have modified it for modern construction using marine plywood.
Below is a drawing comparing the original hull sections (black lines) and the layout of the new sections and planks (red lines), as well as the offset table, which are the essential dimensions that define the shape of the hull.
This is a photo of a ½ scale model I built using ¼ “ plywood to test my layout of the frames and planks.
Here is a more detailed description, some additional photos of the ½ scale model, plank and frame dimensions and some details.
Some photo’s of the real full-size hull going together.
Here are additional progress photos. or a Slideshow of construction photo’s (you will need Adobe6 viewer to open this and hi-speed internet access to view this on-line).
Here are additional photos of the new sail rig and centerboard.
Some photo’s sailing in Assateague on several overnight camping-sailing trips. At this point I had replaced the daggerbord with a centerboard and changed the sail rig from sprit to marconi.
Here we are at Green Run.
My fellow campers Floyd and Mike and I on the Atlantic side of Assateague Island.
Mike and John at the campsite.
I find the video below very relaxing. The water is very shallow; it’s hard to see the bottom in the video but its right there.
Video (4min:40sec) sailing the Melon Seed near Chincoteague Island, VA
I started on a Kingston Lobster boat circa 1885 from Chapelle’s “American Small Craft” but I only got as far as 1:6 scale model to test the plank layout. The hull shape would work well with the stitch and glue construction method and it has a skeg like the Cerlew for an inboard engine if desired. I changed the rig to the same type as I now have on the Melon Seed. The overall balance is the same as the original rig but should be much easier to handle. I decided it was a better work boat than recreational boat and I will not build it.
Meanwhile this mostly finished Whisp found its way to my garage and I expect to have it in the water very early in 2006. It should really go with my Melon Seed rig.
This photo was from the last day of the Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival in St Michaels Maryland in October-2005.
I had a chance to go sailing on the sandbagger Bull in Barnegat Bay. We were sailing them each with a total crew of 8, 1 on the main sheet, 1 on the jib sheet, 1 on the tiller and 5 for ballast. No sand or water ballast. I brought my video camera. Here is 30 seconds of video.
And here is my latest boat, just in the water 2 weeks before Memorial Day 2007.
I used this boat for most of my sailing the summer of '07.
Mike Wick and I sailed from Old Ferry to Green Run on 8-25-07.
This is taken from Green Run
This was taken the following day just leaving Green Rum on the way to our first turn North, Mike is off in the distance.
Here is the Google Earth GPS track of that trip
I enhanced the image to bring out the contrast and the shallows. The print is rotated to a landscape orientation, north is approximately 8 o'clock position. The 2nd day, the wind died on the way back and we were many miles from Old Ferry in 90+ degree heat, high humidity, directly in the sun, no wind and the mosquitoes on shore were simply amazing. We rowed two stints of 30+ min and then the wind picked up and we sailed back. You can see these towards the center of the image, just prior and in between rowing we were headed across the bay (almost straight down in the picture - and making no headway at all towards Old Ferry). It was interesting after getting home plotting our progress slowly going nowhere in the vanishing wind versus rowing. The GPS track has time and speed information which does not show in the Google Earth image. The time line, starting with that longest tack across the bay at 8:53AM, at 9:54 we tacked towards Old Ferry. At that point we had sailed for 1 1/2 hours without getting any closer to Old Ferry (actually we were further away). At 10:18 we started rowing until 10:54. We then sailed 2 short tacks until 11:53 when we started rowing again until 12:29. At that time the wind picked up enough to get us going again and we made good time back averaging 3 1/2 + knots the rest of the way back. At the end I chose the inland approach to Old Ferry, Mike took the more direct route, getting there ahead of me.
Here is another 1:6 model, Ted Geary's Flattie which I added 3-1/2” of deadrise to the bottom, I’m not sure that is an improvement over the original but either way I doubt that I will build it to find out.
Here is the Whisp at Union Lake sailing over 7 knots.
Since then I’ve made some improvements, a new mast and replaced the leeboard with a centerboard.
The mast design/construction is described here, 4 sided with an octagonal core, here’s the top with the end plug after it was finished.
Here is the new rig.
and the centerboard, I cannot wait to see how it does.
I just finished Tom Hill’s Charlotte for Julia.